Why this week will tell us a lot about Tiger Woods' future

Dustin Johnson wants to take on Tiger Woods down the stretch at Riviera

Genesis Open: How to watch, who to watch & what to expect from Tiger

Are you heading out to watch the Genesis Open action at Riviera Country Club in person this week?

As Tiger Woods made his way around the back nine of the Riviera Country Club during Tuesday's practice round, one thing was abundantly clear to the 14-time major victor.

Ahead of Woods' California comeback, live on Sky Sports, we've delved into the archives to remember his maiden appearance and look back at a rare interview with the future global superstar.

NOTE: Golfers inside the top 25 in each statistic on the 2016-17 PGA TOUR are listed only if they are scheduled to compete in the Genesis Open.

Paul Casey (DraftKings $10,200 FanDuel $11,600): On Sunday at Pebble, Casey had a run of four birdies in a row to get to -12, within 2 of the lead before a double on the par-3 7th derailed his round.

Dustin Johnson is the defending champion of the event. Since getting the all-clear, he says he hasn't felt any back pain and has been playing pain-free for the first time in a long time. "I just need to get there". He last played at Riviera in 2006, when had to withdraw because of the flu. Woods made his first official tournament start since late January 2017 a couple of weeks ago at the Farmers Insurance Open and finished a very solid 3-under 285 and tied for 23. Spieth was 22 in this tournament a year ago.

"I've really had to increase speed to hang with a lot of the younger guys", he said at Pebble.

"My feet", said Woods.

Neds also have a number of "Tiger Woods 2018 Specials" with the former world number one paying $2.25 to make the cut in three majors this year, or $7 to add to his tally of 14 major victories in 2018. He becomes only the fifth player to be No. 1 for a full year, joining Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Greg Norman and Nick Faldo. Noren must improve his short game if he's going to win in loaded fields like this one, but I'll still take a stab with him and +4500 odds this week. The clubhouse also boasts 30 guest suites, many named after its legendary visitors, which during the Genesis Open play home to everything from a golf simulator to a sushi bar. The rain or the delay obviously didn't bother him one bit as he torched the joint again, picking up his seventh, top-10 finish in 10 starts and his first win.

Dustin Johnson - Dustin Johnson is back to being Dustin Johnson, finishing runner-up or better in three of his last four events.

"I feel like this is a golf course that brings a lot of the best out of me just because of how dialed in you have to be and how focused you have to be", said Rickie Fowler, who won by four shots a year ago.

Back up the price grid and Brendan Steele at 50s is a decent price in his home State and on greens he grew up on and I really like Alex Noren on this course which is ideal for his left-to-right ball flight but we've really ducked him at 35s. Simple. I'm a golf nut with a 1.3 handicap and a nose for analytics - according to Rotogrinders, I'm one of the top-10 daily fantasy golf players.

So, instead, I'll take the same price on a player who does love this layout and has the results to back it up - Martin Laird. The more tournaments I play the better it will be, but I also don't want to play too much.

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