The Genesis Invitational R2

Sam Burns increases lead to 5-shots

February 18-21
The Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, California
$9,300,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4




Sam Burns played it safe on Friday and produced a bogey-free 66, firing five birdies along the way, to tie the 36-hole record at the Genesis Invitational. His 12-under 130 matched the record set by Mike Weir and Shigeki Maruyama in 2004.


“I’d like to think that I have all the tools to win out here,” said Burns. “There’s a lot of good players — really, really good players. I try not to get caught up in that and just trying to get better each week.”

“Whenever we were kind of in a tricky spot, just kind of took what the golf course gave us. There’s definitely times where I’ve tried to force it a little bit, but this just is not a golf course you want to do that.”



Five shots behind him is a group of four players including World Number 1 and former champion Dustin Johnson, who won in 2017 and has had nine top-10 finished in thirteen appearances.

Johnson leads the field in Strokes Gained ( Tee-to-Green: +7.267) in spite of seeming problems with his driver. He has hit just 10 of 28 fairways to rank 102nd in a 120-man field in driving accuracy. 


“I like my position. I’m five back, but on this golf course there’s only one guy in front of me,” said Johnson. “I like where I’m at and I do like this golf course, and hopefully I can drive it a little bit better on the weekend and give myself a few more chances.”

His biggest obstacle so far are the three par-5s where he has only made one birdie in two rounds and is ranked T94 for those holes. Burns on the other hand is 5-under on the same holes.

“One under is not going to get the job done (on the par-5s) over the weekend. Definitely need to take advantage of the par 5s the next couple days,” said Johnson. “But other than that I feel like I’m swinging my irons really well, I’m rolling the putter nicely, so looking forward to the weekend.”



Also tied in second place is Tyler McCumber, who could not have anticipated his good form this week after injuring his index finger on Tuesday and requiring emergency minor surgery.

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“I was coming out to the course and I went to open the windows to cool off the hotel room before I left, and I smashed it in a sliding window door right in the crevice. It went underneath the back of the nail bed and lifted half of the back of the nail up,” said McCumber. 

“It was pretty torn up, but fortunately the surgeon on site, the emergency surgeon, is a hand specialist. Dr. Modabber. So he gave me the option, he said we can bandage it up, obviously you can’t play because it’s just too painful, or we can do a procedure where we just rip off the nail, but half of the nail is still intact.”

“Basically I was able to kind of see if I could hit balls that next day and I was (able to). I just kind of altered my glove and kept it on all day and putted with it on. It’s a lot less (pain) without the fingernail on there, but you can tell it’s just kind of bleeding all the way through this bandage. Thankfully Riviera will take your mind off the pain.”



Behind the quartet in second place is a group of three players at 6-under, among them Jordan Spieth.

“It’s one of those rare weeks where you can’t get away with firing at flagsticks,” said Spieth. “There’s not much rough, but when you get in the rough it takes the spin off enough to where you can’t get into pins. A lot of times when you miss the greens, it’s harder to get it closer than where you could have hit your approach. It’s such a different experience from what we normally have on TOUR.”

Spieth fired five birdies and two bogeys for a 68.

“It’s not like you can go chase people on this golf course,” said Spieth. “So I’m happy with where I’m at, but just eliminate a couple of the minor mistakes here and there and try to keep clean cards on the weekend and let the rest of it take care of itself.”



Rory McIlroy missed the cut (73-76) as did Justin Thomas (77-73) and Bryson DeChambeau (75-69).

McIlroy has lost the longest active cut streak on Tour of 25 dating back to the 2019 Open. The new longest is now Xander Schauffele’s 22.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Sam Burns
-12
64
66
130
T2
Dustin Johnson
-7
68
67
135
T2
Jason Kokrak
-7
67
68
135
T2
Tyler McCumber
-7
67
68
135
T2
Joaquin Niemann
-7
67
68
135
T6
Wyndham Clark
-6
67
69
136
T6
Max Homa
-6
66
70
136
T6
Jordan Spieth
-6
68
68
136
T9
Patrick Cantlay
-5
67
70
137
T9
Matthew Fitzpatrick
-5
66
71
137
T9
Scott Harrington
-5
71
66
137
T9
Alex Noren
-5
67
70
137
T9
Cameron Smith
-5
69
68
137
T14
Tony Finau
-4
71
67
138
T14
Brooks Koepka
-4
68
70
138
T14
Andrew Landry
-4
69
69
138
T14
Kevin Streelman
-4
72
66
138
T14
Will Zalatoris
-4
69
69
138
T19
Wesley Bryan
-3
69
70
139
T19
Tyler Duncan
-3
69
70
139
T19
Jim Furyk
-3
69
70
139
T19
Talor Gooch
-3
68
71
139
T19
J.B. Holmes
-3
70
69
139
T19
Matt Jones
-3
67
72
139
T19
Sung Kang
-3
71
68
139
T19
Sebastián Muñoz
-3
68
71
139
T19
Jon Rahm
-3
70
69
139
T28
Cameron Davis
-2
71
69
140
T28
Branden Grace
-2
71
69
140
T28
Lanto Griffin
-2
69
71
140
T28
James Hahn
-2
74
66
140
T28
Viktor Hovland
-2
71
69
140
T28
Mackenzie Hughes
-2
69
71
140
T28
Matthew NeSmith
-2
70
70
140
T28
Scott Piercy
-2
73
67
140
T28
Patrick Rodgers
-2
71
69
140
T28
Xander Schauffele
-2
71
69
140
T28
Brendan Steele
-2
71
69
140
T28
Cameron Tringale
-2
69
71
140
T40
Rickie Fowler
-1
70
71
141
T40
Brian Gay
-1
72
69
141
T40
Brian Harman
-1
72
69
141
T40
Russell Henley
-1
69
72
141
T40
Bo Hoag
-1
73
68
141
T40
Charley Hoffman
-1
69
72
141
T40
Tom Hoge
-1
72
69
141
T40
Nate Lashley
-1
73
68
141
T40
Francesco Molinari
-1
68
73
141
T40
Cheng Tsung Pan
-1
71
70
141
T40
Scottie Scheffler
-1
67
74
141
T40
Kyle Stanley
-1
70
71
141
T40
Sepp Straka
-1
70
71
141
T40
Nick Taylor
-1
72
69
141
T40
Richy Werenski
-1
70
71
141
T40
Matthew Wolff
-1
71
70
141
T56
Keegan Bradley
E
68
74
142
T56
Adam Hadwin
E
71
71
142
T56
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
E
70
72
142
T56
Danny Lee
E
72
70
142
T56
Marc Leishman
E
69
73
142
T56
Collin Morikawa
E
73
69
142
T56
Kevin Na
E
70
72
142
T56
J.T. Poston
E
74
68
142
T56
Andrew Putnam
E
71
71
142
T56
Charl Schwartzel
E
75
67
142
T56
Adam Scott
E
69
73
142
T56
Harold Varner III
E
70
72
142
CUT
Ryan Armour
1
71
72
143
CUT
Stewart Cink
1
73
70
143
CUT
Corey Conners
1
72
71
143
CUT
Austin Cook
1
72
71
143
CUT
Sergio Garcia
1
72
71
143
CUT
Doug Ghim
1
71
72
143
CUT
Mark Hubbard
1
74
69
143
CUT
Russell Knox
1
73
70
143
CUT
Matt Kuchar
1
71
72
143
CUT
Martin Laird
1
75
68
143
CUT
Luke List
1
70
73
143
CUT
Maverick McNealy
1
72
71
143
CUT
Troy Merritt
1
70
73
143
CUT
Henrik Norlander
1
72
71
143
CUT
Pat Perez
1
71
72
143
CUT
Chez Reavie
1
73
70
143
CUT
Abraham Ancer
2
71
73
144
CUT
Bryson DeChambeau
2
75
69
144
CUT
Tae Hoon Kim
2
69
75
144
CUT
Hideki Matsuyama
2
71
73
144
CUT
Denny McCarthy
2
74
70
144
CUT
Carlos Ortiz
2
75
69
144
CUT
Doc Redman
2
74
70
144
CUT
Brandt Snedeker
2
71
73
144
CUT
Brian Stuard
2
75
69
144
CUT
Vaughn Taylor
2
72
72
144
CUT
Brendon Todd
2
72
72
144
CUT
Dylan Frittelli
3
75
70
145
CUT
Emiliano Grillo
3
72
73
145
CUT
Adam Long
3
69
76
145
CUT
Camilo Villegas
3
71
74
145
CUT
Jim Herman
4
73
73
146
CUT
Willie Mack III
4
70
76
146
CUT
Peter Malnati
4
73
73
146
CUT
Robby Shelton
4
73
73
146
CUT
Robert Streb
4
73
73
146
CUT
Bubba Watson
4
71
75
146
CUT
Gary Woodland
4
73
73
146
CUT
John Augenstein
5
75
72
147
CUT
Lucas Glover
5
71
76
147
CUT
Harry Higgs
5
75
72
147
CUT
Michael Thompson
5
73
74
147
CUT
Si Woo Kim
6
71
77
148
CUT
Joel Dahmen
7
74
75
149
CUT
Rory McIlroy
7
73
76
149
CUT
Tim Widing (a)
7
76
73
149
CUT
Xinjun Zhang
7
76
73
149
CUT
Justin Thomas
8
77
73
150
CUT
Jimmy Walker
8
78
72
150
CUT
Padraig Harrington
9
75
76
151
CUT
Charles Howell III
9
79
72
151
CUT
Angus Flanagan (a)
11
75
78
153
WD
Tyler Strafaci (a)
E
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