The PGA Tour schedule continues this week with a star-studded field for the 2019 Genesis Open, which tees off Thursday. Many of the world’s top golfers will compete at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California, this week in hopes of being crowned champion. Dustin Johnson, the 2017 champion, enters the Genesis Open as the Vegas favorite at 8-1, followed closely by Justin Thomas at 11-1 in the latest 2019 Genesis Open odds. Before locking in any 2019 Genesis Open picks of your own or entering any PGA Tour DFS tournament on sites like FanDuel and DraftKings, be sure to check out the top PGA Tour predictions and projected leaderboard from the team at SportsLine.
SportsLine’s prediction model, which was built by DFS pro Mike McClure, has nailed four of the past eight majors entering the weekend and called Tiger Woods’ deep run in the PGA Championship despite being a 25-1 long shot. The model has been spot-on early in the 2018-19 season. It was high on champion Rickie Fowler at the 2019 Phoenix Open, projecting him as one of the top six contenders from the start. It also correctly predicted Brooks Koepka’s (9-1) victory at the CJ Cup earlier this season. Additionally, it correctly called Bryson DeChambeau’s (9-1) seven-shot victory at the 2019 Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Anyone who has followed the model is up huge.
Now that the 2019 Genesis Open field is locked, SportsLine simulated the event 10,000 times, and the results were surprising. One huge shocker the model is calling for: Woods, a 14-time major champion and one of the top Vegas favorites, doesn’t even crack the top 10.
Woods is making just his second start of 2019 and has struggled mightily at Riviera throughout his career. In fact, Riviera Country Club is the only PGA Tour venue he has played more than four times in his professional career without a victory. Last season, he returned to Riviera for the first time in 11 years, only to miss the cut after shooting 6 over par in his first two rounds. There are far better values to be had in this loaded Genesis Open 2019 lineup.
Another surprise: Xander Schauffele, a 25-1 long shot, makes a strong run at the title. He has a much better chance to win it all than his odds imply, so he’s a target for anyone looking for a huge payday.
Schauffele is an emerging star who has played extremely well recently, winning two of his past four official starts on the PGA Tour. He finished on top of the leaderboard earlier this season at the WGC-HSBC Champions and followed that up with another victory at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, which featured 34 of the 37 golfers who won a PGA Tour event last season.
Schauffele’s early-season success has him ranked No. 1 in the FedEx Cup standings and in the top 15 in scoring average (69.873), which will allow him to shoot up the 2019 Genesis Open leaderboard in a hurry.
Also, the model says four other golfers with 2019 Genesis Open odds of 20-1 or longer make a strong run at the title. Anyone who backs these underdogs could hit it big.
So who wins the 2019 Genesis Open? And which long shots stun the golfing world? Check out the odds below and visit SportsLine now to see the full 2019 Genesis Open projected leaderboard from the model that nailed the winners of four golf majors, and find out.
Dustin Johnson 8-1
Justin Thomas 11-1
Rory McIlroy 12-1
Jon Rahm 12-1
Bryson Dechambeau 16-1
Jordan Spieth 18-1
Tiger Woods 20-1
Bubba Watson 20-1
Phil Mickelson 25-1
Hideki Matsuyama 25-1
Xander Schauffele 25-1
Matt Kuchar 28-1
Tony Finau 28-1
Patrick Cantlay 33-1
Adam Scott 33-1
Tommy Fleetwood 33-1
Cameron Smith 33-1