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.
“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.
As a 16-year-old amateur, Tiger 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, J.B. Holmes came from 4 shots back of Justin Thomas in the final round to win the 2019 Genesis Open. Holmes carded a final round -1 (70) to edge out JT by one stroke. It was his fifth PGA Tour win and first since the 2015 Shell Houston Open. Putting woes saw Justin shoot a +4 (75) to open the door for Holmes to walk through.
“I knew it was going to be very difficult to shoot a low score, I needed some help from Justin”
Suspensions to play in earlier rounds due to inclement weather meant that Holmes and Thomas had to play 33 holes on the final day. They had just 30 minutes separating the end of their third round with the start of their final 18 holes.
Holmes finished the week first in SG:Putting, gaining 8.170 strokes on the field average for the week. This amounted to almost 55% of his overall strokes gained. He also finished 6th in the SG:Approach-The-Green (5.395 strokes) for the tournament. Other stats include T59 for Driving Accuracy, 41st for Driving Distance, T2 for GIR and 6th for Putts per GIR
In 2018, Bubba Watson carded a final round -2 (69) to finish on -12 (274) to win his third title at Riviera and 10th PGA Tour victory. His previous two victories in the tournament came in 2014 and 2016.
“It means a lot, my goal was always to get 10 wins and this got me to my 10th win. There’s so many emotions going around my head right now. You never know if you’re going to play good again, you never know if you’re going to be able to lift a trophy again.”
Almost 80% of Bubba’s strokes gained on the field average came tee-to-green. The left-hander finished the week T27 for Driving Accuracy, T21 for Driving Distance, T7 for GIR and 13th for Putts per GIR
The 2017 champion, 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.
“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.”
DJ 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 for the week. Other stats included 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. 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.
2015 saw seven players having 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 2020