Yahoo Golf Talk: The Genesis Invitational

Josh Culp
·2 min read

The PGA TOUR hangs around California for one more week as they take on Riviera Country Club for The Genesis Invitational.

This classical course can beat you up quickly if you're not on your game. There are eight holes that yield bogey or worse more than 20 percent of the time. On the flip side, there are just four holes that surrender birdies or better to more than 20% of the field. Pars are your friend this week and chipping in an eagle or two along the way always helps. It's the par-5 first hole that lets in most of the eagles.

When trying to build a DFS roster this week, we need golfers with a strong mental approach, having the ability to stay patient when the birdies don't drop. Comfort on poa annua greens is always a plus here at The Riv. Lastly, we see a strong link between power and winning upside here, so we can have a quick look at the driving distance leaders in the field.

Poa Annua Putting

It's the last week for a while that golfers will see tricky, poa annua greens.

Some golfers feel comfortable on poa while others just hope to putt at a field-average rate when facing poa annua.

These golfers have gained strokes putting most consistently over the last two years when putting on poa annua greens:

Wyndham Clark
Brandt Snedeker
Matt Kuchar
Jon Rahm
J.T. Poston
Jim Furyk
Patrick Rodgers
Mark Hubbard
Nate Lashley
Brendon Todd
Vaughn Taylor
Will Zalatoris
Troy Merritt
Maverick McNealy
Brian Stuard

Will Zalatoris ($33): It's a small sample for Big Z on the list above but Zalatoris has also contended on poa annua during his time on the Korn Ferry circuit, which is not measured by ShotLink. If we include his KFT results, he's posted top 10s in five of his last six starts on courses with poa annua greens. Not bad.

Drive for Dough

When you look at the list of recent winners at Riviera, it becomes obvious that distance is a nice advantage to have in your corner.

The last seven winners are Bubba Watson (x3), James Hahn, Dustin Johnson, J.B. Holmes, and Adam Scott. Looking at 2020 driving distance ranks, Watson, Johnson, and Scott all ranked top 20 on TOUR last year. Holmes is known as a heavy hitter and Hahn was 50th in driving distance the year he won.

Here are the golfers that gain the most yardage over the field with their driving distance, over the last 12 months:

Bryson DeChambeau
Cameron Champ
Rory McIlroy
Luke List
Dustin Johnson
Sam Burns
Wyndham Clark
Matthew Wolff
Will Zalatoris
Tony Finau
Tyler McCumber
Cameron Davis
Scott Harrington
Brooks Koepka
Joaquin Niemann

Sam Burns ($23): The LSU product missed the cut in his 2019 tournament debut but snagged a T23 last year. This time around he arrives with top 40s in five of his last six starts, poking his name into contention quite a few times during that stretch. The best part is his salary, near minimum, allowing plenty of dough to spend up on some star power.

Hopefully these stats will give you some names to dive into when it comes to researching your final selections this week over at Yahoo!