By TERRY LYONS, Founder & Editor of PGA Tour Brunch
The Genesis Invitational - Second Round Preview & Notes
Sam Burns holds a two-stroke lead, the first 18-hole lead/co-lead of his PGA Tour career after the opening round of The Genesis Invitational. Burns has been among Top 5 after the first round in four of his starts this season, tied for the most on tour. He shot a seven-under (64) and leads Matthew Fitzpatrick and Max Homa who each shot five-under (66).
Homa (T-2) earned his first Top 10 of the season at last week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am (T-7) and has recorded nine consecutive under-par scores and 13 straight of par or better.
Reigning FedExCup champion and World No. 1 Dustin Johnson opened with 3-under (68) in search of second title at Genesis.
Patrick Cantlay is 58-under in his last 13 rounds on Tour, including scores of (61) and (62), two of the three lowest scores of his PGA career.
Tae Hoon Kim is T19 after a round of (-2) made a hole-in-one at the 168-yard par-3 16th with a 7-iron, earning an all-new 2021 Genesis G80 vehicle. He is making his PGA Tour debut after earning a sponsor exemption for winning the 2020 Genesis Championship on the Korean Tour.
Adam Hadwin, Abraham Ancer, and Robby Shelton will tee-off from No. 1 at 6:40am while Vaughn Taylor, Luke List, and tournament leader Sam Burns step-up on No. 10 to begin their second rounds at Riviera CC.
Weather for Friday: Mostly sunny and mild. Rest of weekend forecast is similar with exception of Saturday with increased winds, 15-20 mph with gusts 25 to 30 mph.
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Leaderboard After Round One at The Genesis Invitational
Sam Burns - 64 (-7)
Matthew Fitzpatrick - 66 (-5)
Max Homa - 66 (-5)
Eight players - 67 (-4)
Full Leaderboard: (link)
KEY INFORMATION: The GENESIS INVITATIONAL
PRIZE Money/First Place Winnings: $9,300,000/$1,674,000
DEFENDING Champion: Adam Scott (2020 Leaderboard link)
PAST RESULTS: (link)
PAST CHAMPIONS of Event: (link)
FEDEx CUP Winner’s points: 550
SOCIAL MEDIA: #PGATour #FedEXCup @thegenesisinv
TV COVERAGE: Friday, February 19: 2:00pm to 6:00pm ET on Golf Channel. Saturday, February 20: 1:00pm to 3:00pm (ET) on Golf Channel and 3:00pm to 6:00pm (ET) on CBS. Sunday, February 14: 1:00pm to 3:00pm (ET) on Golf Channel and 3:00pm to 6:30pm (ET) on CBS.
STREAMING: PGA Tour Live will offer streaming coverage of Featured Groups on Friday from 9:45am to 8:00pm (ET); On Saturday (11:00am-3:00pm ET) and Sunday (11:30am-3:00pm ET), PGA Tour Live will stream Featured Groups. Featured Holes will be streamed only on Saturday (3:00pm to 6:00pm ET) and Sunday from 3:00pm to 6:30pm (ET).
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PGA TOUR RADIO COVERAGE: Friday, February 19 - 2:00pm to 8:00pm (ET); Saturday, February 20 (1:00pm to 6:00pm (ET)) and Sunday, February 21: (1:00pm to 6:30pm (ET)) on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. PGA Tour Radio is available on Sirius 208/XM 92) or online on PGATour.com.
TOURNAMENT SITE (link)
Quick Look/Key Information:
Last Week’s Final Leaderboard from AT&T Pebble Beach (link)
2020 Genesis Results (Adam Scott was Champion) - (link)
Past Winners and Runners-Up at The Genesis (link)
What They’re Saying:
Burns Takes Two Shot Lead at Genesis with (64) - (PGA Tour Com)
Streaking Burns In Lead After Round One (CBS Sports)
Fitzpatrick, (66), Sets Tone at The Genesis (Golf Week/USA Today)
Tae Hoon Kim aced the 16th hole (Golf Week/USA Today)
#SportsBiz, Sporting Goods, and Golf Industry News
World Golf Championship field Shaping Up (Golf Week/USA Today)
Adam Scott Adds New Putter at Riviera (Golf Channel)
Edgewood-Tahoe Becoming Center Stage for NHL (USA Today/Golf Week)
February 19, 1978 - Dr. Gil Morgan, a licensed optometrist, shot a final round (70) to defeat Jack Nicklaus and win the Los Angeles Open at the Riviera Country Club. Nicklaus flubbed a chip shot on 15 and double-bogeyed to lose by two strokes. - (Courtesy of Randy Walker), Author of On This Day in Golf History, available via Amazon.com and by clicking HERE
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