The Genesis Invitational R1

Sam Burns takes two-shot lead in California

February 18-21
The Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, California
$9,300,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4




Sam Burns started his round with an 18-foot eagle putt at the par-5 first hole, produced four birdies and two bogeys then finished with three consecutive birdies to close at 7-under, his third opening round 64 this season.


“This golf course at times doesn’t offer you a lot of opportunities,” said Burns. “So I think just with that mindset going in we were just going to take what we could get.”

He leads Matthew Fitzpatrick and Max Homa by two shots.



Patrick Cantlay, who led after the opening round at last week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and finished in a tie for third, is once again in the mix tied in fourth alongside seven other players after a 67.

Dustin Johnson fired four birdies and a bogey to close with a 68.


“You can’t ask for a course in better shape,” said Johnson. “The greens are perfect. It’s firm and fast. This golf course plays really difficult when it’s firm and fast. You have to be in the right position or you’ve got no chance.”



Six other players are tied in 12th place with Johnson, among them Brooks Koepka, winner of the Phoenix Management Phoenix Open and Jordan Spieth who hasn’t won since 2017 but has been on good form lately and has had the lead or co-lead heading into the final round for the past two weeks.

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Rory McIlroy fired two birdies and four bogeys to close with a 73 at T85.

“It was one of those days where it’s just as easy to shoot 2 or 3 under as it is to shoot 2 or 3 over,” said McIlroy. “There’s a couple of good scores out there, but you didn’t have to do too much wrong to be hovering around even par and be on the other side of it.”

Justin Thomas started his round well with a birdie but struggled greatly, firing three bogeys, three double bogeys and finishing with another birdie to close with a 77 in 117th place.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Sam Burns
-7
64
T2
Matthew Fitzpatrick
-5
66
T2
Max Homa
-5
66
T4
Patrick Cantlay
-4
67
T4
Wyndham Clark
-4
67
T4
Matt Jones
-4
67
T4
Jason Kokrak
-4
67
T4
Tyler McCumber
-4
67
T4
Joaquin Niemann
-4
67
T4
Alex Noren
-4
67
T4
Scottie Scheffler
-4
67
T12
Keegan Bradley
-3
68
T12
Talor Gooch
-3
68
T12
Dustin Johnson
-3
68
T12
Brooks Koepka
-3
68
T12
Francesco Molinari
-3
68
T12
Sebastián Muñoz
-3
68
T12
Jordan Spieth
-3
68
T19
Wesley Bryan
-2
69
T19
Tyler Duncan
-2
69
T19
Jim Furyk
-2
69
T19
Lanto Griffin
-2
69
T19
Russell Henley
-2
69
T19
Charley Hoffman
-2
69
T19
Tae Hoon Kim
-2
69
T19
Mackenzie Hughes
-2
69
T19
Andrew Landry
-2
69
T19
Marc Leishman
-2
69
T19
Adam Long
-2
69
T19
Adam Scott
-2
69
T19
Cameron Smith
-2
69
T19
Cameron Tringale
-2
69
T19
Will Zalatoris
-2
69
T34
Rickie Fowler
-1
70
T34
J.B. Holmes
-1
70
T34
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
-1
70
T34
Luke List
-1
70
T34
Willie Mack III
-1
70
T34
Troy Merritt
-1
70
T34
Kevin Na
-1
70
T34
Matthew NeSmith
-1
70
T34
Jon Rahm
-1
70
T34
Kyle Stanley
-1
70
T34
Sepp Straka
-1
70
T34
Harold Varner III
-1
70
T34
Richy Werenski
-1
70
T47
Abraham Ancer
E
71
T47
Ryan Armour
E
71
T47
Cameron Davis
E
71
T47
Tony Finau
E
71
T47
Doug Ghim
E
71
T47
Lucas Glover
E
71
T47
Branden Grace
E
71
T47
Adam Hadwin
E
71
T47
Scott Harrington
E
71
T47
Viktor Hovland
E
71
T47
Sung Kang
E
71
T47
Si Woo Kim
E
71
T47
Matt Kuchar
E
71
T47
Hideki Matsuyama
E
71
T47
Cheng Tsung Pan
E
71
T47
Pat Perez
E
71
T47
Andrew Putnam
E
71
T47
Patrick Rodgers
E
71
T47
Xander Schauffele
E
71
T47
Brandt Snedeker
E
71
T47
Brendan Steele
E
71
T47
Camilo Villegas
E
71
T47
Bubba Watson
E
71
T47
Matthew Wolff
E
71
T71
Corey Conners
1
72
T71
Austin Cook
1
72
T71
Sergio Garcia
1
72
T71
Brian Gay
1
72
T71
Emiliano Grillo
1
72
T71
Brian Harman
1
72
T71
Tom Hoge
1
72
T71
Danny Lee
1
72
T71
Maverick McNealy
1
72
T71
Henrik Norlander
1
72
T71
Kevin Streelman
1
72
T71
Vaughn Taylor
1
72
T71
Nick Taylor
1
72
T71
Brendon Todd
1
72
T85
Stewart Cink
2
73
T85
Jim Herman
2
73
T85
Bo Hoag
2
73
T85
Russell Knox
2
73
T85
Nate Lashley
2
73
T85
Peter Malnati
2
73
T85
Rory McIlroy
2
73
T85
Collin Morikawa
2
73
T85
Scott Piercy
2
73
T85
Chez Reavie
2
73
T85
Robby Shelton
2
73
T85
Robert Streb
2
73
T85
Michael Thompson
2
73
T85
Gary Woodland
2
73
T99
Joel Dahmen
3
74
T99
James Hahn
3
74
T99
Mark Hubbard
3
74
T99
Denny McCarthy
3
74
T99
J.T. Poston
3
74
T99
Doc Redman
3
74
T105
John Augenstein
4
75
T105
Bryson DeChambeau
4
75
T105
Angus Flanagan (a)
4
75
T105
Dylan Frittelli
4
75
T105
Padraig Harrington
4
75
T105
Harry Higgs
4
75
T105
Martin Laird
4
75
T105
Carlos Ortiz
4
75
T105
Charl Schwartzel
4
75
T105
Brian Stuard
4
75
T115
Tim Widing (a)
5
76
T115
Xinjun Zhang
5
76
117
Justin Thomas
6
77
T118
Tyler Strafaci (a)
7
78
T118
Jimmy Walker
7
78
120
Charles Howell III
8
79
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