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The Reset

28/1 Scott takes Riviera crown

by Dave Tindall
Updated On: February 16, 2020, 7:19 pm ET

In a regular weekly column on Rotoworld, we reflect on the tournaments just gone and also take an early peek at the action ahead on the PGA and European Tours.

 

PGA TOUR

The Genesis Invitational

Final Leaderboard

1. (-11, 268) Adam Scott (Odds: 28/1)
2. (-9, 272) Sung Kang (Odds: 225/1)
2. (-9, 273) Scott Brown (Odds: 750/1)
2. (-9, 276) Matt Kuchar (Odds: 50/1)

Notes: Despite eight weeks off, Scott's love of Riviera shone through on Sunday as he played some smart golf to secure his 14th PGA TOUR title in 325 events and first since a come-from-behind win at the 2016 WGC-Cadillac (Doral) 74 starts ago. Kang and Brown were way down the betting but both had previous course form, Brown also the runner-up here in 2017. Kuchar had never bested T8 at the course. 

Fate of the favorites

5. (-8, 276) Rory McIlroy (Odds:15/2)
MC. (+3, 145) Justin Thomas (Odds: 8/1)
17. (-5, 279) Jon Rahm (Odds: 10/1)
10. (-7, 277) Dustin Johnson (Odds: 12/1)

Notes: Thomas flopped, mainly due to a cold putter, while Rahm never really got into contention. But Rory and DJ will view this week as one that got away. Both had a chance to win but went flat when it mattered, McIlroy shooting a 2-over closer after starting the day tied for the lead while Johnson had just one birdie on Sunday and came home in 38.

 

Coming up this week…

PGA TOUR/EUROPEAN TOUR

WGC-Mexico Championship

Location: Club de Golf Chapultepec, 7,345 yards, par 71.

Who’s playing? It's a WGC but there's no Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson. Those who do head to Mexico include: Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott, Webb Simpson, Tommy Fleetwood, Xander Schauffele.

Past winners at Chapultepec

2019 (-21, 270) Dustin Johnson – 20th PGA TOUR win
2018 (-16, 272) Phil Mickelson – 43rd PGA TOUR win
2017 (-14, 267) Dustin Johnson – 14th PGA TOUR win

Notes: DJ has six WGC wins and his two in Mexico represent victories No. 4 and No. 6. He was also T7 in 2018.

 

PGA TOUR

Puerto Rico Open

Location: Coco Beach Golf & CC. 7,506 yards (par 72).

Who’s playing? Viktor Hovland, Ian Poulter, Jhonattan Vegas, Alex Noren, Emiliano Grillo, Patrick Rodgers, Kyle Stanley, Martin Laird.

Past winners at Riviera

2019 (-14, 270) Martin Trainer – 1st PGA TOUR win
2018 No event
2017 (-17, 267) D.A. Points – 3rd PGA TOUR win
2016 (-15, 269) Tony Finau – 1st PGA TOUR win
2015 (-6, 278) Alex Cejka – 1st PGA TOUR win

Notes: Yes, we have an opposite event this week and it's the one that Tony Finau did actually go on to win! Five of the last six champions have been first-time winners. As with all alternate-tournaments this season, the field features 120 players.

 

EUROPEAN TOUR

The WGC-Mexico fills this week's European Tour schedule but news emerged last Friday that two events scheduled for April have been cancelled/postponed due to the coronavirus, known as Covid-19.

They are:

Maybank Championship (April 13-16)
Volvo China Open (April 20-23)

Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European Tour, said: “The well-being of our players, spectators and staff is always our absolute priority.

“While it is therefore regrettable that the Maybank Championship and Volvo China Open have been postponed, we feel this is the correct course of action at this time.

“We are currently investigating alternative dates for both events.”

Dave Tindall
Dave Tindall is former golf editor at Sky Sports.com in the UK and has been writing betting previews for the European Tour since 1997. He can be reached via e-mail on tindall_david@hotmail.com and on Twitter @davetindallgolf.