February 13th, 2019

Genesis Open Golf Preview

The Golf is back with an extra strong field for the Genesis Open. After Lefty’s impressive win at his favourite course, who ticks the boxes for this weeks tournament?

The Course

The Riviera Golf Course is a Par 71. Also known as “Hogans Alley”, the course has tight fairways and fast greens. The California Course suits the Big Hitters, mostly because of the Tree alignment along the tight fairways. The course was ranked as the toughest to hit the greens last year. It was also one of the most difficult course to sink 10ft or less putts last year. Course experience is a must here. Also scoring at the Par ‘s is crucial. Previous winners Merrick, B Watson, Hahn, Bubba Again, D Johnnson and Bubba again all shot -8 on their 12 attempts at the Course Par 5’s.

The Conditions

There is expected to be rain this week and February itself has been a damp one here. With a few dog-leg holes on course players benefit from being able to move the ball both ways. A High ball flight suits as does an ability to grind due to the low scoring nature of the course.

The Stats

The winners of the last four years were placed 6th, 2nd, 2nd and 1st after their 1st rounds. So a bad start is unlikely to be clawed back. Bubba won here coming in, in pretty awful form. As mentioned earlier he wins here. Not to be discounted. D Johnson won 2 years ago after 3 top 6 finishes out of 4 tournaments. Looking at current form, Kuchar, Bryson DeCha’, Leishman and Oosthuizen deserve a mention. The Spanish duo of Rahm and Garcia (if he keeps his head!) also deserve a mention.

Phil Mickelson, Dusty and of course Bubba deserve a mention for previous form around the course. Lefty can’t win two in a row, can he? Hahn, Merrick and Baddeley have all won here at big starting prices in the last decade. The tournaments average price of winner is 80/1 from 2010. Even Bubba won as a 50/1 shot last time out.

Selections

B De Chambeau @ 14/1

How can you not select him with his form. A player that has a good touch around the course and a great temperament to boot. I think he’s worth a shout.

Phil Mickelson @ 22/1

Lefty has it going for him around here. I slightly discounted him despite the stats giving him a good shout last week. I don’t think I want to make the same mistake twice. May not win but Confidence is high.

Louis Oothuizen @ 40/1

My big outsider isn’t a massive price this week. Oosthy has form around the course. The Grass makes this course Suits South African and Australasian players. Sometimes you’ve just got to go with your gut!!

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