The field is pack with talent this week as the 2019 Genesis Open is set to tee off Thursday at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. Big names include Tiger Woods, who is making his second Tour appearance in the new season, as well as Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, and others.

The Genesis Open has traditionally been one of the early tournaments of the year where the top players in the game start showing up on a more regular basis to start working towards FedEx points. The winner picks up 500 of those points!

This year is no different when it comes to big names as the top-ten favored players to win outright, according to Intertops, are all high up the leaderboard of the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR). Here are the top-ten favored players with their OWGR rankings.

 

Dustin Johnson+800No. 3
Justin Thomas+1200No. 4
Rory McIlroy+1400No. 9
Jon Rahm+1600No. 6
Bryson DeChambeau+1600No. 5
Bubba Watson+2000No. 16
Xander Schauffele+2000No. 7
Tiger Woods+2000No. 13
Phil Mickelson+2200No. 17
Jordan Spieth+2500No. 23

 

The notable missing name is Justin Rose who’s currently ranked No. 1 in the world along with Brooks Koepka who’s ranked No. 2. Rose has already played several times this season picking up a win at Torrey Pines. His next event is the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in March. Koepka picked up a win early in the season at the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges.



Bubba Watson and Dustin Johnson

Two names jump out when you look over the favorite list if you know your Genesis Open history. The first is Bubba Watson who is the defending champ and Dustin Johnson who captured the title in 2017. Watson has three wins out of five times he’s played in this event. The Riviera course seems to fit Watson’s style of play and there’s no reason to think he won’t continue to play well this time.

Johnson also falls into the same category when it comes to the style of play fitting a course. Johnson may only have won once at the tournament, but he’s finished second several times. Both Watson and Johnson will be players to watch this week.

Maybe this Time for Tiger

Tiger Woods has played this event multiple times, nine in all, and he’s never won at the Riviera. He’s notched two second-place showings at the event of which he’s returning as the host. Last year, in a season that saw a resurgence in his game, Woods missed the cut.

Now Woods is playing better than ever and is once again the host of the event. His enthusiasm for what could be considered a hometown course has exploded and that may carry over to his play in the Open. Tiger has brought star power back to the event as fans watched a celebrity event captained by Woods and Fred Couples. Players included Reggie Bush, Jerry Rice, Larry Fitzgerald, Mark Wahlberg, Chris Pratt, Luke Wilson, Oliver Hudson, Chris Harrison, Kid Rock, Nick Jonas, and Carson Daly.

This may be the year that Woods finally wins at the Riviera. He’s coming off a fantastic 2018 season and has shown his latest back surgery was successful. After all, Carson Daly won the 1988 Junior Club Championship at the course. If Daly can win there then Tiger should be able to as well! 

Riviera Country Club by the Numbers

The Genesis is played at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles and Potter will tee up against a field that includes several of the top ten players in the world rankings. Plus, Tiger Woods is back in the lineup for the tournament which always increases excitement from golf fans. It’s the first time Woods has played the event in a decade. Tournament Director Mike Antolini said there is a “buzz” around this year’s event.


Golf Glance: Genesis Open


“The buzz surrounding this year’s Genesis Open is off the charts and for good reason,” Antolini said. “We’re all excited for Tiger’s return to Riviera for the first time in more than a decade. He’ll join a field of golf’s top young stars and established greats vying to become the next Genesis Open champion.”

Riviera Country Club by the Numbers

The Genesis Open is played at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. The course is very traditional when it comes to fairways and bunkers. It has a clean and classic look to it with open fairways and well-placed landing areas. The terrain is gently rolling with some elevation drops.

Several of the holes will challenge club selection such as the long par three, No. 3, that Ben Hogan called the “best par-3 in America.” Number six, another par three, is protected by four bunkers; front, back, left with the fourth bunker right in the middle of the green.

The course has been the shooting location for several movies, being so close to Hollywood, including the Caddy staring Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin which featured a cameo by Ben Hogan.

Location: Pacific Palisades, California
Year: 1926
Designer: George C. Thomas
Par: 71
Length: 7,322
Rating: 75.6
Slope: 137
Greens: Poa Annua Grass
Fairways: Kikuyu grass.

Genesis Open TV – All times Eastern

•    Thursday: Golf Channel, 2-6PM ET
•    Friday: Golf Channel, 4-8PM ET
•    Saturday: Golf Channel, 2-3:30PM ET; CBS, 4-7PM ET
•    Sunday: Golf Channel, 1-2:30PM ET; CBS, 3-6:30PM ET

Remaining Odds to win the 2019 Genesis Open

 

Dustin Johnson+800
Justin Thomas+1200
Rory McIlroy+1400
Jon Rahm+1600
Bryson Dechambeau+1600
Bubba Watson+2000
Xander Schauffele+2000
Tiger Woods+2000
Phil Mickelson+2200
Jordan Spieth+2500
Hideki Matsuyama+2500
Patrick Cantlay+2800
Tony Finau+2800
Paul Casey+3000
Matt Kuchar+3300
Adam Scott+3300
Marc Leishman+3500
Cameron Smith+3500
Tommy Fleetwood+3500
Louis Oosthuizen+4000
Sergio Garcia+4000
Chez Reavie+4500
Adam Hadwin+5000
Branden Grace+5000
Charles Howell III+5000
Rafael Cabrera Bello+6000
Tyrrell Hatton+6600
Sungjae IM+7500
Jason Kokrak+8000
Scott Stallings+8000
Kevin Na+8000
Cameron Champ+8000
Keegan Bradley+8000
Sung Kang+8000
Martin Laird+8000
Si-Woo Kim+8000
Andrew Putnam+10000
Luke List+10000
Abraham Ancer+10000
Aaron Wise+10000
J.B. Holmes+10000
Brian Harman+10000
Kevin Streelman+12500
Danny Willett+12500
Beau Hossler+12500
Charley Hoffman+12500
Harold Varner+12500
Russell Henley+12500
Jimmy Walker+12500
Martin Kaymer+12500
Kevin Tway+12500
Charl Schwartzel+12500
Ryan Moore+15000
Brian Gay+15000
Trey Mullinax+15000
Joaquin Niemann+15000
Brendan Steele+15000
James Hahn+15000
Kiradech Aphibarnrat+15000
C T Pan+15000
Andrew Landry+15000
Bud Cauley+15000
JT Poston+15000
Pat Perez+15000
Jim Furyk+15000
Joel Dahmen+15000
Bill Haas+15000
Sang Moon Bae+15000
Scott Langley+15000
Ollie Schniederjans+15000
Jason Dufner+15000
Jhonattan Vegas+15000
Chris Stroud+17500
Steve Stricker+20000
Brandon Harkins+20000
JJ Spaun+20000
Kyle Stanley+20000
Peter Uihlein+20000
Patrick Rodgers+20000
Harris English+20000
Keith Mitchell+20000
Anirban Lahiri+20000
Sam Burns+20000
Denny Mccarthy+20000
Danny Lee+20000
Scott Brown+20000
Hunter Mahan+20000
Ernie Els+25000
Sam Ryder+25000
Sam Saunders+25000
Hudson Swafford+25000
Ryan Armour+25000
Vaughn Taylor+25000
Davis Love III+25000
Ted Potter+25000
Anders Albertson+25000
Nick Taylor+25000
Julian Etulain+25000
Brian Stuard+25000
Satoshi Kodaira+25000
Jonas Blixt+30000

 

 

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