2021 Genesis Invitational Sleepers Picks

Genesis Open Sleeper PicksThe PGA Tour makes a final stop in California at the Genesis Invitational played at the Riviera Country Club in the Pacific Palisades. Our sleeper picks below will get into more details but this is a course that the long hitters can have a bit of an advantage since it’s a Par 71 at 7322 yards.

Because the Genesis Invitational is at Riviera CC, look for another solid field of PGA Tour pros to tee it up this week prepping for next week’s WGC event. For fantasy golf fans that are playing at top DFS sites like FanDuel and DraftKings, you will have some solid choices for players when making sleeper picks this week because of how many favorites will be in the event. That also means that the salary cap numbers for some good golfers will be lower allowing you some great sleeper pick choices for your lineups.

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Genesis Open Expert Sleeper Picks

Genesis Invitational Golf Course

Riviera Country Club par 71 - 7,322 yards

Recent history has shown that winners are usually guys that have a high average driving distance throughout the PGA Tour season so that would be the first stat to consider when you are looking for a sleeper pick for the Genesis Invitational. Remember, just because you are long, doesn’t mean that you are accurate. Looking at fairways hit is important but not as important as Greens in Regulation. Even if the long hits make the rough, winners at Riviera usually are able to make their second shot count and hit the green to set them up for a birdie or even an eagle putt. The greens are a bit smaller on average which is also why you will want to favor the GIR% over the fairways hit stat.

Both the Par 4 and Par 5 holes offer scoring chances this week but most winners at Riviera have finished in the top 5 in Par 5 scoring for the week. Eleven of the Par 4’s average a distance of over 450 yards which again is why you’ll want to target sleepers that can drive the ball far shortening the course considerably. Two of Riviera’s three par 5 holes are pretty easy to get on the green in two and have that birdie/eagle try. The longest par 5 is the 17th hole and that is more of a birdie chance than an eagle opportunity.

Putting is once again on Poa Annua type greens so you will want to find guys that are successful putting on POA. Riviera is known as some of the hardest greens for golfers to putt on because of the Poa Annua grass and because it’s close to the ocean which can make the greens quite bumpy and the wind can be a bit of a factor with the condition of the greens too. Also check out players Putting inside 10 feet stats because Riviera can be known to be a tough place to putt and if you find guys that can bomb it and hit it close to the pin…it all goes for not if they can’t putt well inside of 10 feet.

Strokes Gained Tee-to-Green is a stat to look at as a way to see how golfers save shots from tee to green. Riviera is considered a “shot-makers” course and those that have solid tee to green stats tend to do well at Riviera.

Although you should look at the GIR% this week, also check out the players Proximity to hole stats which calculates who can get the ball closest to the hole from off the fairway. Because the greens may be a bit harder to hit, this may be a good stat to check out.

Because the course is a shot makers course you will want to also check out Scrambling stats for PGA Tour players. Guys are going to miss off the tee and many will have to be creative on their second shots to land it close on the green. Look for guys with solid scrambling stats that can make up for the bad shots that they will have this week.

Keep an eye on the weather not only during the Genesis Invitational but the week leading up to the tournament because it does play a factor. If there is a dry spell in the weeks before the tourney the course will be dry and then play fast especially if the winds start to kick up. If it is rainy leading up to the Genesis Invitational the course will be soft and players can take better aim at the greens without worrying that their ball will roll off the back. Also keep in mind that with the course being only a mile away from the ocean, the breezes (especially in the afternoon) can make the course a lot tougher to play.

Summary of Key Stats for the Genesis Invitational:

Driving distance

Strokes Gained: Off the Tee

Birdie or Better %

Strokes Gained Putting

Par 5 Scoring

Par 4 scoring


Strokes gained putting

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2021 Genesis Invitational Fantasy Golf Sleeper Picks

Bubba Watson - So he’s not a typical sleeper pick since he’s won this tournament 3 times but he is flying under the radar a bit and he could be worth rostering in a bunch of lineups. He missed the cut last year but has a solid history at Riviera and worth building lineups around at a relatively reasonable salary cap price.

Matt Kuchar - Although his golf game has fallen and he no longer is a favorite to win many tournaments, he does jump up the leaderboard occasionally still and make people some money when they pick him. He finished in a tie for 2nd last year at Riviera and has a solid history on the golf course. You could do much worse than picking Kuchar this week.

Doc Redman - Redman won the 2017 U.S. Amateur in a playoff at Riviera but has no other history at the course as a pro. Redman has scuffled a bit since the turn of the calendar but this could be a breakthrough week for him. There is a lot of star power in the field this week so Redman is a longshot pick to win but as a sleeper to make the cut and help you with 4 rounds for your DraftKings DFS lineup Redman should be a good cheap option play.

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