Farmers Insurance Open
Farmers Insurance Open
The best golfers in the world will descend on Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California, this week for the Farmers Insurance Open. When the tournament began back in 1952, it was known as the San Diego Open. Title sponsors were not added to the mix until 1981 starting with Wickes followed by Isuzu (1983), Shearson Lehman Brothers (1986), and Buick (1992).
Farmers Insurance has been the title sponsor since 2010.
With the slate of talent that is scheduled to play it will be challenging for daily fantasy players to set their lineups this week. But there is one guy that will be hard to ignore—Tiger Woods.
First— how about a little information about the courses and weather?
The Torrey Pines Golf Course is a 36-hole municipal public course owned by the City of San Diego and located in La Jolla, California. Both the North (7,258 yards) and South (7,698 yards) courses are used in the first two rounds. But the final two are played on the South.
William F. Bell designed both courses. The South course was redesigned by Rees Jones in 2001, and the North by Tom Weiskopf in 2016.
As for the weather, it is expected to be sunny and clear on three of the four days (Friday is partly cloudy) with temperatures ranging from the mid-50s to mid-60s. There is a slight chance of rain on Thursday (20 percent) and Friday (10 percent), but none is expected over the weekend.
Winds will start out a little strong on Thursday (14 MPH WNW) but will dip down to 8 MPH (N) on Saturday and 9 MPH (NNE) on Sunday.
As much as you may want to ignore Tiger Woods because of his struggles and injury history in recent years, he is choosing the Farmers Open to make his return for a reason. He has won at Torrey Pines nine times, seven at the Farmers Open.
The most recent was back in 2013, but he also won in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008. He also set the tournament record (266) the first time he won it back in 1999. But he missed the cut last year after hitting 76 and 72 in the first two rounds.
But while is past is nice, his recent history can’t be ignored. However, he’s been off for over a year and should be as healthy as he’s been in years. He wants his return to go smoothly, which is why he decided to return at a course where he’s done some of his best work.
As long as he doesn’t cost too much, it may be hard to leave him off your roster.
Some other players worth considering include:
Jon Rahm: He won it last year and has been playing incredibly well whenever he steps on the course in recent weeks. He took second at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii earlier this month and won the CareerBuilder Challenge last weekend. So, he comes in with a hot hand to a tournament he won just last year.
Jason Day: He is making his first start of the calendar year and will be looking to put his last start out of mind as quickly as possible (hit a 73 on the final day and knocked himself out of first place). He missed the cut the last two years, but he won it in 2015.
Brandt Snedeker: He doesn’t enter the tournament playing his best; he missed the cut at the CareerBuilder Challenge last weekend. But he does have a really good history at Torrey Pines. Last year he placed ninth at the Farmers Insurance Open. The year before that he won the tournament for the second time.
Andrew Landry: After losing a playoff to Jon Rahm at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Landry is likely going to head to Torrey Pines with visions of taking Rahm down this time. However, the only time he’s played in the Farmers Open (2016) he failed to make the cut.
Hideki Matsuyama: As one of the top ten golfers in the world he will likely garner a fair amount of attention from daily fantasy players. But Matsuyama did not play especially well there last year (tied 33) and failed to make the cut the previous two years. However, he did play well his last time out (Tournament of Champions; tied for fourth). So, buyer beware.
Rickie Fowler: Like Matsuyama, he is a ‘buyer beware’ option. Like Matsuyama, he is ranked inside the top ten in the world and played well his last time out (Tournament of Champions; tied for fourth). But he failed to make the cut in three of the last four years at the Farmers Insurance Open.
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