Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 12:00 PM (Riviera Country Club)
We have our fifth California event of the PGA Tour as we gear up for the Genesis Open, and it’s a quick turnaround for players with the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am not wrapping up until Monday due to weather delays. The good news is we’ve posted two straight winners with Phil Mickelson cashing at +2500 odds at Pebble Beach. Let’s keep it going.
Here are five golfers to consider throwing on your card this week.
Bubba Watson - The fact you can get Bubba Watson at +2000 odds this week makes him a must play, as there’s five players with better odds than him. Watson is not only the defending champion at the Genesis Open, but he’s won this event three of the last five years. Watson has finished no worse than 17th in the seven times he’s made the cut at the Riviera Country Club. Watson also has good form on his side with him coming off a fourth place finish at the Phoenix Open. Hard to put a card together this week and leave Watson off it, as there’s a strong case to be made he’s the guy to beat.
Matt Kuchar - Matt Kuchar has finished no worse than 22nd in each of his last five events, which includes two victories and being double-digit strokes below par three times. You can expect this hot streak to continue considering Kuchar has made the cut in 11 of his 12 appearances at the Genesis Open and is averaging a finish of 18.6 in his last three appearances. Consistency is often key when trying to find a winner week-to-week in golf betting. It doesn’t get much better than Kuchar at the moment, making him a strong value play at +3500 odds.
Paul Casey - Paul Casey had his chances to win at Pebble Beach but had to settle for runner-up. Regardless, Casey now has seven top-20 finishes in each of his last eight events and should be motivated to finally close the deal after a frustrating finish last week. Casey has made the cut in his last six appearances at the Genesis Open and that includes a runner-up finish back here in 2015. There’s a lot to like about Casey this week, especially when you can get him at a healthy +3000 odds.
Phil Mickelson - We mentioned last week just how successful Phil Mickelson has been in California, and he made you 25 times your money if you followed our lead. You can get Mickelson at +2200 odds this week, which is still worth my time. Mickelson is a two-time winner at the Genesis Open and has two other runner-up finishes. Mickelson has made the cut in each of his last nine appearances at this event and finished sixth last year. In other words, Mickelson has finished no worse than sixth in five of his last nine appearances at the Riviera Country Club. I’ll take my chances double-dipping.
Adam Scott - Adam Scott had an impressive third round at Pebble Beach where he hit 10 of 18 greens in regulation. When Scott has made the cut, he’s been pretty consistent in pushing the rest of the field, and there’s reason to expect this impressive stretch to continue. Scott not only won the Genesis Open in 2005, but he’s a two-time runner-up and has missed the cut just once in 10 starts overall. In five of his last seven appearances here, Scott has finished no worse than 17th. Could this be Scott’s first PGA victory in nearly three years? I’ll take a shot with him at +3500 odds.