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Farmers Insurance Open: Expert Picks

Trusting in Snedeker to shine again

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Tournament Information:

Farmers Insurance Open

Date: January 25th – 28th

Course: Torrey Pines Golf Course

Purse - $6.9MM

FedEx points – 500 to winner

2017 Winner: Jon Rahm (-13)

Course: Torrey Pines -€Created in 1957 by William F Bell and redesigned by Rees Jones in 2001, this 7,600 course (longest on PGA tour) runs right along the Pacific Ocean. They host canyons and thick grass along the perimeter, given the longevity, they require a long shot off the tee and while they are fairly open for the more inaccurate tee shots, there are traps placed throughout to trip up the golfers not prepared. The greens can run into the ocean and it’s best to fall short.

6 Golfers who I think would do well at the CareerBuilder Challenge

My Starting 4:

Martin Laird – Not the best start to this season (two missed cuts in four starts and no top 10 finishes) but he has a real good track record at Torrey Pines – 7th in 2015 and 8th in 2016. I have faith he will come in and turn some heads this week. 6th in strokes gained around the green.

Brandt Snedeker – one of my favorite golfers, he has dipped a bit over the last two years but one thing remains constant – his finishes at the Farmers Insurance Open. Over the last 3 years he is one of two golfers to finish in the top 20 each year (19th, 1st, 9th). His start to this season has been ok – two top 30 finishes and one missed cut. 18th in strokes gained putting this season.

Charles Howell III – Remember when I said Brandt was one of two golfers with top 20 finishes here over the last 3 years? Well Charles is the other with a 5th place, 16thplace and 2nd place finish last year. He has a respectable campaign with just one missed cut in 7 tournaments so far this season. 2nd on the tour in strokes gained around the green.

Tony Finau – He gets better each year at Farmers Insurance Open. 24th in 2015; 18th in 2016 and 4th last year, perhaps this means he wins this year? He has made the cut in each start this year and has 4 top 20 finishes in 6 events. 8th on the tour in strokes gained approaching the green.

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My Bench 2:

Michael Thompson. He finished 11th here in 2015 and 14th here last year. He has a missed cut and a 20th place finish so far this year. It’s a longer shot but he could be a sleeper.

Jhonattan Vegas – He is running the inverse direction of Tony – he finished 11th here in 2015, 18th in 2016 and 28th in 2017. That is still a strong record of finishes at Torrey Pines. He has made the cut in all 6 starts including back to back top 15 finishes at Sentry Tournament of Champions and the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Poll

Which golfer will do the best at the Farmers Insurance?

This poll is closed

  • 18%
    Dustin Johnson
    (3 votes)
  • 12%
    Rickie Fowler
    (2 votes)
  • 31%
    Brandt Snedeker
    (5 votes)
  • 37%
    Charles Howell III
    (6 votes)
16 votes total Vote Now

2017 Stats

Starting 4: Avg finish 27th (25th percentile)

Bench 2: Avg finish 23rd (20th percentile)