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Genesis Open Golf Betting Tips

Genesis Open Golf Betting Tips
Genesis Open
Thursday, 15 February 2018

Golf betting tips for the Genesis Open where Tiger Woods continues the comeback trail with his first appearance at Riviera Country Club in over a decade. Tiger, who partners Rory McIlory in the first round, missed the cut when he last played this course and we’ll be leaving him out of our Genesis Open golf betting tips.

World number one Dustin Johnson is defending champion and clear tournament favourite. Runner up at Palm Beach last week, he’s plenty short enough at 5/1 and we’ll look elsewhere for value in the field.

Phil Mickelson (25/1 each way, 1/5 odds, 6 places at Betfred)

Big Phil arrives in the best form for some time. At 47-years-old, Lefty is showing he still has the game to take on the younger golf athletes of today. The five-time major champion finished T2 at Pebble Beach for his second consecutive top five finish.

His record at Riviera does him credit too. Mickelson recorded back to back wins in 2008 and 2009 along with runner-up showings in 2007 and 2012. Given his strong recent form, that’s good enough to suggest he can belie 25/1 odds this week.

Paul Casey (28/1 each way, 1/5 odds, 7 places at Coral)

Paul Casey is another player on the comeback trail and has a good record at Riviera, making five straight cuts including a T2 in 2015.

The 40-year-old has his heart set on making the Ryder Cup team and his current form can hardly be going unnoticed by Europe captain, Thomas Bjorn.  Casey has 12 top 20 finishes in his last 13 starts and is putting better than anyone on Tour at the moment.  

The Brit played two rounds at Pebble Beach last week and led the field in strokes gained; tee-to-green and proximity to hole. His crisp ball striking could well see him in the shake up on Sunday.

Alex Noren (50/1 each way, 1/5 odds, 7 places at Coral)

Alex Noren is settling well on his first US PGA Tour. The nine-time European Tour winner just missed out on a maiden victory when T2 at the Farmers Insurance Open last month and shot 65 and 68 before finishing T21 at the Phoenix Open.

The Swede is currently ranked 16 in the world and is in the top 10 tee to green this season. The gritty performer looks overpriced at 50/1 in the betting market and gets the vote to make another high finish.

Odds correct at time of publication but subject to change.

The Course

Riviera measures 7,322 yards and the par 71 course remains true no matter what the weather. Unlike last year’s fog and rain, the forecast is good with sunshine and warm temperatures expected throughout the tournament.

Landing areas off the tee are quite tight in places however the Riviera rough is not the most challenging on tour. Accuracy off the tee is not quite as important as precision with approach shots, because getting up and down on lightening fast greens is a test for the best scramblers.