Genesis Invitational PGA Betting Picks and Predictions

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021 4:09 PM UTC

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021 4:09 PM UTC

Craig Edwards @EdwardsTips_ previews the Genesis Invitational for
<div><h2 style="text-align:center"><strong>Riviera Country Club</strong><strong> (Par 71, 7322 yards)</strong></h2><p style="text-align:center"><strong>February 18-21 at</strong> <strong>Los Angeles, California</strong></p><p>This week the PGA Tour reaches one of its long-standing ports of call for an event held at the classical Riviera Country Club, which has been used for major championships on four occasions.</p><p>For that reason, this course is one of the hardest to par on the PGA Tour with Adam Scott winning last year at 11 under par, and it's unusual to see a winning score above 15 under par. This treelined course sets a tough exam with Kikuyu fairways and rough, followed by Poa Annua greens, whose undulations are challenging.</p><p><strong>Carlos Ortiz Looks Like a Solid Each Way Bet</strong></p><p>After many years of promising so much, the Mexican, Carlos Ortiz, is starting to deliver on the PGA Tour. The twenty-nine-year-old from Guadalajara announced himself brightly on the professional golf stage as far back as 2014 with three Korn Ferry Tour victories. This meant an immediate promotion to the PGA Tour, where he has plied his trade with credit while gaining experience.</p><p>His form was a little erratic at first after gaining promotion, but 2018 and 2019 brought steady improvement as he consolidated his playing privileges. Last November, he jumped back to prominence by winning his first PGA Tour title. He won the Houston Open in Texas, the state he attended college in. Since then, his form has jumped a level, and he's become a model of consistency. His statistics in all departments illustrate why he hasn't been out of the Top 40 in his five starts since. His world ranking has risen to inside the top 50 for the first time in his career as he tees it up this week in the Genesis Invitational.</p><p>For several years, I've expected Ortiz to contend for the win at the Riviera Country Club as he showed an affinity for the course in the early days of his PGA Tour career when he was 20th on debut having contended for the title but closed with a disappointing final round of 75. Evidence for his growing liking for the course has come with three further efforts, with a worse finish of 26th in 2016 and 2020, while he was 9th in 2019.</p><p>His blinding run of form in 2014 on the Korn Ferry Tour, with three wins in fourteen starts, shows he's a player who runs hot when in form. With that self-confidence at an all-time high, he has to be seriously considered as a contender for the Genesis Invitational this year, and thus we are supporting him each way.</p><p><strong>PGA Tour Betting Pick:</strong> <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carlos Ortiz – each-way at 67.00 Bet365</a> (visit our <a href="">Bet365 Review</a>)</p><p> </p><p><strong>Bubba Watson to Continue His Love Affair and Win a Fourth Title</strong></p><p>Last year's missed cut by Bubba Watson broke the symmetrical look of form on his scorecard in Los Angeles. The winner in 2014, 2016, and 2018 gave the most unusual symmetrical form look I can remember, but of course, there was no way he could continue forever.</p><p>Still, that affinity for such a high-profile event and results are nothing short of phenomenal for the forty-two-year-old Floridian. A couple of weeks ago, he closed with a round of 65 for 22nd place at the Phoenix Open, giving the impression that he will be close to hitting his best form this week.</p><p>His last tournament victory was the Travelers Championship of 2018, which is one of the longest periods Watson has gone without a tournament victory in recent seasons. That has mainly been due to his putting, which has deteriorated markedly, but this week's Poa Annau greens are the ones that he feels the most comfortable on. With those positive memories at Riviera Country Club and course knowledge, this week represents a week that the mercurial Watson can get back in the winner's circle on the PGA Tour if his putting improves.</p><p><strong>PGA Tour Betting Pick:</strong> <a href=";a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bubba Watson - each-way @ 46.00 Ladbrokes</a> (visit our <a href="">Ladbrokes Review</a>)</p></div>
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