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The Genesis Open

By GolfGuru - 6 years ago in PGA News

The Genesis Open

The Genesis Open is generating a lot of buzz this year. No, it hasn’t suddenly become a Major or anything crazy like that. But, the tournament is held at the highly regarded Riviera Country Club and has been witness to a ton of history. Jack Nicklaus made his debut there, and it was also the first PGA TOUR tournament Tiger Woods played in.

Oh—and when Dustin Johnson won it last year, he became the No. 1 golfer in the world for the first time.

However, the history is not why the tournament is generating buzz. It’s the field—which is very impressive this year for fans and daily fantasy players. But more about that later. First….

How about a little information about the course and weather?

We are talking Southern California (Pacific Palisades) in February. So, the weather is not going to be picture perfect, but it will be better than what most of the country is seeing. Expectations are for the temperature to be in the high 50’s to low 60’s with clear skies Thursday through Saturday (partly cloudy on Sunday).

It could rain a little on Thursday (20 percent chance). But otherwise, none is expected. Winds will range from 7 MPH on Thursday to 10 MPH on Sunday.

As for the course, it is a par-71 that is 7,322 yards long. The course rating is 75.6, and it has a slope rating of 137. It has hosted Majors in the past but not since 1995. The course is scheduled to host during the 2028 Summer Olympics.

The Players

When you are filling out your daily fantasy lineup, it is hard not to take a look at last year’s winner. That is especially true if he happens to be the No. 1 golfer in the world, and has been playing well of late— like Dustin Johnson.

He hit 17-under to win last year’s Genesis Open. So far, he’s playing well this season as well. Last week he tied for second at Pebble Beach (14-under). Back in early January, he won the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii (24-under).

Of course, few things are harder to do than earning a repeat in golf. That will be especially true with the field that is expected this week:

Tiger Woods: He may not be the fierce beast of yesteryear, but he is someone you can never overlook. The moment you do will be the moment the old Tiger emerges, and he sets a new course record.

However, he will not have familiarity on his side like he did at the Famers Insurance Open. He hasn’t played at Riviera since 2006, and that time was cut short due to a flu bug. He’s also never done better than second.

Fantasy golf advice

Phil Mickelson: He hasn’t been a stud for some time, but he is playing well right now. Last weekend he tied for second at Pebble Beach (14-under). Prior to that, he tied for fifth in Phoenix (14-under). Mickelson is familiar with Riviera having won twice and taken second twice in the past. But last year he only placed 34th (4-under).

Jordan Spieth: Expectations are high for him heading into the tournament. Oddsmakers have given him 12-1 odds to win it all. But so far this season, the No. 3 golfer in the world hasn’t looked like what a No. 3 golfer should. He finished tied for 20th at Pebble Beach (8-under). But he didn’t make the cut in Phoenix the week before.

Last year he finished tied for 22 (6-under), missed the cut the year before, and tied for fourth in 2015.

Rory McIlroy: He failed to make the cut at Pebble Beach last week. But he didn’t necessarily play poorly; he just didn’t play well. His practice rounds heading in will say a lot about his game will go this week, but no one has more motivation to play well than him.

In 2016, he was two shots back after three rounds (tied for fifth). But then he shot a 75 on the final day to finish tied for 20th. It was his first time playing Riviera.

Buyer Beware: Bubba Watson— He’s a two-time winner. While that would normally be a good thing, but he has not been playing well lately. Last week he finished tied for 35th at Pebble Beach (6-under). The week before he finished tied for 40th in Phoenix (5-under).

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