Fantasy golf rankings: 2017 Genesis Open

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Fantasy golf rankings: 2017 Genesis Open

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Fantasy golf rankings: 2017 Genesis Open

No Tiger Woods, no problem.

Woods won’t play in this week’s Genesis Open, but even if he had, he wouldn’t have been a reliable asset for fantasy golfers. Gamers will have plenty of top-tier options to choose from at Riviera Country Club, including Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama.

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To help you with your fantasy-golf lineups, Golfweek ranks its top 25 players in the field;

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1. Dustin Johnson: Since his T-10 finish at Riviera in 2009, Johnson has missed two cuts here but also has been in the top 4 five times, including runner-up finishes in 2014 and ’15. He is coming off a third-place finish at Pebble, too.

2. Hideki Matsuyama: Five wins in last nine worldwide starts and after a week off, he gets a Riviera track where he’s been T-11, T-4 and T-23 in three trips.

3. Jordan Spieth: Red-hot right now with two victories and nothing worse than T-9 in his last six worldwide starts. T-12 and T-4 finishes in Genesis Open career to go along with a pair of MCs, including last year.

4. Jason Day: The World No. 1 got back on track with a T-5 at Pebble Beach, but Day hasn’t played Riviera since 2012, when he tied for 62nd. He also missed the cut in 2010 and ’11.

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5. Adam Scott: Has played just once in 2017, but that was a T-9 last month in Singapore. Nothing worse than T-14 in last five worldwide starts. T-2, T-10 and T-17 in last three tries at Riviera.

6. Justin Thomas: Will be motivated after MC in Phoenix. His best finish at Riviera in two tries is T-41, but he did help Alabama reach the NCAA final here in 2012. Three wins already this season.

7. Justin Rose: He has three top 16s in his last four starts at Riviera. Was T-39 last week at Pebble, a course where he had limited experience on. Before that, he was T-4 and second in his first two starts of 2017.

8. Bubba Watson: Hasn’t cracked the top 10 in a full-field, official PGA Tour event since winning here last year. That being said, he has won here twice in the last three years, so this is a good layout for him.

9. Sergio Garcia: Coming off a win in Dubai and was T-4 here two years ago. Five finishes of T-12 or better in his last seven worldwide starts.

Brandt Snedeker is now 60 under since 2010 at the Farmers Insurance Open.

10. Brandt Snedeker: Has missed his three cuts in six career Genesis Open starts, but has gone T-9 and solo fourth in last two starts on Tour.

11. Matt Kuchar: Doesn’t have a sparkling record at Riviera, but Kuchar was T-8 here last year. He is coming off a missed cut at Pebble after two straight top 10s on Tour.

12. Jim Furyk: Four straight top 25s at Riviera and shook off some rust last week in Pebble, where he missed the secondary cut.

13. Bill Haas: Past champion here (2012) has missed last two cuts at this event. However, he has five straight top 20s on Tour, including a T-4 at last fall’s WGC event in China and a T-17 in Palm Springs.

14. Charl Schwartzel: T-3 and fifth here in 2013 and ’14, respectively, and four made cuts in last four years. Did miss the cut last week in Malaysia but was T-4 and third in previous two European Tour starts.

Patrick Reed

15. Patrick Reed: Missed cut in only Riviera start, in 2013, but he has yet to miss a cut this season in five events with a cut. T-23 last week at Pebble included a second-round 66 but also some mistakes.

16. Phil Mickelson: Two-time winner here (2008, ’09) but hasn’t played this event since T-21 in 2013. This will be his fifth straight week of action and he struggled down the stretch last week in Pebble.

17. Francesco Molinari: Nothing better than T-40 in last three starts at Riviera, but he is in good form. Since win at Italian Open, Molinari has five straight finishes of T-14 or better, including three top-6 finishes.

18. J.B. Holmes: Three straight made cuts at this event, including a T-11 last year. Has been solid in four official Tour starts this season but not spectacular – nothing worse than T-35 and nothing better than T-23.

19. Shane Lowry: Game is in good shape as Lowry has four top 20s in his last seven worldwide starts with nothing worse than T-41. Never played this event before, though.

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20. Brooks Koepka: Hasn’t played here as a pro and was T-29 at the 2012 NCAA Championship while at Florida State. Has gone MC and T-42 in two starts in 2017.

21. Brendan Steele: Five straight made cuts at Riviera with one top 10 during that span. He has gone T-16, T-20, T-6 and T-6 in last four Tour starts.

22. Ryan Moore: Last six Riviera starts look this this: 10th, T-22, MC, T-27, T-17, T-4. He was disappointing two weeks ago in Phoenix, though, tying for 61st at an event he normally does well at.

23. Jimmy Walker: He’s been good in the majority of his starts here, most notable back-to-back T-4 finishes, in 2011 and ’12, but missed the cut last year and enters this year’s edition with two MCs and a T-55 in his last three.

24. Paul Casey: Hasn’t brought his A-game much recently has he’s failed to finish better than T-28 in last three Tour starts. He was T-2 at Riviera two years ago, so he can play well here.

25. Branden Grace: No Riviera experience, but the World No. 17 has finished T-13 in his last two worldwide starts.

2016 -Thomas Pieters during the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club and Lodge.

Thomas Pieters

OTHERS CONSIDERED

Thomas Pieters: The young Belgian was the 2012 NCAA individual champion at Riviera while at Illinois. He is now the World No. 47 and will be making his pro debut at the Pacific Palisades layout.

Ben An: Led in Phoenix two weeks ago before a final-round 73 left him in solo sixth. This will be his first crack at Riviera.

Marc Leishman: T-5 last year at Riviera and he’s been in top 25 in last six Tour starts.

Charles Howell III: Won here back in 2007 when it was the Nissan Open, but he’s missed four cuts in nine Genesis Open starts since. He’s had two weeks off since a stretch of six straight top 15s on Tour, including a T-2 at the Farmers.

Will McGirt: Riviera sets up well for McGirt, who has gone T-6, T-14 and T-20 in three starts since a MC here in 2013. Missed the secondary cut last week at Pebble, though.

Martin Laird: Three top 10s and no MCs in seven PGA Tour starts this season, Laird was T-11 at Riviera last year.

Adam Hadwin: Playing some good golf right now with seven straight made cuts on Tour. T-39 last week at Pebble and T-16 last year at Riviera.

Anirban Lahiri: He’s returning to form, going T-25, T-19 and T-7 in his last three worldwide starts. T-39 here last year with a 67 in the second round.

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