An excellent field full of big hitters is on the entry list for this week’s Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club. When looking for course form data, don’t forget that this event has gone by several names, most recently the Northern Trust Open and the Nissan Open. One constant has been Riviera CC, which has hosted the event in every year but one since 1973.
This is a long par 71, so it definitely favors the guys that can grip it and rip it from the box, but it also favors guys that putt well. You’re looking for the guys that drive for show AND putt for dough this week in Pacific Palisades, so keep that in mind.
It can be tough to find good deals on those guys, but that’s what we’re doing this week in the DFS article to find some values beyond the top-end guys that are all priced consistent with their name recognition and performances to date.
Tyrrell Hatton ($7,700) – The fact that this event brings the players back to normalcy is a big deal for somebody like Tyrrell Hatton. His 15th at TPC Scottsdale may have been a surprise to some, given his emotional personality, but he’s a strong player whose stock is often undervalued because of how often he’s playing in Europe. Hatton bypassed last week’s Pro-Am, as it just isn’t his scene. He’s going to an event at Riviera that should play well to his skill set, as he ranks ninth in strokes gained off the tee and sixth in strokes gained tee to green. What we need from Hatton is to make some putts. He hits enough fairways to be dangerous and regularly hits it three bills. If he makes some putts, this could be a tremendous value grab.
Cameron Champ ($7,600) – Gimme another long hitter. Cameron Champ is pushed way down the board because of the big names in this field that are more accomplished, but let’s not forget what this kid has already achieved this season. He won the Sanderson Farms Championship and grabbed top-10 finishes at El Camaleon in the OHL Mayakoba Classic and The RSM Classic. He played pretty well for 54 holes in Arizona and was solid after a rough first round at Pebble Beach. Kid can play and this is the type of course where his length off the tee is a big attribute.
Luke List ($7,400) – Luke List is my favorite under-the-radar guy of the week. List is most definitely a bomber. He heads into this event third in strokes gained off the tee and ranks top 60 in strokes gained putting, which is good enough for me to take a shot with him. List is 21st in strokes gained tee to green. His length from the box will make it a little bit easier for him when it comes to these greens because he’s going to be able to hit the higher irons with soft loft and that should help control which side of the slope he’s on. He’s got a ton of upside this week.
Charles Howell III ($7,900) – Charles Howell III will be a popular play this week. He skipped over both the Waste Management and the AT&T Pebble Beach, so he’s well-rested for what is probably his best event on the PGA Tour. CH3 hasn’t shot a round higher than 70 over his last 15 rounds overall and won here in 2007, was runner-up in 2003, and tied for 15th here a couple of years ago. If you’re looking for really popular horse-for-course plays to round out your roster, CH3, Jason Kokrak, and Kevin Na will be on that list.
Adam Scott ($8,700) – This is a little bit lofty of a price to pay for Adam Scott, but he’s usually very strong with the putter and that is a big part of the handicap at Riviera. While most of the focus will be on bombers, and rightly so, don’t sleep on guys that can putt really well. Scott is one of those guys. He did not play well at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, but was second on the tough track at Torrey Pines. Scott did not play particularly well here last year, but tied for 11th in 2017, finished T-2nd in 2016, second in 2006, and won in 2005. He’s not a bad anchor for your lineup.