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Genesis Invitational preview: Tiger's return headlines L.A. stop

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This week is the perfect situation for the PGA TOUR, with Tiger Woods returning to action in a signature event on one of the most iconic golf courses in the world.

Woods, who doubles as Genesis Invitational host, is making his first start on TOUR, outside of the Hero World Challenge, since the Masters last April. It will also mark the first time in 27 years that he won't be wearing Nike apparel, as he announced the launch of his own brand, "Sun Day Red," on Monday.

Woods joins 69 other top players in the field for the season's third signature event, with the top 50 and ties making the cut at the historic Riviera Country Club.

When: Feb. 15-18
Where: Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, California

How to watch

Date Time Channel
Feb. 15 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. GOLF
Feb. 16 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. GOLF
Feb. 17 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. GOLF
3:00 - 7:00 p.m. CBS
Feb. 18 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. GOLF
3:00 - 6:30 p.m. CBS

Last year's result

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Jon Rahm charged down the stretch on Sunday and won his third event in the opening two months of 2023 with a two-stroke victory over Max Homa.

The Spaniard saw his three-stroke 54-hole lead shrink early in the final round with the 2021 champion making five birdies in the opening 10 holes. After Rahm bogeyed the 10th and Homa answered with a birdie, the pair walked off the iconic green all square. However, Rahm righted the ship with birdies on No. 14 and 16 to pull back in front and secure the victory. Unfortunately for golf fans around the world, he won't be back to defend his title following his move to LIV Golf.

Recent winners

2023: Jon Rahm
2022: Joaquin Niemann
2021: Max Homa
2020: Adam Scott
2019: J.B. Holmes
2018: Bubba Watson
2017: Dustin Johnson
2016: Bubba Watson

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Reasons to watch

Signature event on historic course

Golf fans are being spoiled with February's signature events happening on two of the best golf courses in the world, Pebble Beach and Riviera. Bad weather wreaked havoc on the oceanside event, but the Los Angeles tournament should be clear of any delays. A loaded field once again takes to the course, with Rahm the only top-10 player in the world not participating.

Tiger back

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Riviera is worth watching because of the golf course alone, but in recent years it's also been one of our only chances to watch Woods in action. With the 48-year-old hosting the event, it's become the No. 1 week in which he attempts to play on the PGA TOUR outside of the majors. He showed flashes of quality form at the Hero World Challenge in December to build anticipation for this event. Add in his clothing launch earlier in the week, and the buzz around Woods right now is significant. However, he's never been able to fully tame Riviera, as he hasn't won at the course since his PGA TOUR debut as a 16-year-old.

Streak of long shots on the line

It looked like Scottie Scheffler would end the season of long-shot winners and claim the title in Phoenix last week. However, the World No. 1 faltered down the stretch and Nick Taylor emerged to win the trophy in dramatic fashion. The Canadian kept the streak of underdog champions going with the win, as all six champions on the PGA TOUR this year have come in at 100-1 odds or more. That streak looks set to end this week with only 34 of the 70 players holding odds of 100-1 or more - but one of those is Woods at 150-1.

Betting odds

Scottie Scheffler +650
Rory McIlroy +1,000
Justin Thomas +1,400
Viktor Hovland +1,400
Xander Schauffele +1,600
Collin Morikawa +1,800
Ludvig Aberg +1,800
Patrick Cantlay +1,800
Max Homa +2,000
Sam Burns +2,200
Jordan Spieth +2,800
Tony Finau +2,800
Adam Scott +3,000
Cameron Young +3,300
Sahith Theegala +3,300
Tommy Fleetwood +3,500
Matthew Fitzpatrick +4,000
Wyndham Clark +4,000
Nicolai Hojgaard +5,000
Will Zalatoris +5,000

Odds via theScore Bet

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