Venue: Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, California, United States
Date: February 14-17, 2019
Course stats: Par 71, 7,322 yards
Course summary: One of America’s most prestigious venues, and boasting one of the world’s great clubhouses, there’s a little bit of everything at this George C Thomas Jr design. The fourth mimics the Redan at North Berwick, while the drivable 10th is delightful and difficult at the same time.
Purse: $7.4 million
Defending champion: Bubba Watson (-12)
Thursday: Sky Sports Golf, 2.30pm, and Sky Sports Main Event, 3.30pm (featured groups); Sky Sports Golf, 7pm.
Friday: Sky Sports Golf, 2.30pm, and Sky Sports Main Event, 3.30pm (featured groups); Sky Sports Golf, 7pm.
Saturday: Sky Sports Golf, 6pm; Sky Sports Main Event, 7.30pm.
Sunday: Sky Sports Golf, 6pm; Sky Sports Main Event, 9.30pm.
Genesis Open betting: Each-way tips
Rafa Cabrera Bello had a good week at last week’s Pebble Beach Pro-Am before falling away with a final-round 76 on the Monterrey Peninsula.
But there was enough in those opening three rounds to get excited about and the Spaniard is always at a reasonable price when the big names are in town. Cabrera Bello can be found at around 66/1 with some bookmakers.
He made his debut at the tournament last year and finished the week in T26. With some course knowledge under his belt, Cabrera Bello could return a much better finish this week.
Cameron Smith is a fairly short priced each-way bet but can be found at 45/1. He has had a good start to the 2019 season with three top 25s, with one of those a top 10 at Torrey Pines, and a thrilling win at the Australian PGA Championship in December.
The Australian has also been improving year on year at Riviera and was in a position to contend last year after a third-round 65 but he failed to capitalise on the final day. Back him to go one better this time out.
If you’re looking for a long shot this weekend then chuck a few quidon Keegan Bradley at 100/1.
The American has struggled with the putter in recent weeks but has still been making cuts and has recorded top 30 finishes as well.
If Bradley can get the flatstick working this week then I expect that he will record a good finish, particularly round a ball-strikers course like Riviera.
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