The 2018 Genesis Open brings together 144 professional golfers to compete for $ 7.4 million, of which 500 points from the FedEx Cup go to the winner. The Genesis Open 2019 kicks off Thursday from the famed Riviera Country Club, while Bubba Watson returns to 20-1 to regain his championship spot after winning the two-shot tournament on Kevin Na and Tony Finau. The latest odds list of the Genesis Open 2019, Dustin Johnson, who won two years ago, will become the favorite of Vegas at 8-1. Justin Thomas, who has already finished three of the top five this season, is right behind him at 11-1. Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Bryson Dechambeau are all on the list of overall 16-1 players and have high hopes for this tournament. Before locking your own Genesis Open 2019 selections, be sure to check PGA predictions from the proven SportsLine computer model.
The SportsLine prediction model, built by DFS professional Mike McClure, has allowed four of the last eight major to get involved in the weekend and has called Tiger Woods' deep race into the PGA Championship, despite a long shot of 25-1. The model was developed early in the 2018-19 season. Champion Rickie Fowler at the 2019 Phoenix Open was one of the best, and he was already among the top six candidates since the start. He also correctly predicted the victory of Brooks Koepka (9-1) in the CJ Cup earlier this season. In addition, he correctly called the victory of Bryson DeChambeau (9-1) on seven shots at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. All who followed the model are huge.
Now that the 2019 Genesis Open field is locked, SportsLine has simulated the event 10,000 times and the results have been surprising. The model calls for a shock: Woods, 14 times grand champion and one of Vegas' favorites, is not even in the top 10.
Woods is only making his second start in 2019 and has struggled a lot in Riviera throughout his career. In fact, the Riviera Country Club is the only venue on the PGA Tour where he has played more than four times in his professional career without a win. Last season, he returned to the Riviera for the first time in 11 years, but he missed the cup after shooting six goals above normal in his first two rounds. There are much better values to have in this range loaded Genesis Open 2019.
Another surprise: Matt Kuchar, a long shot 28-1, made a strong performance in the title. He has a much better chance of winning than his chances imply. It is therefore a target for those looking for a huge salary.
Kuchar enters the 2019 Genesis Open playing, as well as all golfers of the PGA Tour. In fact, he has won two of his last five official races and continues to impress week after week. He finished first at the Mayakoba Golf Classic after four straight rounds in a row and also won the title earlier this year at the Sony Open in Hawaii.
His driving precision percentage is what makes him a strong player this week at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. He currently ranks in the top 5 on the PGA Tour in this statistic, which helped to lower his scores this season. Lock him in as the best choice and watch him climb in the 2019 Genesis Open rankings.
In addition, the model indicates that four other golfers with a score of 20-1 or more of the Genesis Open in 2019 qualify strongly for the title. Anyone who supports these outsiders could hit hard.
So, who wins the 2019 Genesis Open? And what long shots are dizzying the world of golf? Check out the odds below and visit SportsLine now to view the full projected Genesis Open 2019 ranking based on the template that describes the winners of four major golf tournaments and check it out.
Dustin Johnson 8-1
Justin Thomas 11-1
Rory McIlroy 12-1
Jon Rahm 12-1
Bryson Dechambeau 16-1
Jordan Spieth 18-1
Tiger Woods 20-1
Bubba Watson 20-1
Phil Mickelson 25-1
Hideki Matsuyama 25-1
Xander Schauffele 25-1
Matt Kuchar 28-1
Tony Finau 28-1
Patrick Cantlay 33-1
Adam Scott 33-1
Tommy Fleetwood 33-1
Cameron Smith 33-1