Genesis Open: PGA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses

Woods aims to reverse Riviera fortunes

Woods aims to reverse Riviera fortunes

On Monday, Woods flew in his private jet with one of those young stars, Justin Thomas, from Florida to L.A. for this week's Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club.

Tiger returns to action for his second PGA Tour event this year and Dustin Johnson defends at the 2018 Genesis Open.

Woods finished joint 23rd at Torrey Pines and the way he got around the course was encouraging, especially considering he missed the cut at the same event in 2017 when his back betrayed him and then withdrew after one round the next week in Dubai and was out until December. He has finished outside the top 10 in his last three tournaments.

Jordan Spieth will be looking to re-find his putting touch - he's now 193 on the strokes gained putting stats on the PGA Tour.

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Casey, who hasn't finished worse than T39 in his last five starts in this event, was fourth for Greens In Regulation at Pebble Beach last week and is 1st in Strokes Gained: Tee-To-Green this season so has the flawless stats to shine again at Riviera. Since getting the all-clear, he says he hasn't felt any back pain and has been playing pain-free for the first time in a long time. Seemingly gone in his latest comeback from four back surgeries and a DUI arrest are the bravado, the "me against the world" persona, the intimidation factor and the isolation on and off the course from the rest of the competition that were so much a part of his world when he dominated the game and won 14 major titles.

Another unique feature of Riviera Country Club's 92-year-old course is its abundance of Eucalyptus trees.

"As for the guys who are on tour who are young, I can handle myself", the world No 550 said.

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"He's just a great kid, he really is", Woods said ahead of an event that benefits his foundation.

Nevertheless, there was an echo of the fiery competitor who once seemed certain to eclipse Jack Nicklaus's record of 18 major titles when Woods talked about contending with today's rising stars.

"I'm trying to get through that process, go through that process, get to that point".

However, the American golf icon is not satisfied with a vice-captain's role, but is also looking to make the cut as a player.

We stay in California for the fourth time in the last five weeks, this time for the 2018 Genesis Open. With top-20 finishes in 12 of his last 13 global starts, he's due.

Dustin Johnson - Dustin Johnson is back to being Dustin Johnson, finishing runner-up or better in three of his last four events.

McIlroy missed the cut last week after two top-3 finishes to start the year on the European Tour, while Spieth has yet to get up to speed with his putter. "This is still all new to me and I just want to be real smart about it". Simple. I'm a golf nut with a 1.3 handicap and a nose for analytics - according to Rotogrinders, I'm one of the top-10 daily fantasy golf players. I'm used to being in a cart playing 36 holes. He's a core play for me this week. Previous year on the Euro Tour he ranked first in GIR, 51st in scrambling, 7th in driving accuracy and 44th in distance.

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