World’s elite players provide plenty of storylines and raw power to this week’s PGA Tour event at Riviera in suburban Los Angeles
What a difference one week can make on the PGA Tour.
Last week at iconic Pebble Beach, none of the world’s top 10 players entered the annual stop on the Monterey Peninsula. Daniel Berger provided plenty of fireworks with a 72nd-hole eagle to win by two strokes, but at No. 15 in the world, he was one of only a handful of top-50 players in the field.
Things will be different this week down the coast at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades near Los Angeles, site of the Genesis Invitational. With eight of the top 10 and 30 of the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking in the field, star power seemingly will highlight every pairing.
Among the featured groups for Thursday’s first round:
- World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, the 2017 Riviera winner, will be paired with three-time L.A. champion Bubba Watson, a fellow American, and defending champion Adam Scott of Australia at 7:24 a.m. PST on the 10th tee.
- World No. 2 Jon Rahm of Spain will tee off one group earlier, in the 7:13 PST pairing, with Americans Collin Morikawa and Patrick Cantlay, who rank sixth and eighth, respectively, in the world order.
- No. 10 Bryson DeChambeau of the U.S. will make his first appearance in the continental United States – and only his third start worldwide in 2021 – in an 11:43 a.m. PST pairing that will feature the long ball. DeChambeau, who leads the PGA Tour in driving distance at 329.2 yards, will trade blows with Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, who ranks seventh in the world and No. 2 in driving distance, and American Cameron Champ, the No. 3 driver on tour.
- An all-American pairing will feature four-time major champion Brooks Koepka with No. 3 Justin Thomas and No. 4 Xander Schauffele at 11:54 a.m. PST off the first tee.
Earlier this week, Berger withdrew and was not replaced for the $9.3 million event. Because the tournament is an invitational, an alternate was not added, and the field was set at 120 players.
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