Jon Rahm is inching ever closer to regaining the world’s number-one ranking for the first time since March 2022. Heading into today’s final round of the Genesis Invitational, Rahm leads the field by three strokes following a flawless third-round 65, which included six birdies and no dropped shots. Second-round leader Max Homa finds himself in second place, three shots behind his Spanish rival.
Heading into yesterday’s third round, Jon Rahm found himself one shot behind Max Homa.
With both Rahm and Homa going toe-to-toe, the two headed into the turn with the Spaniard leading by one stroke. Rahm was simply electric, posting four birdies through his first nine holes. Despite Rahm’s hot start, Homa wouldn’t be deterred, and he kept pace by scoring two birdies of his own.
Homa would then tie the lead once again with birdies on the 10th and 13th holes before the momentum would then dramatically shift in Rahm’s favor.
Two poor tee shots on the 15th and 16th saw Homa post successive bogeys and drop out of the lead. Homa’s errors were then capitalized further by Rahm who would finish with a birdie to head into today’s final round with a three-shot lead.
Keith Mitchell had another solid day posting a -2, 69. His round would have been even better having it not been for a disappointing bogey on his final hole. He will tee off today four shots behind.
Californian native Patrick Cantlay has been flying under the radar all week and the world number five will start today five shots off the lead.
Whilst Tiger Woods won’t be victorious, he offered some shoots of optimism by posting a superb -4, 67.
Yesterday’s third round was the most comfortable we have seen Woods look on the course all week. He provided one of the moments of the tournament by starting his third round yesterday with an eagle – he will hope to build on that positive display even further today.
If you are looking to place a bet ahead of today’s final round, then the value is very much the order of the day.
Unsurprisingly, Jon Rahm is the overwhelming favorite for victory. His current odds of -300 suggest this tournament is all but over, but if Rahm were to slip, there are others who will be looking to capitalize.
Joining Rahm in today’s final pairing will be Max Homa. Homa is looking to land his fifth PGA title in California and will still believe he is in with a great chance of victory.
Homa won the Farmers Insurance Open a few weeks ago having started the final round with a five-shot deficit. Homa would play some thrilling golf and would go on to win the tournament by two strokes.
Homa ranks 1st on Tour for recording consecutive birdies during his rounds and is more than capable of mounting a charge today. A former winner of this tournament back in 2021, Homa knows what it takes to win here.
Patrick Cantlay will start day five off the lead and is the likely value angle of the day.
Whilst he will need others to falter, Cantlay is certainly capable of clawing himself back into contention. Cantlay hasn’t dropped more than one shot in each round and will give himself plenty of looks for birdie today. Look for the world number five to get off to a hot start and apply pressure to those above him on the leaderboard.
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