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2021 Genesis Invitational: Stars will turn out for Riviera

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The Genesis Invitational will return to Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., this week and feature 8 of the top 10 players in the world.

8 of world’s top 10 commit to PGA Tour event that wraps up West Coast Swing, contrasting recent power shortage at Pebble Beach

Two of the PGA Tour’s most iconic settings have attracted very different fields as the West Coast Swing wraps up this week.

Last week at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links, none of the world’s top-10-ranked players and only five of the top 50 teed it up at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. No. 15 Daniel Berger won it and advanced to 13th in the Official World Golf Ranking. Contrast that relative lack of star power with this week at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, about 320 miles south of Pebble Beach.

Eight of the top 10, led by No. 1 Dustin Johnson, No. 2 Jon Rahm, No. 3 Justin Thomas and No. 4 Xander Schauffele, and 30 of the top 50 were scheduled to compete. One week before the Florida Swing signals the traditional run-up to the Masters in early April, the PGA Tour season will catch its stride this week at "Hogan's Alley."

Johnson, who won the European Tour’s Saudi International two weeks ago before withdrawing from Pebble Beach early last week, has cemented his spot atop the golf world. He has won four of his past eight starts, dating to the Northern Trust playoff event in August, and claimed the FedEx Cup and Masters titles in late 2020. The fact that he won at Riviera in 2017 will make him a favorite to add his 25th PGA Tour title.

Riviera has played host to the former Los Angeles Open on 57 occasions dating to 1929, including every year since 1999.

Bubba Watson, a three-time winner at Riviera, and Adam Scott, who won twice, will be among the favorites. Phil Mickelson, who missed the cut last week at Pebble Beach and is a two-time winner at The Riv, did not enter the field this week.

Among the top 10 in the world ranking, only No. 5 Tyrrell Hatton and No. 8 Webb Simpson were not entered.

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