ThriveFantasy Golf: Genesis Invitational
ThriveFantasy Golf: Genesis Invitational

This article is part of our DFS PGA series.

The Tour now heads to Los Angeles courtesy of Tiger Woods, as he hosts the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club.  As usual, we will be focusing on the opening round (Thursday) in relation to our picks.

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COURSE OVERVIEW

Riviera Country Club - Par 71, 7,322 yards

Los Angeles, CA

Before we discuss this course, the thing that stands out in this tournament is the field. This stop usually attracts the best and brightest, and this year is no exception.  Guys like Brooks Koepka are making their debut here, and our 10-person field is packed with notable names.

Riviera is one of the toughest courses on tour, and the layout definitely favors the long ball. The fairways are narrow but fairly easy to navigate if you get into trouble, but cause you problems if you're slightly off in the Par 4s. Some of the Par 4s are especially long and are considered Par 5s by the membership, which is why I made 175-200 yard proximity one of my key statistics. The weather should be ideal all week, so no particular tee-time has an advantage. 

 

2019

Finish

2018 

Finish

Round One

Scoring Avg.

Driving 

Distance

Proximity

175-200 yds.

Par 4

Average

Tiger Woods*T15MC1154T81
Brooks Koepka**DNPDNP121011
Rory McIlroyT4T2017118418
Jon RahmT9DNP58911912
Justin Thomas2DNP39871907
Dustin Johnson**T9T161045243
Justin Rose**DNPDNP1428743
Adam ScottT7T5313413842
Hideki MatsuyamaT9DNP110741871
Jason DayDNPDNP6946199195

*- based on 2020 small sample size

**- 2019 statistics due to small sample size

Tiger Woods - STROKES: 67.5

Tiger has never been one to be quick out of the gate, although his small sample size seems to indicate that he's improved in that department.  Still I think 4-under might be a little to low for him on Thursday.

PICK: OVER

Brooks Koepka - EAGLES: 0.5

Koepka is a real wild card.  He hasn't played much, and he hasn't played a competitive round on this course.  Still, his length is his greatest asset. His 175-200 proximity led the field last season, which would bode well for most of his approach shots.  I'm going to have to go conservative with this one.

PICK: UNDER

Rory McIlroy - BIRDIES: 3.5

No one is striking the ball like McIlroy this year. In fact, he's kind of in his own category.  This course plays to his strengths, and I think his Par 4 Average is the stat that puts me over the top here.

PICK: OVER

Jon Rahm - PARS: 12.5

When we are presented with this kind of pick, we need to take into account all the other scores he might get - eagles, birdies, bogeys and double bogeys.  Even if we are liberal with birdies on the Par 5s, we'd need to give him a lot of bogeys to go under this number.

PICK: OVER

Justin Thomas - BOGEYS: 2.5

Thomas' putter and 175-200 proximity are things that worry me here. I think his biggest bogey danger is if he misses greens and two putts. Three bogeys is a high over/under, though. I can see him bogeying two Par 4s but three is a reach.

PICK: UNDER

Dustin Johnson - EAGLES + BIRDIES: 3.5

I looked at this one and had a gut feeling about it right away.  I think Johnson could easily beat this number with birdies alone. He has a great history with this course, and he could manage to squeak out an eagle to go with multiple birdies. 

PICK: OVER

Justin Rose - PARS + BOGEYS: 13.5

Rose has been a little all over the place to begin the 2020 season, and I think his birdie opportunities might be limited to the Par 5s.   

PICK: OVER

Adam Scott - STROKES: 68.5

Scott  loves this course, and he sports the best Round Once Scoring Average so far this season.  All he has to do is notch a 3-under, which is doable.

PICK: UNDER

Hideki Matsuyama - BIRDIES: 4.5

Matsuyama has the length to get to the Par 5s in two, and his ball-striking in approach shots has mostly been on point.  Five birdies, though? It's a tough call, but based on his excellent finish in this event last year, I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt.

PICK: OVER

Jason Day - STROKES: 67.5

I feel fairly confident about this one.  I'd cap him at 3-under. As we saw at Pebble, His putter has been a source of frustration.  It could continue to thwart him this weekend.

PICK: OVER

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jeff Edgerton
Jeff has provided sports content for numerous sports outlets and has played fantasy sports since scores had to be tabulated via newspaper. He started working with RotoWire in 2017. Originally from South Carolina, he's a lifelong Clemson fan now enjoying the sun in Los Angeles.
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