DraftKings Daily Fantasy Golf Picks & Plays for The Genesis Open
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Riviera CC is on tap this week, a 7,300-yard Kikuyu and Poa beast whose design has stood the test of time. Annually one of the tougher courses, it’s situated in the Pacific Palisades of California, the last of the West Coast courses for a while.
This week, golfers can expect the usual tough test with wide sight lines but narrow fairways hit 54 percent of the time. Then, the smaller than average greens (5,000 square feet) at Riviera make it a true test for all four rounds. Tight and difficult-to-access pin placements are a staple for Riviera each year. This should make for some exciting weekend golf.
Experience plays well here — knowing when and where to attack some of the trickier pin placements throughout the week. Fairway bunkers narrow the landing zone targets, and when the fairways are firm and running, they frequently collect good drives that roll out too far or are unfortunate enough to experience one of the fabled “bad bounces.”
- Long Par 4 Scoring
- Par 5 Scoring
- Strokes Gained: OTT
- Poa Putting
- Performance at WMPO/Pebble and Augusta
PGA DFS Picks
Top tier: $11.4k-$9.6k
Dustin Johnson ($11.4k)
DJ might garner slightly lower ownership than usual after his 45th-place finish last week. I, for one, am not worried given the conditions and motivation for a player of DJ’s caliber. Look for him to turn up the juice this week and get after a win on a track that suits him perfectly. Also, he holds arguably the best course history of any golfer in the field this week. Johnson is primed and makes for a solid GPP play. Model Rank: T1
Rory McIlroy ($10.7k)
Rory paid off last time out with his fifth-place at the Farmers (another Poa course). He showed well on a track he hadn’t played before. This week, he has seen the course before, having posted two 20th-place finishes. Given his skill set off the tee, Rory is well equipped to handle the demands of Riviera. Rory is off to a very strong start to 2019, so expect him to be eyeing a victory pre-Masters, and this track is fitting enough for Rory to snag a win. Model Rank: T1
Jon Rahm ($10.4k)
Rahm falls squarely into the DJ mold with regard to fitting this course. He’s long off the tee and likes to play a cut shot. That said, some may shy away and toward more experienced course history plays. But having already notched a win on Poa and in California, Rahm could well lurk around the leader board this week by attacking the Par 5’s aggressively and using his length to keep pace on the long Par 4’s. Model Rank: 12
Others to consider: First, Bubba Watson is very much in play this week given his stellar course history; his return to winning form is all the more encouraging, but know he is #Andercursed this week. Then, Bryson DeChambeau is storming the gates this year and is always a consideration/contender when he is in the field. Justin Thomas has the game to compete anywhere, but can he get it going on Poa this week?
Middle tier: $9.5k-$7.9k
Hideki Matsuyama ($9.3K)
Rating out really well in the models this week and owning a couple of strong finishes at this event (11th and 4th), Deki is both in form and great position to reach the top 15 again this week. Gaining over five strokes on approach in his last two tournaments this year, Deki tops the field in that category. If that level of ball striking continues this week on the small greens of Riviera, Matsuyama would be a real threat to win. Load him up! Model Rank: T3
Tony Finau ($9.1k)
Finau bounced back last week with a made cut in less than ideal conditions while playing with amateurs no less. Now, this track used to give Finau fits, that is until he figured it out last year with a second-place finish. Tony rates out really well in my model this week and theoretically has the perfect type of game to best Riviera, with his length and high ball flight. Tony has shown consistent improvement in the past few years, and I expect him to flash the leaderboard this week. Model Rank: T3
Patrick Cantlay ($9k)
Cantlay wisely skipped last week’s Pebble Beach Pro-Am and turned his attention toward the challenges ahead at Riviera. Last year, Cantlay showed out with a fourth-place finish, keeping his success at this track alive form his college days. Recently Cantlay had been on a tear, posting a string of four top 10’s in a row before missing the cut at Farmers. Notably, he has an exceptional tee to green game, and here’s hoping his shaky Poa putting holds up this week. Model Rank: 10
Tommy Fleetwood ($8.6k)
There won’t be a ton of stats supporting this play, but Tommy seems like a great fit. Having posted a 37th last year in his first attempt, Tommy held his own. This year, after some strong stateside showings to end the season, Fleetwood is ready for a win this side of the Atlantic. He knocked off the rust last week at Pebble and should be ready to attack this week. He will be part of my GPP pool. Model Rank: 69
Matt Kuchar ($8.5k)
“Kuch” is having himself one heck of a start to the season, posting some career-best stats along the way. A tee to green machine who has recently found a little magic with the flat stick too, Kuchar can hang with the best on any course due to his unrelenting consistency throughout his bag. He will be heavily tagged on Fanshare and will also be a cash lineup staple this week. Model Rank: 11
Others to consider: Tiger Woods, Paul Casey, Jordan Spieth, Paul Casey
Value tier: $7.8k and lower
Adam Hadwin ($7.9k)
Rating out really well in my model as well as having strong early season form, Hadwin is lining up to be a contender this week. His Poa putting splits should really help him take advantage of his normally steady long iron game. Hadwin has posted four of four made cuts with a 16th and a 6th-place finish. Coming off a top 20 last week, look for an in-form Hadwin to show well again on a track he clearly likes. Model Rank: 12
Jason Kokrak ($7.6k)
Kokrak was set to be chalk last week at Pebble before he withdrew and made the early trek to Pacific Palisades. Having posted some of the best results of his career lately, Kokrak is knocking out top 20s like they’re nothing. He has also posted a couple of top 20s at Riviera, and notably a second-place in 2016. Kokrak is in great form with a great price given his consistency and upside this week. Look for him to make the cut and be in position to score on the par 5’s. Model Rank: 17
Keegan Bradley ($7.3k)
This play is simple: Bradley is long and straight off the tee with solid long irons. Keegan has the length and high ball flight coupled with the consistent ball striking required to find success at Riviera. After starting the season strong and with a more consistent putter, Keegan should find be able to find success this week on the greens and, thus, his way onto a leaderboard. He also has a couple of top 5 finishes at Riviera. Model Rank: 8
Others to consider: Luke List, Cameron Champ, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Patrick Rodgers
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