Fantasy Golf Predictions for the 2014 Northern Trust Open Feb 13-16th, 2014
This week the TOUR moves about 5 hours (by car) south to the Los Angeles area of California, where the weather looks to be much brighter and warmer at Riviera Country Club than it was at Pebble Beach. All of last week’s picks, including winner Jimmy Walker, Dustin Johnson (T2), Jordan Spieth (T4) and Hunter Mahan (6th), will be making the trip to compete in this week’s event. With only eight short weeks to go until the Masters, Justin Rose will also finally be making his 2014 PGA TOUR debut. In all, 16 of the top 30 in this week’s world rankings are signed up for the 2014 Northern Trust Open.
Two-time Northern Trust Open winner Fred Couples will even be in the field this week on a sponsor’s invitation, making it his 32nd appearance in the event. He was the 36-hole leader just three years ago, eventually tying for seventh.
We’re confident our fantasy team will stay on a hot streak with this week’s picks.
Riviera Country Club measures in at a lengthy 7,349 yards and plays as a par 71. The course opened in 1927 and was designed by George Thomas. Thomas contemplated over a dozen possible layouts for the track before deciding on one that remains among the best on TOUR. The infamous par-3 sixth hole is notorious for its bunker in the middle of the green and the No. 10 hole is probably the most drivable par-4 in on TOUR.
Weather Forecast for Pacific Palisades, CA (from weather.com)
- Round 1: Thursday (Feb 13) 80 degrees, 0% chance of rain, partly cloudy.
- Round 2: Friday (Feb 14) 81 degrees, 0% chance of rain, mostly sunny.
- Round 3: Saturday (Feb 15) 77 degrees, 0% chance of rain, partly cloudy.
- Round 4: Sunday (Feb 16) 74 degrees, 0% chance of rain, partly cloudy.
John Merrick became the first Los Angeles native to win in his PGA TOUR neighborhood and did so by holding off the fast-charging Charlie Beljan. Merrick overtook the 4th round leader Bill Haas with a final round 2-under 69 and then went on to challenge Beljan (who birdied the final hole of regulation to close with a 67) in a head-to-head playoff. Both players parred the 18th and moved on to the driveable 10th where Beljan’s missed 6-footer to save par, gaving Merrick his first PGA TOUR win.
FedExCup points leader Jimmy Walker is among seven players of the 2013-14 season entering this week’s tournament at Riviera with already at least one win in the bag. WMPhoenix Open winner Kevin Stadler, is another 2013-14 winner of note who will be in attendance this week.
The field is rich this week with big names like Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Justin Rose, Webb Simpson, and Bubba Watson. It’s going to be tough to pick the winner this week in such a competitive field, but we think have a solid chance of racking up some serious fantasy earnings this week.
Our Top 5 (and Top 2 Sleeper) Picks/Odds to Win the 2014 Northern Trust Open
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Last Week’s Results: Top 5 Picks/Odds to Win the 2014 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
- Hunter Mahan (Golficity Odds 12/1): 6th
- Jason Day (Golficity Odds 15/1): MDF
- Dustin Johnson (Golficity Odds 18/1): T2
- Jordan Spieth (Golficity Odds 28/1): T4
- Jimmy Walker (Golficity Odds 32/1): WINNER
Last Week’s Results: Sleeper Picks/Odds to Win
- Brandt Snedeker (Golficity Odds 40/1): MC
- Phil Mickelson (Golficity Odds 50/1): T19
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