In a bit of a twist, because the PGA Tour doesn’t want to compete against the NFL, this weekend’s golf tournament at Torrey Pines tees off on Wednesday, with the final round scheduled for Saturday.
PGA Tour president Tyler Dennis thanked the Farmers Insurance Open for its “innovative thinking with this shift in competition days” and applauded the “action-packed weekend for sports fans” that it has helped to create.
Torrey Pines has traditionally been the start of the PGA Tour season on CBS (broadcast home of the AFC Championship Game), and it’s also produced some of the most exciting results anywhere on Tour.
Favorites to Win Farmers Insurance Open
- Jon Rahm (+700)
- Justin Rose (+1400)
- Bryson DeChambeau (+1800)
- Xander Schauffele (+1800)
- Hideki Matsuyama (+2000)
- Sam Burns (+2200)
- Daniel Berger (+2200)
- Dustin Johnson (+2500)
- Tony Finau (+2500)
- Scottie Scheffler (+2800)
The tournament is played on the two courses at Torrey Pines, the South and North course, with the South course measuring more than 7,700 yards. The South course is where the tournament will finish, and it’s not only a monster in length but narrow and with deep rough. Being great off the tee is imperative.
Jon Rahm is, of course, the favorite as the No. 1 golfer in the world. But four other members of the top-10 in the world are at Torrey Pines this week – Dustin Johnson (4th), Xander Schauffele (6th), Bryson DeChambeau (9th), and Hideki Matsuyama (10th).
There are two challenges for golfers, in that you need to do well on the South course, and not surprisingly, 10 of the last 16 winners here ranked among the leaders in driving distance. But you also need to do well on the North course, because that’s where you can make up strokes on the competition.
Golfers to Watch
Will Zalatoris mania has its roots in how he’s done in the Majors, but he was also seventh at the Farmers a year ago. He is still in search of his first career win, and this might be the place where it happens. He’s paying +3000.
Bryson DeChambeau has the necessary length off the tee, and while he has missed in the cut in his previous two Farmers starts, he does typically do well in California. The native Californian had a strong 54 holes at Torrey Pines at last year’s U.S. Open before fading with a final round 77.
Another golfer who plays well in California is Tony Finau. Last year he was a runner-up at the Farmers, was fourth at The American Express, and runner-up at The Genesis Invitational in Pacific Palisades. He’s gone top-10 in four of his last five Torrey Pines starts.
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