Golf betting tips: Preview and tips for the 2022 Farmers Insurance Open
The Farmers Insurance Open is played in San Diego, California and forms part of the early season West Coast Swing. Since 1968, both the North and South Courses at Torrey Pines have co-hosted the tournament.
Both courses were designed by Billy Bell Jr. and were opened in 1957. The South Course was extensively revamped in 2001 by the ‘Open Doctor’ Rees Jones and hosted the 2008 and 2021 US Opens.
This year’s Farmer’s Insurance Open will be played Wednesday through Saturday to accommodate an action-packed sports weekend. Both conference championship games in the NFL are scheduled to be played on the Sunday.
The field will play the North Course in the first or second round before the South Course takes over for the final 36 holes.
Torrey Pines North Course
The North Course underwent a $12.6 million revamp by Tom Weiskopf in 2016. The project included several infrastructure elements, including new irrigation and pumping systems. All the tee boxes and greens were replaced.
The greens were enlarged by 20-30 percent, the number of bunkers reduced with many of them relocated or reconfigured. A new set of tees was added for the Par 72 course which now measures 7,258 yards for the pros.
Torrey Pines South Course
Prior to 2020 Farmer’s Insurance Open, architect Rees Jones returned to tweak the South Course in preparation for the 2021 US Open. The renovations included;
- Replacing the course’s irrigation system, changing pipework and installing more than 2,000 computer-operated sprinkler heads
- Fairway bunkers added throughout the course
- Some fairways narrowed to intimidate long hitters
- Some holes were lengthened increasing the overall course length to 7.765 yards
- Tightly mowed collection areas near greens were added or expanded
The lowest scoring averages belong to Torrey North which is over 450 yards shorter than the 7,700 yard South Course. Players must go low on the North Course if they want to contend.
The South Course is all about course management and at nearly 7,700 yards, players will need to be dialed in with their long irons.
Torrey Pines is one of three venues, along with Bay Hill and Firestone, on which Tiger Woods has won eight times on Tour. Woods is a seven time winner of the Farmers Insurance Open (formerly known as the Buick Invitational) including four in a row from 2005 to 2008. He also claimed the 2008 US Open at Torrey defeating Rocco Mediate on the first hole of sudden-death, following an 18-hole Monday playoff.
Winners of the Farmers Insurance Open tend to have a touch of class about them and are either multiple Tour winners or Major winners.
2021 Farmers Insurance Open | Patrick Reed
Last year, Patrick Reed captured his 9th PGA Tour title by winning the Farmers Insurance Open. He closed with a final round -4 (68) for a tournament total of -14 (274). It was enough to finish 5 strokes clear of a group of 5 players which included Xander Schauffele and Tony Finau.
However, Captain America’s victory was not without its controversy. On the 10th hole during his third round, he declared an embedded lie in the rough despite his ball bouncing to that spot.
Greenside is where all the magic happened for Reed. He finished 1st in Strokes Gained Around-The-Green and 10th in Strokes Gained Putting. Combined, this equated to a gain of 8.382 strokes or over 80% of his overall gain for the tournament. Other stats include T87 for Driving Distance, T13 for Driving Accuracy, T89 in GIR and 3rd in Putts per GIR.
2020 Farmers Insurance Open | Marc Leishman
In 2020, Marc Leishman birdied the final hole for a -7 (65) to win the Farmers Insurance Open. He edged out former champion, Jon Rahm, by one stroke finishing on a score of -15 (273) for the week.
”If I wasn’t to win, I didn’t want it to be because of me, I wanted it to be because someone made a run, which Jon did. I’m just lucky that he didn’t do it a hole earlier”Marc Leishman
The Aussie’s putting was the key to the victory. He topped the pile in the Strokes Gained Putting category which translated to a gain of just over 8 strokes on the field average. His approach play was also dialled in finishing 5th for Strokes Gained Approach-The-Green. Other stats for the week include T58 for Driving Accuracy, 34th for Driving Distance, T14 for GIR and T4 for Putts per GIR.
2019 Farmers Insurance Open | Justin Rose
The 2019 champion, Justin Rose, overcame a shaky start to his final round with three bogeys in five holes to shoot a -3 (69). He held off a charging Adam Scott by two strokes, finishing on a total -21 (267) which is the lowest winning score in 20 years.
“When you’ve beat a class field on a great venue that satisfies you as a player. It’s a win and a half mentally”Justin Rose
From a European perspective, it was JR’s 10th PGA Tour victory, one more than Sir Nick Faldo and Seve Ballesteros. Only Sergio Garcia (11 wins) and Rory McIlroy (20 wins) have more victories.
Tee-to-green and in particular on approach is where it all happened for the Englishman. He finished 2nd in the Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green category gaining an impressive 9.342 strokes on the field average for the three rounds played at Torrey South. Other stats for the week include T8 for Driving Accuracy, 11th for Driving Distance, T2 for GIR and 28th in Strokes Gained Putting
2018 Farmers Insurance Open | Jason day
In 2018, Jason Day emerged victorious after a tense 6-hole playoff battle with Alex Noren and Ryan Palmer which saw a Monday finish. It was the Australian’s 11th win on Tour and 2nd Farmers Insurance Open title having won here in 2015.
“It’s special because I worked very hard in the off-season to get back into this position. I’m very thankful for my whole team.”Jason Day
Over 50% of his strokes gained came from his play off the tee. He ranked 8th in the Strokes Gained Off-The-Tee and surprisingly had a negative gain in the Strokes Gained Approach-The-Green category. Day finished the week T26 for Driving Accuracy, 2nd for Driving Distance, T11 for GIR and 31st in Strokes Gained Putting.
2017 Farmers Insurance Open | Jon Rahm
In 2017, Jon Rahm made two eagles over the final six holes on his way to capturing his first PGA Tour victory. Rahm, who turned 22 the November previous, beat Phil Mickelson’s record as the youngest champion at the tournament.
Rahm delivered a ball-striking master-class on his way to victory topping the field for Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green. For the three rounds played on the South Course he gained a mouth-watering 9.5 strokes on the field average. He finished the week T19 for Driving Accuracy, 16th for Driving Distance, T12 for GIR and a modest 37th in Strokes Gained Putting.
2016 Farmers Insurance Open | Brandt Snedeker
The 2016 champion, Brandt Snedeker, captured the title on a Monday finish due to horrendous weather conditions. He won with -6(282) which is the highest winning score at Torrey Pines in the recent past. To highlight the impact that the weather had, there were 23 scores in the 80s in the final round. Snedeker ranked 47th in Driving Distance, T57 in Driving Accuracy, T14 for GIR and 4th in Putts per GIR. He also finished the week T9 for Birdies shooting 16 in total.
2015 Farmers Insurance Open | Jason Day
In 2015 Jason Day prevailed in a playoff with J.B. Holmes, Harris English and Scott Stallings to win his third PGA Tour title. He finished the week 1st for Driving Distance and T8 for both GIR and Scrambling. He finished 34th in Strokes Gained Putting which highlights the fact that you don’t necessarily need a red-hot putter to get the job done around Torrey Pines.
Farmers Insurance Open Tips
Xander Schauffele 16/1 (E/W) – the San Diego native has had mixed results at Torrey, the highlight being a T2 in last year’s edition of the tournament. His last outing was in the Sentry TOC where he finished T12 on a score of -22 (270). Statistically well-balanced, he places 20th in this week’s Stats Analysis. There is a justified expectation for more from the Olympic gold medalist. The local native should be fresh and well rested to avenge last year’s close call. With his talent, he is hard to ignore considering course and field depth.
Tony Finau 28/1 (E/W) – his form around Torrey Pines is impressive to say the least, with his last five results reading T4-T6-T13-T6-T2. A T14 in the Sentry TOC was followed by a ‘battling‘ T40 in last week’s American Express. For the two rounds on the TPC Stadium Course he was 12th in Strokes Gained Off-The-Tee, 13th for Strokes Gained Approach and a noteworthy 16th in Strokes Gained Putting. Statistically uninspiring this season, his performance on the Pete Dye Stadium Course is reason enough for positivity. His length off the tee will be a plus around Torrey. Perfect week for the 32 year old to set his season alight. Horses for courses pick.
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