PGA Betting - 2018 Genesis Open Top 5 Finish
Things are really starting to heat up on the PGA Tour coming off last week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am which resulted in journeyman Ted Potter Jr. outdueling the No. 1 ranked player in the world, Dustin Johnson for the victory.
The rest of the top five for this event with ties included Phil Mickelson and Jason Day in one of the first events of the year where quite a few of the top players on the PGA Tour were in action. Closing out this year’s West Coast swing is this week’s Genesis Open at famed Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California. The tour shifts to Florida and the East Coast for a series of events leading up to this year’s Masters, in early April as the first Major of the season.
The field for this week’s tournament is stacked with some of the best players in the game to add quite a bit of value to betting on a top-five finish over the four rounds of play. The following five players are worth a closer look in my book to accomplish this feat. More Golf Betting News
1-Dustin Johnson (+120)
It is easy to bet on the world’s top golfer to finish in the top five of any tournament he plays in, but the fact that Johnson is coming off a strong showing last week does add even more value to this week’s play. He has only played in three PGA events this season and he has finished first or second all three times. It also helps that he comes into this week’s tournament as the defending champion.
2-Jordan Spieth (+250)
Spieth is another one of those no-brainers when it comes to betting on a finish in the top five. However, there is come concern with his current form over his last three events. He was 18th in Hawaii at the Sony Open in January before missing the cut earlier this month out in Phoenix in the Waste Management Open. Last week’s 20th-place finish at Pebble Beach is a step in the right direction.
3-Paul Casey (+500)
We are starting to stretch the odds a bit with this play, but consistency has always been one of Casey’s strong suits. The Englishman has played in four PGA events this season dating back to seventh-place finish in mid-October in the TPC Kuala Lumper. More recently, he finished ninth in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in late January before making his 2018 US debut with a solid eighth-place run at Pebble Beach.
4-Kevin Chappell (+800)
Last April’s victory in the Texas Open was Chappell’s first PGA Tour win of his career in 180 previous events, so he is definitely not a household name for golf fans. The main reason why he made my list for this week’s tournament is solid form in a few recent outings to add value to his betting odds. He finished sixth in January’s CareerBuilder Challenge and following a 31st-place showing in Phoenix, he bounced right back last week with a solid weekend of play to finish tied for eighth at Pebble Beach.
5-Kevin Streelman (+1400)
Streelman is another one of those PGA Tour professionals that has less than stellar results over a long stint playing at golf’s highest level, but he is also another golfer with value in his odds coming off solid showing his last time out. After posting a forgettable 40th-place run at Phoenix, he got things going at Pebble Beach in three of his four rounds to end up sixth on the final money list at -13. A top-five bet this week is still a bit of a flyer after missing the cut in last year’s Genesis Open.
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