Farmers Insurance Open betting tips & predictions – 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 Rees Jones and hosted the 2008 US Open. The field will play the North Course in the first or second round before the South Course takes over for the final 36 holes.
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.
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.
Tiger Woods makes his 2020 calender debut at this week’s Farmers Insurance Open. It will be Tiger’s first shot at securing a record setting 83rd PGA Tour victory. He tied Sam Snead at the top of the all-time PGA Tour wins list when he emerged victorious at the ZOZO Championship in October.
Tiger’s history at Torrey Pines is impressive to say the least. He has won eight times at Torrey including four in a row from 2005 to 2008. It is also where Tiger won the 2008 US Open.
Winners of the Farmers Insurance Open tend to have a touch of class about them and are either multiple Tour winners or Major winners.
Last year 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”
It was JR’s 10th PGA Tour victory. From a European perspective on the PGA Tour, it put him on an equal footing in terms of wins with Sergio Garcia and one more than Nick Faldo and Seve Ballesteros. Only Rory McIlroy has more victories (14 wins).
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
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 first since the 2016 Players Championship.
“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.”
Over 50% of his strokes gained on the field average came from his play off the 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.
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.
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.
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 Betting Tips 2020