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Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Casey can get the better of Mickelson

Englishman geared for decent Riviera push

Paul Casey lost in a Riviera playoff two years ago
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Sky Sports 4, 7pm Thursday
Event starts 2.40pm

Match betting
Most of the world's best golfers head to Riviera for the Genesis Open and many have some great course form at one of the PGA Tour's most traditional venues.

However, it could be worth opposing a couple of two-time winners of the event in match bets.

Phil Mickelson, who has not played in this event since 2013, was victorious at the California track in 2008 and 2009 but it is possible that a busy schedule is starting to take its toll on the five-time Major champion.

Lefty hit a final-round 77 at Pebble Beach on Sunday and this is his fifth straight week of competition, so side with Englishman Paul Casey to get the better of him.

Casey had an excellent finish to last year and while he has not hit the heights that saw him claim three top-four finishes in the FedEx Cup playoffs in 2016, his ability to find greens in regulation should stand him in good stead at a venue where he was beaten in a playoff two years ago.

Bubba Watson won what was then the Northern Trust in two of the last three years but the two-time Masters winner has struggled with inconsistency in the last few months.

Just two of his last 13 rounds have been in the 60s and he missed the cut on his most recent outing at the Phoenix Open.

He can be opposed in a match bet with JB Holmes, who has performed solidly in making each of his last nine cuts and has claimed a top-15 finish in six of his last nine Riviera appearances.

Recommendations
P Casey to beat P Mickelson
1pt Evs Paddy Power
JB Holmes to beat B Watson
1pt Evs Sky Bet

Casey had an excellent finish to last year and while he has not hit the heights that saw him claim three top-four finishes in the FedEx Cup playoffs in 2016, his ability to find greens in regulation should stand him in good stead
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