Now that Paul Casey and Phil Mickelson have finished at Pebble Beach on Monday, they will head to Riviera where they will face a stern test of golf amongst the best field of the year so far. This event should provide great entertainment all week (as long as Mahan/Furyk aren’t a featured pairing again on PGA Tour Live). Riviera is a great course to watch the world’s best go toe-to-toe. We have seen all different types of players succeed here, from bombers to elite iron players to elite scramblers. Here are some players to consider for DraftKings and One-and-Done leagues:
Tommy Fleetwood $8,600
Fleetwood is my favorite value play of the week. He has only missed 2 cuts in the last 17 months, so the consistency and upside he provides is unmatched at his salary. During that time frame, he has recorded 27 top-20 finishes, including 15 top-10 finishes!!!! Fleetwood has one of the best combinations of driving and iron play in the field. If his short game cooperates, he will contend this week.
Sergio Garcia $8,200
Sergio is going to have low ownership this week, mostly because of public sentiment regarding his incident in Saudi Arabia. If we look at Sergio, he actually checks a lot of the boxes for someone who has a good chance to succeed this week. Prior to his DQ in Saudi Arabia, he finished in the top 10 in seven consecutive events!!! He is an elite driver and mid to long iron player, which will suit Riviera perfectly. He has finished sixth or better in three of his last seven appearances at Riviera. Sergio also offers great salary relief since he should be priced at $9,000 closer to the likes of Leishman and Cantlay.
If you don’t feel like saving DJ for the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, this week is a great time to use him. He has finished 4th or better in 8 of his last 12 appearances at Riviera.
Phil will be a popular choice this week after winning last week at Pebble. He has finished 6th or better in five of his last nine starts at Riviera. Just last year, Phil followed up a 2nd-place finish at Pebble Beach with a 6th place finish at Riviera.
This week is one of the best times to use Bubba Watson all year. He has won this event three times in the last five years. He comes into this event in good form after finishing in 4th place at the WM Phoenix Open. In that event, he gained seven shots off the tee and five shots on approach!!! If he brings that ball striking this week, he will have a chance to pick up another victory.