Golfers To Watch And Betting Profiles At The Genesis Invitational
Top of the Market Players Provide Success in Rich History at Riviera
I’ve covered the Genesis Invitational from tee-to-green as the top players get ready to rip it at Riviera. With Patrick Cantlay moving into the top 10 of the world rankings following last week’s third place finish at Pebble Beach, there will be eight of the top 10 golfers in the world at classic, tree-lined Riviera Country Club just outside Los Angeles.
That includes one of our Golfers to Watch last week, Max Homa, who cashed in a top-1o bet for those willing to make more worthwhile wagers than just outright winners. That, as we know, is very difficult.
An elite player is the percentage play to win at Riviera, and I’ve added my Fairway’s Foursome along with Fairways Longshots to my initial Genesis Invitational betting preview.
I’ve also added more betting data and updates in my Genesis coverage at Forbes, along with picks and profiles at Offshore Gaming Association. My weekly coverage at TheLines includes early previews with player info, odds and information you can bet on. That now includes golfers to watch.
GENESIS INVITATIONAL GOLFERS TO WATCH
I’ve gone beyond the obvious choices and top of the market players to dig into data and offer some other ways to profit from the experience when betting golf. I’ve chipped in analysis on ‘Fairway’s Foursome’ of other golfers to watch, and you can check out the full review at TheLines.
But here are two golfers and profiles that are getting overlooked and worth watching. I wrote these up on Tuesday for TheLines, and submitted here a day later.
Carlos Ortiz (+8000 DraftKings): Ortiz is as low as +5500 at William Hill, and that’s a significant difference in price when getting to these bigger longshots. He’s finished T26 or better in four starts at Riviera including T9 in 2019. Carlos Ortiz is quietly amongst the better golfers in Short Game plus Driving Distance in this field with his strengths Around the Green, Short Game and Putting on Poa. His scoring average of 70.0 in four starts and four made cuts at Riviera is also very solid, and Ortiz is up to No. 45 in the world rankings having won the Houston Open in November.
Lanto Griffin (+15000 DraftKings): These odds are getting obsurd for an improved and quality player like Griffin, even in a stronger field. Griffin is currently No. 53 in the world rankings, and finished T37 on debut last year at Riviera with his worst round on Sunday. In his recent event in the Farmers Insurance Open on Poa greens at TPC Scottsdale, Griffin finished T7 and was in the mix Sunday after a slow start to the tournament. He was owned by less than 3% of DFS players at DraftKings in that tournament. Over his last 36 rounds on Poa, Griffin ranks No. 21 in SG: Total in this field and is pretty solid across the board in all categories with strength in Approach, Short Game and best Putting on Poa.
I bet both these golfers and others in tournament match-ups, and you can see those picks and profiles in my Genesis Invitational preview and odds page.