Tiger plays host to the world's best this week at Riviera
The 2020 Genesis Invitational is set for Feb. 13-16 at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. That means it's time to pick your optimal DraftKings fantasy golf lineup. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help.
Here's what our best 2020 Genesis Invitational lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:
Dustin Johnson ($10,000)
The Genesis — hosted by Tiger Woods, who's seeking his record-breaking 83rd win at a course where he's shockingly never won — is taking its place alongside the Arnold Palmer Invitational and Jack's Memorial Tournament in offering a three-year exemption to the winner. The by-product is a field worthy of a major. Of the top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking, only Webb Simpson is missing this week. So why DJ over Rory, or Rahm, or Tiger, or JT? After all, he was last seen spraying balls all over the Monterey Peninsula on Sunday on his way to a 78 at Pebble. The answer: He's a Riviera ringer. Since 2014, his LA finishes look like this: 2, T2, 4, 1, T16, T9. Plus, he really wasn't that far off at Pebble, with a 69-65 Thursday-Friday, and the week prior, he finished solo 2nd in Saudi Arabia.
Bubba Watson ($9,600)
Here's one for you numerologists out there: Bubba won this tournament in 2014, 2016 and 2018. Guess what year it is? Last year, despite the insurmountable obstacle of an odd-numbered year, Bubba still mustered a T15 at Riviera. Plus, he arrives playing some exceptional golf, with a T6 at the Farmers and a T3 in Phoenix to show for his last two tournaments. He's 9th in SG: Off-the-Tee, 14th in SG: Putting and 9th in SG: Total. Very little not to like here.
Phil Mickelson ($8,300)
You gotta hand it to Lefty — every time you're ready to bury the guy, he makes like Michael Myers and rises back to life. A solo 3rd at Pebble was just the kind of bounce-back from a pair of missed cuts that we've come to expect. Mickelson is superior to Tiger in a couple of areas (don't laugh), and his record at Riviera is one. He's won this tournament twice (Tiger has a goose egg at Riviera), and he finished T6 here as recently as 2018.
J.B. Holmes ($7,700)
Our fourth course horse this week has been on the fringes of contention for three weeks now, with three top 16s marred only by the occasional loose shot or lackluster round. He's known as a bomber, but it's been some deft work with the blade that has propelled him this year (16th in SG: Putting). Last year, he outlasted Justin Thomas in tough Sunday conditions at Riviera to win his fifth Tour title.
Charles Howell III ($7,500)
CH3 has been a little feast-or-famine this year, with two top 10s and two missed cuts. He's been living off a formidable short game — 24th in SG: Around the Green and 23rd in SG: Putting. Finished solo 6th here last year and T15 in 2017, so there's some positive SoCal history to build on.
Si Woo Kim ($6,600)
Kim's recent form has been, to put it bluntly (and accurately), abysmal. Since the 2019 Masters, he has more missed cuts (13) than paychecks (9). Things reached a low point a few weeks ago when he withdrew from the American Express after an opening 87 citing a back injury. But he did finish solo 3rd here last year, sprinting to the finish line with a final-round 66. Kim was once the 28th-ranked player in the world and has a Players win to his credit. It's still in there; he just has to find it. (Plus, when you spend all your money up top, sometimes you have to do a little dumpster diving.)