Genesis Open betting tips & predictions – the Genesis Open, formerly known as the Northern Trust Open, was first played in 1926 and is played annually in Pacific Palisades, California. The tournament has been contested at the Riviera Country Club on a near-continuous basis since 1973.
Designed by golf course architect George C. Thomas Jr., Riviera has hosted the US Open in 1948 and the PGA Championship in 1983 and 1995. It also hosted the US Senior Open in 1998. Noted for its spectacular beauty and challenging design, Riviera Country Club is recognised as one of the best courses on the PGA Tour.
Former Tour player and current NBC Golf analyst Johnny Miller once said;
“Riviera is definitely one of the greatest, no-nonsense golf courses in the world. It requires a player to play every club in his bag and every shot in his game“
Riviera is a Par 71 (35-36) that measures 7,349 yards. Finding the fairways and even the right part of the fairways is key in order to attack pins and set up birdie opportunities. The fairways and rough consist of a tough strain of grass called Kikuya which makes for perfect lies on the fairway, sitting the ball up. However in the rough the grass grabs and covers the ball minimising the ability to control shots.
Tiger Woods is in the field this week and no doubt will attract the most of the media spotlight. He arrives to Riviera off the back of a solid, season-debut, T23 at the Farmers Insurance Open. As a 16-year-old amateur, Woods made his first PGA Tour start in 1992 at Riviera, competing on a sponsor’s exemption.
Greens in Regulation is again the key attribute. With a premium on playing from the short stuff, distance gives way to accuracy from the tee. Experienced accurate ball strikers tend to do best with an efficient game tee-to-cup. Riviera is no bargain for scrambling so an A-game is required in getting the ball up and down around the small green complexes.
Last year, Dustin Johnson captured the Genesis Open with a five shot victory that propelled him to number one in the Official World Golf Ranking. His impressive play from the tee, in particular his length, coupled with a sure putting stroke were key to getting the job done. DJ had this to say after;
“I believe in myself, I think I’m a great player, the best in the world — until now I probably wouldn’t have said I was the best in the world, but now I can say it.”
Dustin finished the week 1st in Strokes Gained Off-The-Tee and 3rd in Stokes Gained Putting giving a combined 12.57 stroke gain on the field average. He finished the week T45 for Driving Accuracy, 1st for Driving Distance, 1st for GIR and T16 for Putts per GIR.
In 2016, Bubba Watson was two shots behind with four holes to play in the final round. Birdies on 16 & 17 was enough to capture his second title at Riviera in three years. Bubba finished the week T16 for Driving Distance, T50 in Driving Accuracy and T7 for GIR. When he won in 2014 he was 1st, T8 and T3 for the same stats respectively.
In 2015 seven players had at least a share of the lead during the final round. James Hahn got up-and-down from behind the 18th green in regulation play to save par for a -2(69) and earn a place in a playoff with Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey. He holed a 25-foot birdie putt at the third extra hole to capture his first PGA Tour title. Hahn won with a negative Strokes Gained Putting ranking 50th for the stat.
Genesis Open Betting Tips 2018