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Marquee Group – Genesis Open

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Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Thomas and Jason Day 12:23 P.M. ET No. 1 (Thurs.), 10:43 A.M. ET No. 10 (Fri.)

The stacked field at the Genesis Open includes eight of the top 10 players in the world rankings as the West Coast Swing comes to a close at the famed Riviera Country Club.

That being said, there were any number of groups that we could have spotlighted, but this one stands out above the field of major champions and superstars.

This dynamic grouping features the No. 1 player in the Official World Golf Rankings (Day), the No. 1 player in the FedEx Cup standings (Matsuyama) and the player with the most wins this season (Thomas with three).

Between Matsuyama and Thomas, they have won five of the first 10 PGA Tour events this season.

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They played together in the SBS Tournament of Champions at Kapalua, where Thomas won and Matsuyama finished in second place, three shots back.

Thomas would go on to win the next week while shooting a 59 at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Matsuyama finished in tie for 27th.

Matsuyama would win two weeks later, defending his title at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Thomas would miss the cut.

Day finished in a tie for fifth last week at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in spite of a third round 75 that saw him drop from a tie for the lead to 10 shots behind the eventual champion Jordan Spieth. In his previous start, Day missed the cut while playing in a group with Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

Day is in search of his first title since last May’s The Players Championship as he returns to Riviera for the first time since 2012 where he has two missed cuts and a tie for 62nd on his resume.

There are several scenarios in which Day could lose his No. 1 ranking to either Dustin Johnson or Matsuyama, so he needs a good week at Riviera to ensure he keeps his top spot that he has held for the past 47 weeks.

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