Learn about the course for Genesis Invitational and what types of golfers are likely to succeed on it for PGA DFS.
Before jumping into the details of this week’s PGA Tour Event, I wanted to mention a timeline for all PGA DFS items that you can expect each and every week from Frank and myself:
- Monday: Course/Event Preview
- Tuesday: Cash article, GPP article, Cheat Sheet, PGA DFS Stream
- Wednesday: Chat room (8pm EST) to answer questions
Without further ado, let’s jump into this week’s event:
Event: Genesis Invitational
Dates: Thursday February 18th through Sunday February 21st
Course: Riviera CC
Field: 120 players
Cut: 65 and ties
Past Winners: Scott (2020), Holmes (2019), Watson (2018), D Johnson (2017), Watson (2016), Hahn (2015)
- Thursday: 12-8pm EST (Golf Channel) plus PGA Tour Live
- Friday: 2-6pm EST (Golf Channel) plus PGA Tour Live
- Saturday: 1-3pm EST (Golf Channel), 3pm-6pm EST (CBS) plus PGA Tour Live
- Sunday: 1-3pm EST (Golf Channel), 3pm-6:30pm EST (CBS) plus PGA Tour Live
- With this being an Invitational and only 120 players we will see higher than normal 5/6 and 6/6 percentages for lineups.
- Riviera CC is one of the most historic courses on Tour and usually provides for great entertainment.
- The course is a par 71 measuring in at over 7,300 yards
- The course features:
- 3 Par 5s (511, 572 and 589 yards):
- The par 5 1st hole plays more like a par 4 as we will see a scoring average around 4.3
- The other 2 par 5s are reachable by the longer hitters which gives them a distinct advantage
- 4 Par 3s (229, 205, 193, 165)
- 11 Par 4s:
- <400 yards: 1 (driveable 10th hole)
- 400-445 yards: 3
- 446+ yards: 7
- 3 Par 5s (511, 572 and 589 yards):
- Off the Tee:
- This course features fairways that are slightly narrower than Tour average. The rough isn’t overly long but it is kikuyu grass which is very difficult to play out of and control the distance and spin. The percentage of fairways hit here is usually one of the lowest all year on Tour. Bomb and gouge off the tee is a strategy that works best.
- The course is a bomber’s paradise because of the length of the par 4s and the 2 long par 5s that are only reachable in 2 by the longer players.
- Approach Shots:
- This will be one of the most important stats of the week. In particular, you will see the majority of approach shots from 150 yards and beyond. With all of the long par 4s and no super short par 3s, we will see an equal distribution from shots from 150-175, 175-200 and 200+ yards.
- There will not be a lot of wedges inside 125 yards this week
- The Green In Regulation rate here is also one of the lowest on Tour (about 2 less greens hit per round)
- The greens this week are small Poa Annua greens that are typically very firm. Similar to Pebble last week, it is very difficult to make putts inside 10 feet especially in the afternoon when the Poa seed heads on the grass start to blossom.
- Putting prowess is a great skill to have but isn’t necessarily needed this week as we have seen players contend here without even gaining strokes putting on the field.
- Around the Green:
- With a lot of long approach shots and one of the lowest GIR rates on Tour, we will see an abundance of chances for players to chip and pitch around the green. The green surrounds are slightly easier than Tour average in terms of being able to get up and down.
- Due to the increased number of chip/pitch shots and the fact that chipping a ball to 3 feet vs 6 feet means a lot more on Poa Annua greens, we have an increased importance on around the green game this week.
What type of player typically succeeds here?
- I see one clear path to victory at this course:
- Long driver of the ball who is above average beyond 150 yards and is above average around the green chipping, pitching and out of the bunkers.
What areas of a player’s game will be tested the most this week?
- Largest emphasis:
- Driving Distance
- Strokes Gained Approach (specifically beyond 150 yds)
- Strokes Gained Around the Green
- Smaller emphasis:
- Strokes Gained Putting
Check back in on Tuesday for the Cash article, GPP article, Cheat Sheet and DFS Stream.