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PGA Tour 2019 Genesis Open Odds & Picks

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Tiger Woods is among a loaded field teeing it up at the 2019 Genesis Open. Photo by Keith Allison (flickr) [CC License].
  • There is a tremendous field competing at the prestigious Riviera Country Club
  • Will Tiger Woods finally win at a course he’s historically never mastered?
  • We’ve narrowed down the golfers with the best chance of emerging victorious

The deepest field of the season embarks on historic Riviera Country Club for another edition of the prestigious Genesis Open from February 14-17th.

This event boasts supreme star power and includes Tiger Woods, who is making his second start of the season. This is the one event that has vexed him the most in his career, so will he finally master it?

2019 Genesis Open Odds

Golfer Odds to Win 2019 Genesis Open at Bovada (02/12/19)
Dustin Johnson +850
Justin Thomas +1200
Bryson DeChambeau +1400
Rory McIlroy +1600
Jon Rahm +1600
Tiger Woods +2000
Bubba Watson +2000
Phil Mickelson +2200
Jordan Spieth +2200
Xander Schauffele +2200
Hideki Matsuyama +2800
Tony Finau +2800
Patrick Cantlay +2800
Adam Scott +3300
Paul Casey +3300

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Will Tiger Woods Finally Tame Riviera?

For all his incredible career accomplishments this has been the one course Tiger Woods has played the most without ever tasting victory.

In eleven attempts (nine as a professional), Woods has a tie for second and just two other top 10’s, but no hardware (he finished second in 1998 at a different course).

Tiger Woods’ Results as a Pro at Riviera

Year Result
2018 MC
2006 WD
2005 T-13th
2004 T-7th
2003 T-5th
2001 T-13th
2000 T-18th
1999 T-2nd
1997 T-20th

Last year he missed his first of just two missed cuts all season at this event. He was teeing it up at Riviera for the first time in a dozen years.

Suffice to say, Tiger has “struggled” at Riviera and despite his odds being a relatively juicy +2000, the best bet is to stay clear of him this week.

Bubba Watson Alternates Wins and Losses at Genesis Open

At the opposite end of the spectrum of Tiger at Riviera is Bubba Watson, who has dominated with three wins in his last five attempts.

In between those victories he’s sandwiched a WD and 14th place finish and also missed the cut in 2013 before breaking through in 2014.

Last 5 Genesis Open Winners

Year Winner
2018 Bubba Watson
2017 Dustin Johnson
2016 Bubba Watson
2015 James Hahn
2014 Bubba Watson

It’s a tough call to go against the three-time champ, but count this as his off-year at Riviera and throw your money on someone else.

Rory McIlroy Due for a Victory

It’s hard to believe Rory McIlroy has just one PGA Tour victory since 2016 (Bay Hill last year.) He’s opened up 2019 with a pair of strong top-five finishes (six top 10’s in last nine tour starts), and has two respectable 20th place showings at this event.

He’s playing with Tiger the first two days and surely will be extra motivated to get the better of the Big Cat. It’s time for Rory to get back in the winners circle.

2019 Genesis Open Best Value Picks

  1. Adam Scott (+3300): Unofficial winner here in 2005 (rain shortened), also has two career runner-ups at Riviera including in 2016. Also posted a recent runner-up at Torrey Pines.
  2. Rafa Cabrera-Bello (+6600): Six solid top 22 finishes in last seven events worldwide. Decent T-26 finish in tournament debut last year.
  3. Michael Thompson (+12500): Last three events have resulted in T-9, T-13 and T-10 finishes.
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