2019 Genesis Open Fantasy Sleeper Report
Some players simply love certain parts of the world.
Ben Hogan has this week’s host venue, Riviera, named after him; ‘Hogan’s Alley’ born after he won three events here in the space of 18 months, including a US Open.
And few dominate West Coast golf quite like Phil Mickelson, who notched his SIXTEENTH win in California and Arizona at the AT&T Pebble Beach on Monday morning. It may have taken overtime after darkness fell on Sunday evening, but Leftie did not show any signs of weakness in closing out his 44th PGA TOUR win of an ever-astonishing career.
Mickelson has won this week’s event – no surprise there – and he, Bubba Watson and Mike Weir share the unique accolade of being multiple-time, left-handed winners at Riviera.
That’s something for punters to ponder….let’s hope Ted Potter Jr has been polishing his clubs in readiness for a title tilt.
But there is definitely an angle at play here; not necessarily lefties per se, but certainly players comfortable drawing and fading the ball in equal measure around these tight fairways.
That’s the thing with Riviera: there are some testing sightlines off the tee, and while the tree lines are a bit sparser than they used to be, that is still something to consider.
Cameron Smith hits from the fairway on the 18th Hole during the final round of the Genesis Open at the Riviera Country Club Golf Course on February 18, 2018 in Pacific Palisades, CA. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
Bubba Watson missed lots of fairways last year – pretty much half, in fact – but that didn’t stop him from lifting the trophy; his third in five trips to the Pacific Palisades.
Bubba’s approach here of missing the fairways to leave the right angles in to the tight Poa Annua greens is novel but works, and if that course experience is key then perhaps we shouldn’t be too surprised to note that three former Riviera champions – Watson, Mickelson and James Hahn – ranked inside the top five for Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green last year.
It’s a high-quality field that will assemble this week, and while we might ordinarily expect one of the class acts to get the job done, remember that the likes of Hahn, John Merrick and Aaron Baddeley have all won here too.
For that reason, we should feel excited about our Genesis Open sleeper picks this week.
The Genesis Open Fantasy Sleeper Report
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Sleeper Report Predictions This Season (2018-2019)
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