The Genesis Invitational R1

Joaquin Niemann takes 3-shot opening lead

Genesis Invitational 2022 R1
February 17-20
The Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, CA
$12,000,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4

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Chilean Joaquin Niemann shot the best opening score on Thursday, an 8-under 63, to take a three-shot lead in the Genesis Open.


Genesis Invitational 2022 R1

“I think everything. I hit the ball great off the tee. My iron play, I was
hitting it really close so that makes it a lot easier. The greens were pretty good also today and it wasn’t that windy. So yeah, I think the whole game was pretty good today.”

His score matches the record lowest-opening score at Riviera Country Club and he is the ninth to play it from Charlie Sifford in 1969 to J.B. Holmes in 2019, four of whom went on to win the tournament.


Genesis Invitational 2022 R1

“I think it’s got to be one of my best days on the golf course, especially in a place like this with this history,” said Niemann. “Riviera Country Club is one of my favorite golf courses and this event is my favorite during the year.

“You always work to have these kind of days. Yeah, you always know that you’re never going to have these days four days in a row. It’s a good way to start. I know it’s going to be different days during the week, so I’ve got to be ready for everything and have the best attitude for it.”


Genesis Invitational 2022 R1

Americans Jordan Spieth, WM Phoenix Open winner Scottie Scheffler, Cameron Young and Max Homa are tied in second place at 5-under.

“I think my trainer and I were pretty excited about not being in that little first-off group, which is nice, get a few more minutes of sleep,” said Scheffler. “Those tee times are tough, people don’t realize if you’re teeing off at 6:40 in the morning what time you’re waking up, what time you’re getting out here. Half the places we show up in the morning then are closed. I’m sure the locker room was locked for all those guys this morning and trailer’s barely open and you’re warming up a literally in the dark basically until you tee off so you don’t really get a good feel for where your body’s at and how you’re swinging that day, so it’s definitely more challenging than people know.”


Genesis Invitational 2022 R1

Pos.PlayerTo ParR1
1Joaquin Niemann-863
T2Scottie Scheffler-566
T2Jordan Spieth-566
T2Cameron Young-566
T2Max Homa-566
T6C.T. Pan-467
T6Collin Morikawa-467
T6Jason Kokrak-467
T6Cameron Smith-467
T6Justin Thomas-467
T6Charley Hoffman-467
T12Kevin Tway-368
T12Patton Kizzire-368
T12Martin Laird-368
T12Maverick McNealy-368
T12Russell Knox-368
T12Adam Long-368
T12Adam Scott-368
T12Carlos Ortiz-368
T12Paul Casey-368
T12Dylan Frittelli-368
T22Keegan Bradley-269
T22Alex Smalley-269
T22Emiliano Grillo-269
T22Matthew NeSmith-269
T22Tony Finau-269
T22Jon Rahm-269
T22Xander Schauffele-269
T22Peter Malnati-269
T22Sahith Theegala-269
T22Chesson Hadley-269
T22Doc Redman-269
T22Cameron Tringale-269
T22Beau Hossler-269
T22Taylor Moore-269
T22Hank Lebioda-269
T22Abraham Ancer-269
T22Matt Kuchar-269
T22Rory McIlroy-269
T22Si Woo Kim-269
T22Patrick Rodgers-269
T22Will Zalatoris-269
T43Danny Lee-170
T43Alex Noren-170
T43Jhonattan Vegas-170
T43Andrew Putnam-170
T43Seamus Power-170
T43J.T. Poston-170
T43Joel Dahmen-170
T43Matt Jones-170
T43Marc Leishman-170
T43Bubba Watson-170
T43Aaron Wise-170
T43Sam Ryder-170
T43Pat Perez-170
T43Mito Pereira-170
T43Scott Piercy-170
T43Sebastián Muñoz-170
T43Francesco Molinari-170
T43Patrick Cantlay-170
T61Nick WatneyPar71
T61Lee HodgesPar71
T61Sergio GarciaPar71
T61Rickie FowlerPar71
T61Sungjae ImPar71
T61Sam BurnsPar71
T61J.J. SpaunPar71
T61Matt WallacePar71
T61Troy MerrittPar71
T61Viktor HovlandPar71
T61Brooks KoepkaPar71
T61Cam DavisPar71
T61Brandon HagyPar71
T61Kyle StanleyPar71
T61Robert MacIntyrePar71
T61Michael Brennan (a)Par71
T77Cameron Champ+172
T77Luke List+172
T77Kevin Na+172
T77James Hahn+172
T77Russell Henley+172
T77Aaron Rai+172
T77Corey Conners+172
T77Hideki Matsuyama+172
T77K.H. Lee+172
T77Mackenzie Hughes+172
T77David Lipsky+172
T77Jaekyeong Lee+172
T89Adam Hadwin+273
T89Scott Stallings+273
T89Thomas Pieters+273
T89Brian Stuard+273
T89Kramer Hickok+273
T89Taylor Pendrith+273
T89Dustin Johnson+273
T89Branden Grace+273
T97Doug Ghim+374
T97Erik van Rooyen+374
T97Chez Reavie+374
T97Charl Schwartzel+374
T97Tom Hoge+374
T97Lanto Griffin+374
T97Sepp Straka+374
T97Christiaan Bezuidenhout+374
T105Vince Whaley+475
T105Harry Higgs+475
T105Adam Schenk+475
T105Anirban Lahiri+475
T105Ryan Palmer+475
T105Brendan Steele+475
T111Henrik Norlander+677
T111Talor Gooch+677
T111Andrew Landry+677
T111Harold Varner III+677
T111Robert Streb+677
T111Patrick Reed+677
T111Min Woo Lee+677
118Roger Sloan+778
119Aaron Beverly+1182
DQWyndham ClarkPar77
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