Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

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

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

Thursday will be the start of the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club.

"I love the golf course, I love the layout, it fits my eye - and I play terrible", Woods said Tuesday as he prepared to tee it up in the Genesis Open starting Thursday on the classic course nestled in the hills of Pacific Palisades, west of downtown Los Angeles.

In fact, Woods and McIlroy have played beside each other in six PGA Tour events since the opening two rounds of the 2012 Barclays Championship and, all up, they have been together for 11 rounds in those six events.

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. In his last four starts at Riviera DJ's had a victory, two runner-up finishes and a worst finish of 4th (in 2016).

"I've loved playing with Rory over the years". I said, "Yeah, I was 16, 1992".

"The more tournaments I play in I'll get used to that. This is just a golf course that you get excited to go and play".

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With both Beau Hossler and Kevin Streelman sitting at a price of $8,800, rounding out a roster with two players who have combined to make 18 of 19 cuts this season certainly seems like a solid plan.

Woods said he has spent the time between tournaments trying to "clean up" his swing while keeping his putting sharp. "And I can't wait to get started".

Europe will be well represented this week with Alex Noren, Tommy Fleetwood, Thomas Pieters and Paul Casey among those joining Rory McIlroy.

The Rollins College alum was 35 years old when he earned his first PGA TOUR card, but he finished 158th in the FedExCup standings and had to return to the Tour last year. Because in a tournament setting, things are ramped up and I could feel some of the things were off and was able to work on them. "He's got a heart of gold", said Woods. They also come into play on the hard par-4 12th, lining the right side of the fairway, and again on 13, where the club had to plant the trees along the left side of the hole to soak up water after years of flooding issues.

He won't commit to playing in next week's Honda Classic in Florida until he sees how his body responds to his second tournament of the year. But I don't want to play too much.

The Scot is teeing it up at Riviera for the ninth year running and his performances are getting better and better. He won this event previous year and he has six top-four finishes at Riviera. In addition to strong course history, Johnson is now toting great form as he's finished first or second in all three of his early-season starts. The greens have gotten more pin locations than I remember; they've added a few sections around here.

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