Genesis Open at Riviera Preview

Bubba Watson won the Genesis Open last year for the third time.  He also won this tournament in 2016 and 2014.  Which means, he's not winning it this year.  Odd year, won't happen. Let's look at the winners since 2013.

The Genesis Open at The Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, CA kicked off on Monday February 11th and finishes up the 4th round on Sunday February 17th.  This tournament brings us back to the normal format of  top 70 and ties cut after the second round on Friday.

Purse: $7.4 Million

Winner: $1,296,000

TV Schedule (CST)

  • Thursday February 14th: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM on Golf Channel
  • Friday February 15th: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM on Golf Channel
  • Saturday February 16th: 12:00 PM – 1:45 PM on Golf Channel
  • Saturday February 16th: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM on CBS
  • Sunday February 17th: 12:00 PM – 1:45 PM on Golf Channel
  • Sunday February 17th: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM on CBS


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Whose Teeing Off

Lot’s of big names will be here including Tiger Woods who took the past two weeks off.  Also playing in the U.S. for the first time in awhile will be Bryson DeChambeau. Along with those guys Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Xander Schauffele, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott, Bubba Watson, and Phil Mickelson will all be playing.

Recent History

Bubba Watson Riviera Win

Bubba Watson won the Genesis Open last year for the third time.  He also won this tournament in 2016 and 2014.  Which means, he’s not winning it this year.  Odd year, won’t happen. Let’s look at the winners since 2013.

  • 2018: Bubba Watson (-12)
  • 2017: Dustin Johnson (-17)
  • 2016: Bubba Watson (-15)
  • 2015: James Hahn (-6)
  • 2014: Bubba Watson (-15)
  • 2013: John Merrick (-11)

Couple notes here, James Hahn won in 2015 in a playoff over Paul Casey and Dustin Johnson.  DJ also took second to Bubba in 2014.

Some other notable player notes here.

  • Tiger Woods is playing Riviera for the first time since 2006.
  • Kevin Na has finished in the top 5 the past two years.
  • Martin Laird has finished in the top 10 the past two year, and finished 11th in 2016.
  • Jordan Spieth has finished 9th (2018), 22nd (2017), MC (206), 4th (2015), and 12th (2014). So he’s a pretty good track record here.
  • Adam Scott also has two top 10s here since 2013, although he finished 53rd last year.
  • Justin Thomas has played here four times, he finished 9th last year but his best finish before that was 39th.
  • Since 2013, the years Bubba hasn’t won he’s withdrawn (2017), 15th (2015), and MC (2013).
  • Ryan Moore when he makes the cut since 2013 hasn’t finished worse than 27th and has two top 10’s in that time frame.

The Course

The Riviera Country Club is a par 71 at 7,322 yards.  Although it is a “shorter” course on the tour because of the three short Par 5s, a very short Par 4 on #10 but there are seven Par 4s over 450 yards, and the greens here are very small. This is very much a bombers course, which is why you see guys like Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson have a lot of success here.  Guys need to drive the ball long on those par 4s to steal some birdies on this course.  You will not win this tournament if you do not birdie these par 5s, that’s where you should expect most of the scoring to be.

Hole #1: 503 yard Par 5

RC #1

Course opens with a very short par 5 that we’re going to see a lot of eagles at. The tee box is raised above the fairway, that you may notice is pretty narrow.  Chance for guys get off to a quick start here. Trouble here on the right with the trees and a lot of out of bounds area on the left.

Hole #6: 199 yard Par 3

RC #6

One of the most unique Par 3s on tour because of the sand traps on this hole.  The obvious one that stands out is right in the middle of the green where many guys have ended up.  This green is also two tiered.  The key here is to simply hit it on the same side as the hole.  An errant tee shot to the opposite side and you might have to chip over, or put around that sand trap. Check out the video below in 2012 where Ricky Barnes had to chip over the sand trap and use slope on the back.

Hole #10:  315 yard Par 4

RC #10

One of the most notable holes on tour here, this short Par 4 lends a lot of excitement to start the back 9.  Drive-able for most guys, the sand traps guard the front right and left side of the greens.  Guys need an extremely accurate shot to his this green and stay on. Below is a video of Phil holing out an eagle on #10.  In the video you’ll get a feel for just how small the green is and how surrounded by bunkers it is.

Hole #18: 475 yard Par 4

A long par 4 finished the back 9 onto a green that come Sunday, has a great amphitheater type setting. This is a tough hole, in 2018 the scoring average was 4.179.  You start out with a mostly blind tee shot up the hill where the hole drives to the right and ends under the club house.  One of the few holes on this course that does not have a green side bunker.


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The clubhouse here is AWESOME. It looks like where the Hoyt family from True Detective Season 3 might live but in a much nicer location, sorry Arkansas – you suck. Just the view of coming in on 18 is great.  Love it.  Also we are in L.A. so there are a lot of stars who are members here. Take a look at some of these names: Tom Brady, Mark Wahlberg, Adam Sandler, Jack Nicholson, Dennis Quaid, Larry David, and many others.  So just become a member here for $250,000 and you can play golf with those guys.


One & Done: Well last week I royally fucked up.  I was choosing between using Phil this early or go with another outside guy.  I decided to go with Shane Lowry because he was playing good as of late and played decently well at Pebble before.  Well, he missed the damn cut and now I look like a moron. I’m going to pull the trigger here on a guy whose been playing well and take Hideki Matsuyama.  He has a pretty good track record here, 11th, 4th, and 23rd finishes but didn’t play in this last year. We’ll roll with Hideki and use him while he’s playing good after a week off. The other guys I liked here were Adam Scott, Justin Thomas, and Adam Hadwin.

Betting Winners: Bubba Watson (+1800), Paul Casey (+3000), Adam Scott (+3330), Si Woo Kim (+12000), Hideki Matsuyama (+2500)

Bubba has obviously dominated this tournament and his odds are 6th best, hard not to throw some money down on him.  Paul Casey and Adam Scott are both in the same spot for me, they both have played well at this tournament in the past and have been playing well as of late. Both of those guys have proven they can play with the best of the best, so I like their odds also. I put down a long shot here, Si Woo Kim has never made the cut here but finished 4th last week, he won The Players which is also a stacked field and the guy is straight up nasty when his irons are on.  As a long shot, why the fuck not.

Top 5: Justin Thomas (+250), Paul Casey (+600), Cameron Smith (+650), Cameron Champ (+1600)

Justin Thomas has been playing great lately and finished 9th here last year.  I like him to improve on that. Paul Casey has a T2 here 2015 and has made the cut every year, he also played great last year. Cameron Smith has played here three time and finished better and better each year, last year he finished 6th.  Cameron Champ is a bomber, simply put. He missed the cut here last year but whatever, he’s got good value on him for a good player thats already won this year.

Top 10: James Hahn (+1400), Kevin Na (+750), Adam Hadwin (+450)

James Hahn has a great track record here and win, his odds at +1400 are awesome and he finished 14th last year. Kevin Na is another guy whose finished top 5 the past two years.  Hadwin finished 6th last year and has played well in recent weeks.

Draft Kings Lineup

  • Justin Thomas ($11,000)
  • Tommy Fleetwood ($8,600)
  • Adam Scott ($8,700)
  • Matt Laird ($7,600)
  • Sang-Moon Bae ($7,000)
  • Joaquin Niemann ($7,000)


One & Done History

  1. Waste Management Open: Matt Kuchar – $293,467 (T4)
  2. Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Shane Lowry – $0.00 (Missed Cut)
  3. Genesis Open: Hideki Matsuyama –

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