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Rare “Triple of Champions” will tee it up at Riviera

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There is no substitute for winning.

We have already well documented that the field at this week’s Genesis Open in L.A. is stacked, and short of anyone having, ahem, “back spasms,” there are plenty of stars to see. But, it’s also not every week that you have three players who won their previous start play in the same event.

That’s the case, though, with Jordan Spieth, Sergio Garcia and Hideki Matsuyama teeing it up come Thursday.

Spieth tamed the competition a week ago at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am primarily with his blazing putter, particularly Saturday, where he had a staggering 13 one putts. That set him on an easy path to victory Sunday and he followed through for his ninth career win.

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Next is Garcia, who was outstanding in his last start at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic two weeks ago, where he out dueled Henrik Stenson for a three shot win. It was the Spaniard’s first win on any tour since 2014, but in specific, the way his short game and scrambling putter held up, you have to give props too.

And finally, the Japanese star Matsuyama has frankly dominated going back to last year. His most recent outing was his fifth win in nine events, as for the second straight year, he won the Waste Management Phoenix Open in sudden death. He has taken a couple of weeks off, but Hideki has also played well at Riviera previously in three previous trips. This includes him finishing 4th in 2015.

The real intrigue for Matsuyama is whether he can overtake Jason Day for the top spot in the Official World Golf Rankings. Day has spent the last 47 weeks at #1 and obviously, wants to stay there, and he won’t have to look far to see how Matsuyama is doing. That’s because the PGA Tour has them paired together for the first two days.

The simple scenario for Matsuyama to claim the top spot is a victory by him and Day finishing outside of the top 25th.

Again, Bubba Watson is the defending champ at the Genesis Open. Names like Els, Scott, and Dustin are there, too, and so too, are the “Championship Triple” looking for their second straight victory.

Now let’s have the rain not dominate things this weekend.

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