Playing on a single course in the PGA Tour is tough, but things get even trickier when a tournament is held over a pair of different courses. That is what the 156 players at the PGA Farmers Insurance Open will be up against this coming weekend in La Jolla, California. The event will be held at iconic Torrey Pines, with each player having to play on both the North and South courses over the first 2 days. When the weekend arrives, the field will be cut to the top 70 players and ties, with the final 36 holes being played on the South Course. It’s a strong field of players that will be playing at this event, and there are sure to be a lot of eyes on Tiger Woods. Let’s take a look at some of the potential favorites for the PGA Farmers Insurance Open, which runs from January 25 to 28.
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There was no player on the PGA Tour hotter than Jon Rahm at the end of last season, and it looks as though that form is going to carry on over into 2018. The Spaniard won the CareerBuilder Challenge last weekend and also has a second-place finish under his belt in the early part of the year, His success last weekend may serve him well here, as the event that he won was one that took place over 3 different courses. It doesn’t seem to matter what type, of course, you put this man on, he is just going to excel and finish at or near the top.
Fowler has seen his 2018 season got off to a fantastic start, as he has already picked up a pair of top 5 finishes, including finishing second at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Those recent successes have seen Fowler move all the way up to #7 in the world rankings, and while he does not have a ton of victories on the tour, he does always seem to be in a position to win in any event that he enters. He is certainly one to consider if you are looking at picking a golfer to finish top 5.
The Englishman certainly seems to know the route to the top of the leaderboard, as he has picked up 8 PGA Tour wins and 11 more international event wins over the course of his career. The 2018 season has already seen Rose get off to a winning start, as he came out on top at the World Golf Championships earlier this season. His career best is 2 wins in a single season, and he will be looking to match that number with a win this coming weekend.
The Japanese superstar is coming off the best season of his career, as he picked up 2 tour wins in 2017. He has yet to get a victory this season but has signaled his intent with a pair of top 10 finishes in the early going. Matsuyama is now ranked #5 in the world, and his current form suggests that he could be in with a shot at his first win of the year, albeit against a very tough field.
Tiger Woods is not that far off the betting odds favorites in this tournament, and his earlier appearance this season suggests that he might be rounding back into some sort of form. He may be worth a look at a very decent price.