Genesis Invitational 2021 best bets: Our Riviera guru joins our gambling podcast to make his picks

February 16, 2021

Steph Chambers

If you've been paying attention to Golf Digest's gambling content, you've been doing nicely for yourself.

Our “Be Right” podcast had correctly predicted three straight winners—starting with Si Woo Kim at the AMEX, continuing with Patrick Reed at Torrey and culminating with Brooks Koepka in Phoenix. For anyone who has tried betting on golf, you know it's a tough task to cash in three outright tickets in consecutive weeks.

Not to be outdone, our experts picks column at kept the positive vibes going last week, as Daniel Berger was the outright bet of two of our experts (Rick Gehman and Brandon Gdula), making it back-to-back weeks that two of our experts cashed their outright bets (following up Pat Mayo and our own Christopher Powers' call of Koepka at the WMPO).

You'll have to forgive the mini victory lap. We have assembled an all-star crew of golf data scientists and analysts—and this panel tends to get hot, like we did last season, going up more than 230 units in the 2019-'20 season. OK, we promise, the bragging ends there—we know all you care about now is the next winner.

We’ll keep it going this week with Golf Digest Staff Writer Daniel Rapaport joining the "Be Right" podcast from on-site at Riviera Country Club, site of the 2021 Genesis Invitational. Rapaport made the trip from Pebble Beach, where he watched Berger, Jordan Spieth and Nate Lashley duke it out on Sunday, so he gives us his takeaways from Pebble before getting into the stacked field at Riviera (9:24).

Rapaport has also played Riviera countless times having grown up outside L.A., so he shares his insights and tells us which players he thinks will be contend this week. A couple spoilers: He thinks Spieth will continue to play well this week—and he also thinks it'll be tough to beat Dustin Johnson.

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