2017 Genesis Open Predictions
The PGA Tour continues to its last destination in its West Coast swing as golfers prepare for the 2017 Genesis Open. The tournament was formerly known as the Northern Trust Open and is played annually in Pacific Palisades, California. The course is considered one of the best on the PGA Tour and is said to challenge a golfer to hit every club in the bag.
Before going in depth with this week’s Genesis Open, let’s take a quick look at last weeks results from the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
The Pebble Beach Pro-Am ended Sunday with Jordan Spieth doing a quick victory lap to celebrate his four-stroke victory. The last day started with Spieth leading the field by six strokes he would go on to play safe and pick up the win with a score of 19 under par.
It was Jordan’s first win since May 2016 and his ninth on the PGA Tour; joining Tiger Woods as the only golfers with that many PGA Tour wins before the age of 24. Finishing in second place would be Kelly Kraft who tried his best to narrow the gap with a score of -15, followed by Dustin Johnson with -14.
Now let’s move on and take a look at what’s in store for the 2017 Genesis Open.
Genesis Open Course Strategy and Field
This week’s PGA event has been renamed the Genesis Open and was once known as the Northern Trust Open. It’s been known as one of the best courses on tour while hosting huge events like the US Open, US Senior Open, and the PGA Championship. The course is a Par 71 that stretches 7,349 yards in length.
Last year’s tournament was an exciting one with Bubba Watson picking up his second win in three years at Riviera. Watson was two strokes behind the leader with four holes left and managed to score consecutive birdies to pick up the win. In 2015 the tournament went to a three-way playoff with James Hahn, Dustin Johnson, and Paul Casey with Hahn eventually winning his first tournament by sinking a 25-foot birdie on the third hole.
The Riviera country club plays longer than many think, leaning on the importance of driving distance, ball strikers, and the golfer’s approach. The golfers will be aiming to hit the right part of the fairways to give them the opportunity to attack the pins. The rough is awful here giving golfers limited ability to control their shots so experienced ball strikers tend to have the better scores here.
The field will consist of 144 players with the top 70 making the cut after the first half of the tournament. Even though Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are sidelined with injuries the field boasts tremendous talent. Golf fans will get a weekend of watching eight of the top ten golfers compete as the field includes Day, Johnson, Matsuyama, Spieth, Scott, Thomas, Garcia, and Reed.
Let’s take a look at the 4 golfers we picked to win the 2017 Genesis Open.
4 Golfers to Win the 2017 Genesis Open
** The golfers below are all 1 unit plays to win the tournament outright, in order of best odds.
Justin Rose (+2500): Rose comes into the weekend with limited experience at Riviera, but a career -best T9 at the course in 2011. In his last four tries at the tournament, he’s finished in the top 20 in 3 of them. Other than last week Rose has a 2nd, and a T4th to start off the 2017 season.
JB Holmes (+4000): This course screams JB Holmes with a T 11 here last year and 7 top 25’s since 2009. Holmes brings great history to the course but has yet to ever win the event. JB’s current form is solid enough to ride him this weekend, as he’s finished in the top 35 in his last five events.
Brendan Steele (+6600): This has got to be our favorite play of the week as we stick with Steele’s excellent play. Steele has finished in the top 15 twice here and has made the cut 5/6 times. Brendan is looking for his first win of the season while having four top 20s in his last four starts. This is the most consistent the golfer has been during his career heading into his seventh straight trip to Riviera.
Troy Merritt (+30000): Merritt finished just shy of a top 10 last year at this event shooting an eight under par for 11th place. He went into the last day sitting in 10th but couldn’t get anything going and finished with a +1 on the day. The American has only made 1 cut in 2017 shooting a -9 at the WMPO for 24th place. Troy is a precision player whose game fits the course perfectly; we’re banking on his past performance to reappear this weekend.
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