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Genesis Open: Expert Picks

A strong field this year at Rivera.

PGA: Genesis Open - Final Round Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Tournament Information:

Genesis Open (formerly Los Angeles Open)

Date: February 15th – 18th

Course: Riviera Country Club

Purse - $7MM ($1.2MM to winner)

FedEx points – 500 to winner

2017 Winner: Dustin Johnson (-17)

Course: Rivera Country Club. Built in 1927 under the then Los Angeles Athletic Club, this event has hosted under the name Los Angeles Open dating back to 1929. At 7,300 yards, the par 71 course, the course runs pretty easy if you don’t get caught up trying to get ahead too quickly. Wind can be an obstacle at times across this longer course, especially without a lot of trees to block cross drafts.

My Starting 4:

Dustin Johnson. It’s not just that he won here last year, or that he was 4th in 2016. It wasn’t that he was 2nd in 2015. Wait that’s exactly what it is, it’s all of the three.

Justin Rose. Currently 5th in the official world golf ranking, Justin comes to Riviera where he finished 4thlast year and 16th in 2016. He has participated in three PGA events this season finishing 1st, 5th and 8th. His driver has been strong as he sits 15th in strokes gained off the tee.

Adam Scott. It seems to me he has been largely forgotten (given his results this season it makes sense – 25th, 50th and missed cut) but he comes to the Genesis Open where he finished 11th last year and 2nd in 2016. Most of his metrics are strong, he’s 5th in strokes gained off the tee, 4th in strokes gained approaching the green, 13th in strokes gained around the green! Here is what is destroying him, he’s 198th in strokes gained putting.

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Tommy Fleetwood. Welcome to the 2018 PGA season Tommy. He has been on a tear overseas where he finished 6th at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, 1st in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, 3rd in the Hero World Challenge, 6th in the UBS Hong Kong Open and 21st in the DP World Tour Championship.

My Bench 2:

Bubba Watson. Nothing too flashy so far this season but he only has one missed cut. He withdrew here last year (potentially due to a hurt wrist) but prior to that he won in 2016 and finished 14th in 2015.

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Martin Laird, he has been boom or bust this season posting a 17th place finish and most recently a 9th place finish at the Waste Management Open around 3 missed cuts and a 54th place finish. He should find comfort at Riviera where he finished 8th last year and 11th in 2016. This is a bit of a gamble but I think he can come through. Last year he finished in the top 10 five times, he missed two cuts in the subsequent tournament late in the season but early he came through strong on the next week.

Poll

Which Golfer not mentioned above will do the best at Genesis Open?

This poll is closed

  • 10%
    Tiger Woods
    (5 votes)
  • 50%
    Phil Mickelson
    (25 votes)
  • 22%
    Jordan Spieth
    (11 votes)
  • 18%
    Justin Thomas
    (9 votes)
50 votes total Vote Now

2018 Stats:

Starting 4: Avg Finish 43rd place (33rd percentile)

Bench 2: Avg Finish 43rd place (33rd percentile)