Coming off a week of snow across most of the country, most people are not thinking about getting outside and chasing a white ball for 6 miles. If you are one of those people, then you are in luck. You can sit back, drink a cold one, and watch Tiger Woods go for victory number 83 at Riviera Country Club.
While Tiger has hosted this event for years, he is 0-11 in winning his own tournament. Pretty amazing considering he’s played this track his whole life. The field this week isn’t going to make it any easier with the likes of Rory, Brooks, DJ, and Thomas all teeing it up. In fact, it is one of the strongest fields outside of the 4 majors and The Players. Thomas will be coming in on a mission after blowing a big lead during the last round (+4) in the 2019 Genesis Open to finish 1 behind J. B. Holmes. Woods finished 8 back of Holmes but was also coming off a long layoff. Could this year finally be his year? I know I’ll be rooting for it.
If you are a fan of watching Tiger, be ready for an on-again, off-again relationship this year similar to what he showed in 2019. He will likely play about every other event this season starting with the Genesis Open this week and continuing through the year with a few longer layoffs. Considering he’s had more surgery on his back than the number of Kardashian butt lifts combined, we can’t really blame him for making sure he gives his body adequate rest.
Now onto fantasy picks:
If you are not playing fantasy golf, you are missing out. With daily fantasy like DraftKings, every week you get 6 guys to pull for. Coming down the stretch it’s tough to end up not having at least 1 guy to pull for. I personally prefer single entry or limited entry games as well so you are not battling against armies of bots playing every possible top combination. Now to the names:
Guys at the Top
Justin Thomas – As mentioned before, he played lights out for three rounds last year to then fall apart on the last day. That is totally out of character for a guy that has consistently closed strong, including that famous eagle on 72nd hole to secure at the WGC-Mexico 2018. In addition to the drive, he’s playing well to start the 2020 season and I don’t expect that to stop this week.
Jon Rahm – This fiery young gun has historically played well on the California swing including at Riviera. I know you may be asking why not Rory, and the answer is simple… with the 1-2 players usually being a big premium over players 3-10, I like to rely on guys 3-10 to help build a more rounded lineup. Jon has a great shot at winning and will likely come quite a bit cheaper than the world number 1 from the Emerald Isle.
Bubba Watson – If I’m going to pick a fiery young gun, you can bet I’m going to like the fiery vet too. Bubba has won the Genesis 3 times so leave him out of your lineup at your own risk. In addition to his dominance at this event the last decade, he has started 2020 looking far better than the last couple of years.
Tiger Woods – It hurts to put him here, but as mentioned before he is 0-11 here. He should come in well rested (though one could also say cold) but he looked great in the President’s Cup and should carry that forward.
The Long Shots
Max Homa – 2 recent top 10s and he’ll likely be affordable
J. T. Poston – 3 top 20 finishes this season so far and a decent showing in the 2019 Genesis