2018 Farmers Insurance Open

Fantasy Golf Picks and Betting Odds for the 2018 Farmers Insurance Open

THE OVERVIEW

Torrey Pines Golf Course, La Jolla, California – This week in La Jolla, the PGA will be playing both the North and the South Course at legendary Torrey Pines. The par-72 South Course will be played three of the four rounds and measures an impressive 7,698 yards. It is a bombers track and accuracy off the tee will also be important due to the penalizing rough. The North Course, a 7,258-yard par 72, will be played by each player once on either Thursday or Friday, and usually plays around 3 strokes easier than its counterpart.

The big news this week is the presence of Tiger back at Torrey Pines, where he has won EIGHT  PGA events, including a U.S. Open on one leg. However, it seems doubtful that El Tigre will be factoring into our picks this week.

Some stats to consider this week: Driving Accuracy, Driving Distance (less important than accuracy), Par-5 scoring, SG Tee-to-Green.

 

PAST WINNERS

2017  – 13   Jon Rahm   (Runners Up:  -10   Charles Howell III, C.T. Pan)

2016  – 6   Brandt Snedeker   (Runner Up:  -5   K.J. Choi)

2015  – 9   Jason Day   (Runners Up, Playoff:   Harris English, J.B. Holmes, Scott Stallings)

2014  – 9   Scott Stallings   (Runners Up:  -8   K.J. Choi, Jason Day, Graham DeLaet, Marc Leishman, Pat Perez)

2013  – 14   Tiger Woods  (Runners Up:   -10   Brandt Snedeker, Josh Teater)

THE ODDS    (Bovada 1/22/2018)

John Rahm  +800

Rickie Fowler  +1200

Hideki Matsuyama  +1600

Justin Rose  +1600

Jason Day  +2200

Marc Leishman  +2200

Tiger Woods  +2200

Brian Harman  +2800

Brandt Snedeker  +3300

Tony Finau  +3300

Patrick Cantlay  +3500

Bud Cauley  +3500

Cameron Smith  +4000

Charles Howell III  +4000

Ollie Schniederjans  +4500

Phil Mickelson  +4500

Gary Woodland  +5000

Patrick Reed  +5000

Shane Lowry  +5000

Johnattan Vegas  +5500

Kyle Stanley  +5500

 

WHO’S HOT

Jon Rahm

Brian Harman

Rickie Fowler

Patrick Cantlay

James Hahn

Adam Hadwin

Jhonattan Vegas

 

HORSES FOR THE COURSE

Jon Rahm

Tony Finau

Jason Day

Charles Howell III

Shane Lowry

J.J. Spaun

 

LONGER SHOTS

Xander Schauffele  +5500

Adam Hadwin  +6600

Brendan Steele  +6600

J.B. Holmes  +7000

Russell Knox  +7000

James Hahn  +8000

Kevin Streelman  +8000

Peter Uihlein  +8000

J.J. Spaun  +9000

Andrew Landry  +10000

Brandon Harkins  +10000

Bryson DeChambeau  +10000

Chesson Hadley  +10000

Jamie Lovemark  +10000

Aaron Wise  +12500

Luke List  +17500

Sung Kang  +17500

Nick Taylor  +20000

Sean O’Hair  +20000

 

FAITHFULS

Rickie Fowler

Jason Day

Marc Leishman

Francesco Molinari

Phil Mickelson

 

THE ‘FORE’ SOMES

‘FORE’ SOMES are chosen by selecting one player from a “low tier” betting pool (30:1 or better), two players from a “mid tier” (30:1 – 75:1), and a final player from a “high tier” (75:1 & up).  

KEITH’S ‘FORE’ SOME 

Jason Day  (22:1).  Can’t go chalk with Rahm. Gonna ride Day. Pure gut play.

Patrick Cantlay (35:1) & Jhonattan Vegas  (55:1).   Cantlay checks a lot of boxes this week. His recent form is strong in Driving Distance, Strokes Gained Against the Field, and Birdie or Better Percentage. A win in Las Vegas as well as two top 15’s in Hawaii and China point to the beginning of a monster year for the young pro out of UCLA  (also my OAD pick this week).  Vegas has quietly gathered three straight top 20’s and is showing some excellent form as of late. He’s among the top eagle leaders in this young season which means the longer tracks play to his advantage. Currently 37th on the OWGR and climbing.  (Really tough to pass on Schniederjans and Stanley in this range. Both playing very well at the moment).

Peter Uihlein  (80:1).  I wanted to make the case for Landry. In the end, I fell on Uihlein. So much to like about the young American who gained some stripes on the Euro Tour. Long off the tee. Not thrown by tough tracks or tough fields.

 

JOHN’S ‘FORE’ SOME 

Hideki Matsuyama  (16:1)

Brian Harman  (33:1)

Francesco Molinari  (66:1)

Julian Suri  (150:1)

 

GAVIN’S ‘FORE’ SOME 

Jason Day  (22:1)

Cameron Smith  (50:1)

Ollie Schniederjans  (40:1)

J.J. Spaun  (100:1)

 

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