The PGA Tour enjoys its last stop on the early-season west coast swing this week with a strong field contesting the Genesis Open, writes Phil Casey.
World number one Dustin Johnson won 12 months ago to move to the top of the rankings for the first time, having been tipped in our preview at 17/2.
Although the former US Open champion is a shorter price this time around in the Genesis Open betting, there is no reason not to back the big-hitting American to perform well again at Riviera Country Club.
Johnson was a slightly disappointing joint second at Pebble Beach last week, but was third in the same event last year and followed up with a five-shot win at Riviera, where he has a superb record.
The 33-year-old was fourth in 2016 and runner-up in 2015 and 2014, as well as finishing fourth in 2012 and third in 2010. He can backed at 5/1.
Johnson was beaten in a three-man play-off in 2015 and our next selection was too, England’s Paul Casey also missing out as James Hahn claimed his first PGA Tour title on the third extra hole.
Casey has played sparingly so far in 2018 but was ninth in Abu Dhabi and eighth last week, as well as winning two points from his three matches in the EurAsia Cup in Kuala Lumpur.
The former world number three was superbly consistent last season and is 28/1 to finally turn consistency into a first PGA Tour title since 2009.
It also feels a matter of time before Ollie Schniederjans gets his first victory and having backed him several times, it would be a shame to miss out when that time comes so he is included in our Genesis Open betting tips.
Schniederjans was eighth on his tournament debut last year and third on his last start in Phoenix and can be backed in the each-way market at 40/1.
Finally, Patrick Rodgers can justify an each-way interest at 125/1 if he can reproduce the form which saw him in contention 12 months ago until a disappointing final round of 73. Rodgers was eighth alongside Casey last week and triple-figure odds could look very generous on Sunday.
Genesis Open betting tips
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