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Genesis Open 2018 betting tips: 3 from the tee at Riviera

Jon Wilde 13 Feb 2018
Patrick Rodgers (credit: Getty Images)

Bettingpro.com's Jon Wilde provides outright betting tips for the 2018 Genesis Open and a guide on how to bet on this PGA Tour event from February 15-18.

Background to the Genesis Open


The Genesis Open was renamed last year – nothing to do with the rock group associated with Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford, but instead sponsored by the luxury vehicle subsidiary of the Hyundai motor group.

It is essentially the Los Angeles Open, was inaugurated in 1926 and has been known as the Nissan Open and more recently the Northern Trust Open from 2008 until 2016.

Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades has staged this event every year bar two since 1973, those exceptions being when the tournament was temporarily switched because the usual host venue was preparing to host a major, or senior major, championship.

Among current PGA Tour players there have been three two-time winners – Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson and Mike Weir, while defending champion Dustin Johnson is the clear favourite this week to join that trio.

Three from the tee


Here are the three outsiders we are backing for the 2018 Genesis Open:

1) PATRICK RODGERS @ 125/1 with SportingBet (paying 1/4 odds first 5 places for each-way bets)

Patrick Rodgers (Getty Images)


Rodgers was one of our three selections for this event last year when he was slightly bigger odds than now – we also tipped the winner, Dustin Johnson, at 9/1 – but he was more of a speculative pick then whereas 12 months on he has proven course form in the book.

The highly promising young American, who has been predicted to go right to the top of the game as his compatriots Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas have done, was right in the mix here until a disappointing final round in 2017 and looks good value to get into the frame.

2) MARTIN LAIRD @ 100/1 with Coral (paying 1/5 odds first 7 places for each-way bets)

Martin Laird (Getty Images)


Like Rodgers, Laird has shown he can operate very effectively at Riviera and placings in the last two years of 11th and eighth indicate he is ready to reward an each-way wager.

The Scot gave Pebble Beach a swerve last week to come here fresh from finishing in the top 10 at Phoenix and therefore he has the current form to go with his liking for this venue.

3) TYRONE VAN ASWEGEN @ 300/1 with BetFred (paying 1/5 odds first 6 places for each-way bets)

Tyrone van Aswegen (Getty Images)


This South African is a huge price but looks capable of going much better than his odds suggest for he put together four solid rounds at Pebble Beach last week and has enjoyed good results at venues that require similar strengths to this one.

Plenty of his compatriots have been suited by Riviera down the years, in particular Rory Sabbatini and Charl Schwartzel, and with some previous strong performances on PGA Tour courses where power is a big advantage, this long-hitter can make his presence felt this week.


Riviera Country Club is an exclusive private complex within the city limits of Los Angeles which was opened in 1926.

Known as ‘Hogan’s Alley’ in recognition of Ben Hogan’s three Los Angeles Open victories, it is a par-71 measuring 7,322 yards and was the scene of Tiger Woods’ first ever appearance in a PGA Tour event at the age of 16 in 1992.

The course record of 61 was set by Ted Tryba in 1999 and the long par-three fourth hole, measuring 236 yards, was described by Hogan as “the best par-three in America”. The sixth, also a par-three, has a bunker in the middle of the green which must be either putted around or chipped over.

On the homeward stretch, the 15th is often a pivotal hole played into the Pacific Ocean breeze and has a two-tiered green, while the 18th has a blind tee shot with the green set in a natural amphitheatre.



Previous winners

Genesis Open results: Past winners of the Genesis Open

YearWinnerScoreTo ParRunner-Up
2006Rory Sabbatini271-13Adam Scott
2007Charles Howell III268-16Phil Mickelson
2008Phil Mickelson272-12Jeff Quinney
2009Phil Mickelson269-15Steve Stricker
2010Steve Stricker268-16Luke Donald
2011Aaron Baddeley272-12Vijay Singh
2012Bill Haas277-7Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley
2013John Merrick273-11Charlie Beljan
2014Bubba Watson269-15Dustin Johnson 
2015James Hahn278-6Dustin Johnson/Paul Casey
2016Bubba Watson269-15Adam Scott/Jason Kokrak
2017Dustin Johnson267-17Scott Brown/Thomas Pieters

Genesis Open in-play betting tactics


This is not a tournament for hard-and-fast in-play trends and that is exemplified by the two victories in the last four years achieved by Bubba Watson.

In 2016, he was never outside the top three but in 2014 the former Masters champion was miles back at halfway but then surged through the pack with successive weekend rounds of 64.

Play-offs are commonplace at this event, especially involving three competitors, so it’s the sort of tournament where there can be late drama and seemingly unassailable leads tossed away. Backing a player who has set a clubhouse target on Sunday can be a shrewd policy.

Genesis Open markets


Bookmakers are offering a good range of markets on this tournament including the staples of Winner, Top 5, Top 10 and Top 20 Finish, plus First Round Leader.

Those happy to bet on a single nationality or continent of player can choose from nine such markets including Top Englishman, Top Irishman and Top Continental European. These can be a good way to bet if you fancy a certain player to go well, or at least better than his compatriots, but not necessarily feature right at the top of the leaderboard.

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