These are the four best groups to watch at the 2017 Genesis Open

The Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club is probably my favorite tournament on the PGA Tour’s early season west coast swing. It’s one of the purest courses in the world with the best field of the season so far.

Tiger Woods withdrew (he also withdrew from his press conference), and Rory McIlroy could not make it because of a rib injury. But there are still some monster groups this week looking to take on the Riv. Let’s take a look at four of the best.

  1. Hideki Matsuyama, Jason Day, Justin Thomas: Sweet mercy, this is a ball-striking extravaganza. Three of the top eight golfers in the world. Somebody fan me and find me a seat.
  2. Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott, Justin Rose: And this one might be even better.
  3. Sergio Garcia, Jim Furyk, Phil Mickelson: This is a hilarious, awesome group. The group I would most want to hear conversations from. Can you imagine Mickelson trying to give Garcia coffee-making tips?
  4. Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Bill Haas: Watson and Haas have combined to win two of the last five, and Spieth almost stole one in 2015. There’s a decent-to-good chance the Sunday trophy-holder will come from this group.

Both Matsuyama and Johnson have a chance to reach No. 1 in the world with a win this weekend. They’ll have to earn it, though, as eight of the top 10 golfers in the world will be there (only missing McIlroy and Henrik Stenson). Either one of them will have to take them all out en route to usurping current No. 1 Jason Day.

The Australian sounds like ha has no plans of letting that happen.

“My whole goal in life was to get to No. 1 in the world, get to No. 1,” Day said Tuesday. “Where do you go now, you know what I mean? You’ve got to keep pushing forward and trying to find a way to stay there.”

CBS Sports Writer

Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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