OAD: Genesis Open 2019

The Riviera Country Club can chew ’em up and spit ’em out.

For my money, this isn’t the week for guys to get healthy.

My selections should reflect this.

One and Done

Each week I’ll throw in my thoughts on the field and those to back and avoid in this wonderful format.

This Year:

Event Golfer Place $$
Safeway Open Brendan Steele T53 14,610
CIMB Classic Ryan Moore T66 12,740
CJ CUP @ 9 BRIDGES Gary Woodland 2nd 1,026,000
WGC-HSBC Champions Ian Poulter 21st 93,500
Sanderson Farms Cameron Davis MC 0
Shriners Aaron Wise T15 101,675
Mayakoba Golf Classic Charles Howell III MC 0
The RSM Classic J.J. Spaun MC 0
Sentry TOC Jon Rahm T8 191,000
Sony Open Marc Leishman T3 307,200
60th Desert Classic Andrew Putnam T34 29,975
Farmers Insurance Patrick Cantlay MC 0
WMPO Hideki Matsuyama T15 113,600
AT&T Pebble Beach Jason Day T4 334,400
Total Events: 14


Top 10s: 4 MC: 3 $2,224,700

Last Time: AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Close, but no cigar or bake of any kind!

Bunch of 30-something course historians found their way back into the top 10 (Casey, Day, Stallings, Streelman). A couple of 40-somethings (Mickelson and Gay) reinforced that less than 7,000 yards and Par-72 can open a few doors. Mickelson was magnificent in his storm-from-behind win over two days. His fifth title might be the sweetest yet and congrats to all of you who were on board.

My Choice: Jason Day – T4

Safety Dance: Brandt Snedeker – MC, Phil Mickelson – WIN, Dustin Johnson – T45

Spicy: Jordan Spieth – T45, Patrick Reed – T22, Tommy Fleetwood – T45

Picks for Dreamers: Shane Lowry – MC, Chez Reavie – T38, Tony Finau – T38

Picks for Noses: Any rookie (T28 was the best), Any non-winner (nope) on TOUR, Any player under 30 (nope) who isn’t a prominent world player

 Six Beers In: Matt Jones – T53, Adam Hadwin – T18, Jimmy Walker – MC


This Week

Read about all the details in The Confidence Factor.

Nasty weather will affect Thursday with delays or the elimination of golf altogether so you better pay attention. I have no problem waiting until the very last minute before making a decision because of the weather. For practical purposes here, I’m playing Justin Thomas. He begins late on Thursday so he’ll have to play catch up over the weekend but he’ll miss the proper nasty on Thursday.

Bubba Watson’s record here is impeccable but I’m not a huge fan when he has to deal with weather and conditions. He’ll have plenty of uses down the road (Travelers, Match Play, Masters) where I’m not forced to burn him right this minute.

I will NOT violate my new policy of Dustin Johnson at the U.S. Open although the WGC-FESJC might have something to say about it. If you’re wondering, DJ is paired with Bubba early doors tomorrow.

My Choice: Justin Thomas

The answer to your question is: YES. Any week. Any track. He’s taken it to the level that we are now surprised when he’s not contending.

Safety Dance: Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Paul Casey

Spicy: Cameron Smith, Patrick Cantlay, Adam Hadwin,

Picks for Dreamers: Jason Kokrak Scott Stallings, Sung Kang,

Picks for Noses: Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, Charles Howell III

 Six Beers In: Kevin Na, Luke List, J.T. Poston


History Channeled:

2017-18 Thermometer: FINAL

Event Golfer Place $$
Safeway Open Tony Finau 2nd 669,600
CIMB Classic Paul Casey T7 218,166
CJ CUP @ 9 BRIDGES Keegan Bradley T47 23,759
WGC-HSBC Champions Hideki Matsuyama T50 51,875
Sanderson Farms Chesson Hadley T2 464,400
Shriners Patrick Cantlay WIN 1,224,000
OHL Classic Kevin Chappell MC 0
The RSM Classic Charles Howell III MC 0
Sentry TOC Kevin Kisner T17 99,333
Sony Open Brian Harman T4 256,266
CareerBuilder Challenge Jason Dufner T36 27,189
Farmers Insurance Jon Rahm T29 43,872
WMPO Alex Noren T21 80,040
-AT&T Pebble Beach Phil Mickelson T2 488,400
Genesis Open Dustin Johnson T16 111,600
Honda Classic Graeme McDowell MC 0
WGC-Mexico Tommy Fleetwood T14 126,500
Valspar Championship Ryan Moore MC 0
Arnold Palmer Tyrell Hatton T69 18,067
WGC-Match Play Patrick Reed T9 163,000
Corales Puntacana Patrick Rodgers T22 27,850
Houston Open Luke List T24 54,162
Masters Jordan Spieth 3rd 748,000
RBC Heritage Cameron Smith T32 35,510
Valero Texas Open Billy Horschel T11 136,400
Zurich Classic Bud Cauley MC 0
Wells Fargo Championship Bryson DeChambeau 4th 369,600


THE PLAYERS Francesco Molinari MC 0
Ft. Worth Invitational Adam Scott T52 16,472
AT&T Byron Nelson Jimmy Walker T6 257,950
Memorial Tiger Woods T23 76,985
FESJC Henrik Stenson T26 50,820
US Open Justin Rose T10 270,151
FESJC Xander Schauffele MC 0
Quicken Loans National Kyle Stanley T32 36,841
A Military Tribute Bubba Watson T13 121,632
John Deere Classic Zach Johnson T16 81,366
British Open Rory McIlroy T2 694,250
RBC Canadian Open Charley Hoffman T29 37,743
Barracuda Martin Laird T15 51,000
WGC-Bridgestone Invite Rickie Fowler T17 104,250
PGA Championship Brooks Koepka WIN 1,980,000
Wyndham Brandt Snedeker WIN 1,080,000
THE NORTHERN TRUST Jason Day T20 101,160
Dell Technologies Marc Leishman T21 100,800
BMW Championship Gary Woodland T12 189,000
TOUR Championship Justin Thomas T7 279,900
Total Events: 47


Top 10s: 15 MC: 7 $10,967,909


2015-16 Season total: $5,978,929; 47 events

  • Wins: 2 (Matsuyama, Hoffman)
  • Seconds: 0
  • Thirds: 1
  • Top 10s: 9
  • Top 25s: 18
  • MC: 8 (Mickelson, FIO; Oosthuizen, SHO; Chappell, Colonial; Casey, Memorial; Woodland, FESJC; Hearn, RBC Canadian; McGirt, Wyndham; Justin Thomas, DBC)

2016-17 Season total: $6,533,509 45 events

  • Wins: 1
  • Seconds: 1
  • Thirds: 1
  • Top 10s: 12
  • Top 25s: 20
  • MCs (10): Grayson Murray (Safeway Open); Patton Kizzire (SFC); Jamie Lovemark (CB Challenge); Jimmy Walker (FIO); Charl Schwartzel (Genesis); Russell Knox (Honda); Henrik Stenson (API); Thomas Pieters (Zurich); Kevin Kisner (WFC).


Thanks for reading!







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