2017 Genesis Open – What to Watch FORE!

Congratulations to Jordan Spieth; winner of his Sponsor’s annual celebrity pro-am.

Many people won’t say it, but Jordan Spieth is damn good at golf.  Since December 1st, Spieth has not finished outside the top 10.  He may not have as many wins this year as Matsuyama or Justin Thomas, but his name follows theirs in money earned.  He’s earned over $2.2 million already this season.  Spieth is the tour leader birdies and GIR so far this season.  Turns out if you can strike the ball and putt you can be successful.

Broadcasts have been especially tough on Jordan because he doesn’t hit the ball as far as Dustin Johnson or Rory McIlroy.  He’s middle of the pack off the tee.  Ranking 71st with just over 294 yards.  I think that’s far enough.  As long as Spieth isn’t hitting that quick hook from the Tee Box, he’ll play well.

 

The Tournament

The Genesis Open and Riviera Country Club play host to the PGA Tour this season.  Riviera is best known for being very exclusive and having a number of very, very famous members.  CBS will be sure to mention every single one as they avoid showing shots throughout the event.

Hole #10 is certainly the most notable on the golf course.  A short par 4, players have a chance to reach, but also have a great opportunity to make a big score.  With the way guys hit it these days, prepare to see a lot of guys reach for the 1-metal.

Just as Riviera boasts a highly-exclusive membership, the Genesis Open has a fantastic field.  From Jason Day to Adam Scott and everyone in between.  There is a notable name missing this week; Tiger Woods.  Tiger won’t be able to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his first PGA Tour event.  Woods had to WD from his press conference due to back issues.  At best, we won’t see Tiger until Bay Hill.  Possibly, we won’t see him again.  What a goddamn shame.

I really wish he’d come back, if for no other reason than this shirt:

Get well soon.

 

Riviera Country Club is 7,322 yards playing to a par 71.

Bubba Watson is the defending champion.

My Pick

Last Week: T-5     Season Stats: Winner – 0, Top 10 – 2, Top 25 – 1, Top-50 – 2, MC – 2

Dustin Johnson

Looks like DJ has shaken off his Abu Dhabi trip.  He finished 3rd last week and has played well at Riviera over the years.  Look for him to make waves.

****Sellstant Week Long Challenge****

With no Podcast in the near future, I asked the staff a sports radio question.  Who will win more money on tour this season?  Vijay Singh or Tiger Woods.  This will be a running tally. 

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Tiger Woods: $0

Vijay Singh: $50,303

Some Stuff to Look For

  • #10– 10 is a hole that makes players think.  It’s the epitome of risk reward.  With Riviera being one of the toughest courses on tour, it almost forces players to make up strokes where they can.
  • World #1– With a win this week, Hideki Matsuyama has the opportunity to become the #1 player in the world.  He’s been on fire as of late and has yet another strong field to play against.
  • Sergio – The Spaniard makes his first PGA Tour start this week.  With one win already, can he build on that momentum?

Who is broadcasting the event this week?

CBS.

I traveled all day last Sunday.  Turns out this was a good thing as Jordan Spieth was playing defensively with a touchdown lead on the field.  I didn’t get anything to complain about all weekend.

 

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What Bugged Me This Week?

Russia

I mean, we’re all on the same page Russia is an enemy, right?  Right?!

Good Song 

Generally this song will keep me from hitting something/somebody due to the above.

‘Til next week.  Tee it high and keep it dry.

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Jeremy will be writing about some things on the PGA Tour and those that plague everyday life.  Feel free to contact Jeremy via email (Jeremy@sellstant.com) or on twitter (@jeremyparch).  As always, you can write your thoughts in our comment section.  

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