Farmers Insurance Open | Thursday 05 February - Sunday 08 February | Torrey Pines
With the fairways being incredibly difficult to hit, accuracy off the tee is definitely a key factor but if players are going to give themselves a chance they’ll also need to hit the ball a long way. The North Course, although shorter and easier, also offers a lot in the way of challenges and low scores here are rare. Whoever wins this one is going to have to be able to capitalise on every opportunity they get and keep stakes to a minimum because one mishit shot could easily be the difference between par and double bogey. Scrambling here is difficult so it’s best to back players who won’t need to. So who will win this one? Let’s have a look and see.
To Win Outright
Jason Day 14/1
Jimmy Walker 14/1
Hideki Matsuyama 20/1
Justin Rose 22/1
Brandt Snedeker (28/1 a win, 62/10 a place)
Apart from Tiger Woods, who you may want to have a small bet on just because he’s available at 50/1, and Phil Mickelson, who’s not playing great at the moment, no-one has fared as well on this course as Snedeker. A previous winner of the tournament, he backs that course form up with two second-places. He also arrives in good form and based on that has to be backed at 28/1 this week.
Dustin Johnson (35/1 a win, 77/10 a place)
Dustin Johnson will be looking to make a splash as he arrives back after a six month hiatus and what better way to do it than in a tournament that everyone knows is incredibly difficult to win. He’s been quoted as saying that he really enjoys the South Course, something few players would be brave enough to place on record, and his record here proves that. The course will definitely suit his big-hitting game and although it may take a while for him to shake the rust, I’m hoping he comes out swinging. Each way is the bet for me.
Marc Leishman (45/1 a win, 99/10 a place)
For most of his life Marc Leishman has had to deal with the tragic fact that his parent spelt his name wrong but he’s overcome that difficulty and really made something of himself. Clearly overcoming such difficulties has given him strength of character and nowhere has that been more evident than at the challenging Torrey Pines. On a course where most people falter, he has excelled and over the years he’s managed two second-place finishes. Marc is a great driver of the ball and he could be a diamond in the rough this week.
Jimmy Walker (14/1 a win, 3/1 a place)
Jimmy Walker never looked like he had what it took to become a golfing superstar but over the past few months he’s really come into his own and is now considered to be one of the best on the Tour. These days he’s playing more consistently than most and already has a win and second-place finish to his name this season. On a course that he’s fared well on in the past I wouldn’t be surprised if he wins again this week.