Mickelson has made the last nine cuts at Riviera
The Genesis Open golf tournament is set for Feb. 14-17 at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. That means it’s time to pick your optimal FanPicks fantasy golf lineup. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help.
Here’s what our best Genesis Open 2019 lineup looks like:
Phil Mickelson ($7,000)
A loaded field — six of the world’s top 10, plus Jordan and Tiger — and a classic venue give this week something of a major feel. But nobody checks the dual fantasy boxes of course history and current form quite like Phil. He’s made the last nine cuts here, with two wins and two seconds, and he has a win and a T2 over the last three weeks. He put on an absolute clinic at Pebble. He’s first on Tour in birdie average, and he just keeps giving himself makable looks. Ride the wave.
Bubba Watson ($6,900)
Another Riviera ringer, Bubba’s the defending champ and has three Genesis wins in the last five years. Last seen finishing T4 in Phoenix, where he struck the ball beautifully. Success at Riviera seems to portend success at Augusta, and our top two picks this week have five green jackets between them.
Matt Kuchar ($6,300)
Your current FedExCup leader arrives playing as well as anyone in the world, with two wins and six top 25s in seven starts for the young season. The numbers are a buffet of tasty morsels — 3rd in Driving Accuracy, 5th in GIR, 20th in SG: Total. He’s been so good that a T22 at Pebble was a major disappointment.
Charles Howell III ($5,900)
CH3’s last five tournaments look like this: 1, T14, T8, T34, T20. He’s won this tournament before (2007), and he’s playing well right now. That two-fer puts him on our radar.
Keegan Bradley ($5,600)
It all comes down to the putter with this guy. He’s striking it well — 33rd in SG: Tee-to-Green — but he’s an abysmal 213th in SG: Putting. He could probably manage that with his eyes closed (which may be worth a try at this point). Still, he’s a cut-making machine — 17 in a row, and 31 of his last 33.
Ernie Els ($4,900)
Els, who turns 50 in October, likes the idea of being a playing captain for the 2019 Presidents Cup matches before he turns his attention to his fellow greybeards. And his game is showing flashes of its former greatness — a T12 at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic that included a second-round 65, and a T28 this past weekend at Pebble.