Tiger Woods hosts an elite field at Riviera Country Club
The Genesis Invitational, hosted by Tiger Woods, is set for Feb. 18-21 at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California. 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 Genesis Invitational lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:
Dustin Johnson ($11,300)
Regular readers of this column will know that DJ screwed us over last week by withdrawing from the Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Tuesday evening. We're giving him a mulligan this week, and since the same reasoning applies, I'll repeat it here: Flawless current form? Check. Outstanding course history? Check (he won the 2017 Genesis). Insane athleticism that translates venue to venue? Check. Confidence? Yep, that too. Like he did last week, DJ checks every box. Since that bizarre MC-WD fortnight at the Memorial and 3M last summer, Johnson's worst finish is a T12, with three wins and eight top-6 finishes in 10 starts. If he bumps his putting from mediocre to slightly above average, he'll be unbeatable. He also addressed last week's wild card factor, fatigue, by skipping Pebble Beach. He'll be ready.
Adam Scott ($9,000)
Scott is relatively cheap this week, given that he's the defending champion and he's been playing very well — nine for nine in cuts made this season, with a T10 at the Farmers in his most recent outing. His putting, long his Achilles heel, has been adequate, and if he can tighten up his ball striking to previous A-Scott standards, he could successfully defend his title this week.
Bubba Watson ($8,900)
A host of course horses are populating the field this week, but Bubba is the lone Triple Crown winner among that group, with three wins at this event (a distinction he shares with Ben Hogan and Arnold Palmer). His struggles of late can be distilled down to the shortest club in the bag. He ranks third on Tour in SG: Tee-to-Green, but 208th in SG: Putting. He's coming off a top 25 in Phoenix, and familiar ground could elicit more familiar work with the flatstick.
James Hahn ($7,500)
Hahn shows flashes of excellence sandwiched by stretches of mediocrity — case in point, a top 10 at Phoenix surrounded by two MCs. But if you catch him at the right moment, he can pay off, as he did at the 2015 Genesis (then known as the Northern Trust), where he fended off Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey in a playoff to earn his first Tour win. He's 39, and he's never going to be much more than he is now, but he's worth a flyer.
Doc Redman ($6,600)
The 23-year-old has scuffled at bit of late — he arrives off back-to-back missed cuts, although a 2-under Thursday-Friday in Phoenix left him only a shot off the cutline. He makes our list for three reasons: He's cheap, he's striping it well tee to green (although once he gets to the green, the wheels come off), and he's a past winner at Riviera, earning the 2017 U.S. Amateur Championship here.
Sung Kang ($6,500)
Spending a cheap flyer on last year's runner-up seems like smart bargain shopping to us. To be fair, it's been one long struggle for Kang since his T9 at the Arnold Palmer pre-pandemic shutdown. A Friday 68 at Pebble got him into the weekend, so there are hopeful signs.
(Top courtesy of @DJohnsonPGA)