2017 Farmers Insurance Open Golf Tips And Preview

2017 Farmers Insurance Open Golf Tips And Preview

by 23rd January 2017

Our golf tips on the PGA Tour this week come from the Farmers Insurance Open. The Farmers is one of the most recognisable and popular events on the PGA Tour, and is played in San Diego, California which makes for comfortable playing conditions in these winter months.

2017 Farmers Insurance Open Golf Preview

Venue & Prize Fund at the Farmers Insurance Open
Torrey Pines GC (South), San Diego, CA • Purse: $6,700,000

The tournament is a well-noted name in the early part of the season that is known as the “West Coast Swing” apart from having singer-actor Andy Williams as the celebrity host from 1968-88. The tournament started in 1952 when it opened as the “San Diego Open”. The name stuck through till 1985 which was when the title sponsors were added to the tournament name. It was in 2010 that Farmers Insurance got associated with this prestigious tournament.

Just like the name, even the courses on which the tournament is played kept changing over the years. It was initially played at the San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista although only for a period of two years. After swinging between different courses, the tournament started its current relationship with Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla in 1968. The current set-up is such that the players split the first 36 holes between the north and south courses and then play the final 36 holes on the south course.

The south course measures 7, 698 yards and plays to a par-score of 72. The course was opened in 1957 and was designed by William Bell, meanders along cliffs fronting the Pacific Ocean. It was upgraded in 2001 by Rees Jones and even hosted the 2008 U.S. Open. The north course measures a little shorter at 7, 258 yards and has a par-score of 72 which was redesigned recently by Tom Weiskopf.

A look at the winners’ board reveals some of the illustrious names that have won this tournament in the past. Tiger Woods – who is pencilled for a return this week – is a seven-time winner here, the most recent one being in 2013. Phil Mickelson is the next closest with three wins of his own while a set of six players are tied next with two wins each – including the defending champion Brandt Snedeker. It is also important to note the fact that only three non-American players to have won the title in the past – Jason Day (Australia, in 2015), Jose Maria Olazabal (Spain, in 2002) and Gary Player (South Africa, in 1963).

This year’s big attraction will undoubtedly be Woods, who returns for his first PGA Tour start in more than 19 months. Woods did tee off at the Hero World Challenge last month as one of the 18 invitees finishing 15th. He will be joined by world number one Day, who will hope to recreate his winning run from 2015. Dustin Johnson is another recognisable name who includes nine players among the world’s top 25 competing here this week.

It would be an exciting event nevertheless considering the tough competition on offer and the challenge of mastering both courses. Only once in the past 13 years did the 54-hole leader win the title. The last one to do so was – surprise, surprise – Woods! Can he break the rut at a course he favours?

Golf Tips For The 2017 Farmers Insurance Open

It’s a top quality field assembled at the Farmers this week and as such the betting is wide open with Jason Day heading the market at 13/2. Last year’s winner Brandt Snedeker can be backed at odds of 22/1, but he won in remarkable conditions last year when he shot as final round 69 in awful weather to shoot through the field as everyone else was shooting 70+. His odds are too short this week and we begin our golf tips with the Japanese player Hideki Matsuyama. What a year he is having with his last six events producing five top six positions, which include two wins. He sits second only behind the outstanding Justin Thomas in the FedEx Cup standings. He did have an off week in the Sony Open, but we are confident that was just a blip and he should be backed at two points each way at odds of 11/1 with Paddypower (7 places).

Four our second tip we are going to stick with the Italian Francesco Molinari, we put him up last week and after a slow start he put in two excellent rounds over the weekend to finish T12. That followed three top sixes in his previous three tournaments. At odds of 66/1 with Paddypower he must be backed two points each way.

Our final tip also played well last week at the CareerBuilders, and after a host of missed cuts he came good to finish T3 behind the very impressive Hudson Swafford. Bud Cauley showed what he is all about with some impressive iron play on the difficult South course. If his putting was just 10% better he could of pulled off the win. Cauley is a top priced 125/1 and we will be backing one point each way.

Hideki Matsuyama
best odds @ 11/1 with Paddypower

Francesco Molinari
best odds @ 66/1 with Paddypower

Bud Cauley
best odds @ 125/1 with Paddypower

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Betting odds for the Farmers Insurance Open

Jason Day 13/2
Dustin Johnson 8/1
Hideki Matsuyama 11/1
Brandt Snedeker 22/1
Brooks Koepka 22/1
Justin Rose 25/1
Rickie Fowler 25/1
Jimmy Walker 25/1
Phil Mickelson 28/1
Tiger Woods 28/1
Paul Casey 28/1
Daniel Berger 40/1
J B Holmes 50/1
Jon Rahm 50/1
Louis Oosthuizen 50/1
Byeong Hun An 50/1
Kevin Chappell 50/1
Billy Horschel 50/1
Tony Finau 50/1
Charles Howell III 50/1

66/1 bar – All prices are from Paddypower and are subject to change – Each Way 1/5 odds 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

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