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2017 Farmers Insurance Open

Yahoo Expert Fantasy Golf Advice & Predictions

Previous Farmers Insurance Open champions include:

  • Brandt Snedeker (2016)
  • Jason Day (2015)
  • Scott Stallings (2014)
  • Tiger Woods (2013)
  • Brandt Snedeker (2012)
  • Bubba Watson (2011)
  • Ben Crane (2010)
  • Nick Watney (2009)
  • Tiger Woods (2008)
  • Tiger Woods (2007)

Torrey Pines near San Diego, California, will host the Farmers Insurance Open for the 50th time. The South Course (which hosted the 2008 US Open that Tiger Woods won) is a par 72, 7,698 yard test and the more difficult of the two Torrey Pines courses. The North Course is a par 72, 7,052 yard track that typically plays several strokes lower than the South Course, so if the tee times fall appropriately, start the players on the North Course the first two days before it moves to the South Course for the weekend.




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YAHOO “GROUP A” PICKS

Player
Recent Finishes
Tourn. Hist.
Comments
(A1) Dustin Johnson (2) Abu Dhabi HSBC
(6) SBS Tourn of Champ
(3) Hero World Challenge
(35) WGC HSBC Champions
(18) 2016
MC 2015
(51) 2013
(43) 2012
(3) 2011
MC 2010
Dustin is our favorite this week. His hot play continued in the desert (Abu Dhabi) with a 2nd place finish after a poor first round. Will the time difference cause any problems? Perhaps, but Rickie is a potential sub for him and he’s experiencing the same thing. Mediocre history here but he’s a new golfer and this is a new year. He’s the #1 course fit, which involves driving distance, going for it distance, and approaches greater than 200 yards. The one thing to note this week is that the North course plays 2.5 strokes easier than the South course, so if you can find an adequate 1-2 punch in Group A that can take advantage of that differential without sacrificing overall lineup quality, do it. You’re really only getting a 5 pt potential advantage but when you do that for Groups A, B, and C, that could be 40 points in all over two rounds.
(A2) Jason Day (12) SBS Tourn of Champ
WD TOUR Champ
WD BMW Champ
(15) Deutsche Bank
MC 2016
(1) 2015
(2) 2014
(9) 2013
MC 2010
(35) 2009
Jason Day had a medicore TOC a few weeks ago but showed he was healthy enough to complete a tournament which is a good thing. Former champion here with a 2nd and a 9th before that. He’s the #2 course fit this week. We suspect the tour will stick DJ and Day on the same rotation, so we’ll at least consider looking elsewhere for a complement to DJ. Group A may be the one group to not do that in (depending on the rotation). Stay tuned to our daily selections page for more info on Wednesday.
(A3) Rickie Fowler (36) Abu Dhabi HSBC
(3) Hero World Challenge
(6) WGC HSBC Champions
(59) BMW Champ
MC 2016
(61) 2015
MC 2014
(6) 2013
(13) 2012
(20) 2011
Rickie’s only negative is that he’s inconsistent from week-to-week. Strong fit this week and has an okay track record here, but he still needs to show he’s in top form (36th at Abu Dhabi is just okay). He did finish 2016 nicely but the only reason to go with him here might be the rotation. We’ll see.
(A4) Gary Woodland (6) Sony Open in Hawaii
(2) OHL Classic
(47) WGC HSBC Champions
(56) CIMB Classic
(18) 2016
(45) 2015
(10) 2014
(27) 2013
MC 2012
(58) 2011
Woodland found some nice form in Hawaii and has four respectable finishes here though the best was 10th a few years ago. He’s a decent course fit and should play well this week. He and Steele are two options that could potentially end up in the other end of the rotation, especially if you don’t want to waste both a DJ and a Day start just to try to take advantage of the North course, rotation depending. He may actually jump Rickie on Wednesday when we set our team.
(A5) Brendan Steele (6) CareerBuilder Challenge
(6) SBS Tourn of Champ
(31) Shriners Hospitals Open
(26) CIMB Classic
(49) 2016
(45) 2015
(28) 2014
(27) 2013
MC 2012
(17) 2011
Steele has some nice measurables heading into Torrey Pines. He’s got back-to-back 6th place finishes and a strong end to 2016. He’s been trending the wrong way at Torrey but we expect that to turn around this week. #25 course fit is solid.
Other options include: (A6) Marc Leishman, (A7) Shane Lowry, and (A8) Louis Oosthuizen.
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YAHOO “GROUP B” PICKS

Player
Recent Finishes
Tourn. Hist.
Comments
(B1) Hideki Matsuyama (27) Sony Open in Hawaii
(2) SBS Tourn of Champ
(1) Hero World Challenge
(1) WGC HSBC Champions
MC 2016
MC 2015
(16) 2014


27th at Sony was more due to course fit and the eventual bad tournament. His streak of 1st and 2nds was bound to end sometime. Still the hottest golfer in the field by our standards but he hasn’t done much here yet. 16th in his first effort was solid and last year’s missed cut was the wind swept event, so we’ll give him a pass there. 10th ranked course fit means he should pick back up where he left off and probably get another top 10. We saved him at Sony (by not putting him in our lineup) and can use that this week if all goes right.
(B2) Justin Rose (2) Sony Open in Hawaii
(36) Hong Kong Open
WD Hero World Challenge
(24) BMW Champ
MC 2016
MC 2015
(33) 2012
(25) 2011
(22) 2010
Rose found some religion at the Sony after being lost in the fantasy desert since mid-year (Rio doesn?t count). He’s been so-so here, but his course fit is solid at both courses, so we expect to use him this week, at least on the North course.
(B3) Phil Mickelson (21) CareerBuilder Challenge
(8) Safeway Open
(22) TOUR Champ
(24) BMW Champ
MC 2016
MC 2015
MC 2014
(51) 2013
MC 2012
(2) 2011
It’s been a while since Phil played well here, but we’ll most likely have him in our lineup as a North course plugin, if the rotation allows. Better form recently could make him dangerous but he was a little erratic at the CareerBuilder and he can’t afford that on the South course this week.
(B4) Charles Howell III (12) CareerBuilder Challenge
(8) Sony Open in Hawaii
(13) RSM Classic
(7) OHL Classic
(16) 2016
(5) 2015
(37) 2014
(9) 2013
(43) 2012
(14) 2011
4th hottest player recently but as you saw last week, he can really rake in those top 10s and 20s, but he hasn’t been good enough in his career to pull home the victories. He should have 5-10 victories by now given his talent. This is another tournament where he’s played consistently well over the years and deserves a spot in your lineup.
(B5) Hudson Swafford (1) CareerBuilder Challenge
(13) Sony Open in Hawaii
(36) RSM Classic
(46) OHL Classic
(13) 2016
MC 2015
MC 2014


After heading into Sunday at the Sony with a chance and fading, he pulled off his first victory at the CB. He’s hitting the ball well and did finish 13th here last year. Couple that with a #4 course fit, and you have another potential good finish for Hudson though the field just got a bit stronger this week. He’s someone to consider based on the rotation though he’s actually a stronger fit on the South course than the North Course, which could make him slightly less useful. Note: he’s not bad on either.
(B6) Brandt Snedeker MC Sony Open in Hawaii
(14) SBS Tourn of Champ
(6) Hero World Challenge
MC Australian PGA
(1) 2016
(19) 2015
MC 2014
(2) 2013
(1) 2012
(9) 2011
Two victories and two 2nd place finishes here which makes him someone to stash on your bench this week but his recent form has been poor and it will take a serious effort to turn that around. An amazing final round in a crazy wind storm last year netted him the victory over a fading Walker, but can lightning strike twice? Recent performance says it’s unlikely.
(B7) Francesco Molinari (12) CareerBuilder Challenge
(4) DP World Tour Champ
(4) Shriners Hospitals Open
(6) WGC HSBC Champions
MC 2016




Molinari head faked us into thinking he wasn’t good at the Stadium Course last week, but with all those points resting on our bench on Sunday, we would say this week isn’t a great fit for him regardless of course. He is the 2nd hottest player in the field but he’ll have an uphill climb to stay hot against a field much better suited to tackle Torrey than Francesco. Walker and Casey are two guys worth exploring if you just don’t feel comfortable with the other options.
Other options include: (B8) Adam Hadwin, (B9) Jimmy Walker, and (B10) Lucas Glover.
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YAHOO “GROUP C” PICKS

Player
Recent Finishes
Tourn. Hist.
Comments
(C1) Brooks Koepka (13) Hero World Challenge
(2) Shriners Hospitals Open
(40) WGC HSBC Champions
(32) BMW Champ
(41) 2015




Brooks has been spotty recently as well. 13th at the Hero is nothing to brag about in a field of 18 players. Ask Grillo. 2nd at the Shriners was a nice touch and he’s the #3 course fit this week, so there his hope. He’s actually a nice fit on both courses, so he’s an optimal player to pair with someone else on the other rotation.
(C2) Martin Laird (9) CareerBuilder Challenge
(13) OHL Classic
(27) Shriners Hospitals Open
(8) Safeway Open
(8) 2016
(7) 2015
(37) 2014
(60) 2013
MC 2011
(27) 2010
6th hottest player in the field – surprising but he had a nice fall and placed a quiet 9th place at the CB last week. We barely heard mention of him. Nice form plus a 7th and 8th place here the last two years gives some hope. He’s also the #7 course fit with strong fits in all top 5 categories this week – no seriously, if you look at his charts, this course matches 5 of his 7 highest bars which is a bit obscene given how low he is on the ones not factoring in this week. He’s not great but he’s good and just so happens to fit well here. He’s a stronger fit on the South than the North so he may not end up being a part of our Group C coalition.
(C3) Daniel Berger (45) Sony Open in Hawaii
(14) SBS Tourn of Champ
(2) WGC HSBC Champions
(51) CIMB Classic
MC 2016
(24) 2015



Berger disappointed at Sony but had shown a little promise in spurts. He’s streaky and he did get 24th here in his first attempt though followed that up with a MC last year. #14 course fit is strong and he is a really good fit on the North course, so if Koepka is off rotation, that’s our team. If not, it could be Koepka/Laird.
(C4) Tony Finau (20) Sony Open in Hawaii
(9) SBS Tourn of Champ
MC OHL Classic
(41) Shriners Hospitals Open
(18) 2016
(24) 2015



We’ve been slow to appricate Finau’s game, but we’re coming around. Though, when you adjust the TOC for field size, he really hasn’t placed better than 20th in over 4 months. Two solid finishes here make him worth a gamble as he’s playing fairly well and these courses fit his game.
(C5) J.B. Holmes (11) Hero World Challenge
(35) WGC HSBC Champions
(27) TOUR Champ
(4) BMW Champ
(6) 2016
(2) 2015
(23) 2014
MC 2013
MC 2012
(63) 2011
J.B. has been off-form since his 4th at the BMW Championship. 27th out of 30 at the Tour Champ and 11th out of 18 at the Hero are not good. 35th at HSBC is okay. That said, Torrey suits him and he has a 2nd and 6th to show for it the past two years – not bad at all. Tiger is back this week but he needs to prove it before we choose him. He’ll have his chances over the coming weeks at courses he likes.
Other options include: (C6) Keegan Bradley, (C7) Byeong-Hun An, and (C8) Tiger Woods.

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