It’s likely the best field of the New Year so far on the PGA Tour as it heads to the San Diego area for the Farmers Insurance Open, which has a rare Wednesday start.
World No. 1 Jon Rahm is favoured on the golf odds.
It’s probably time to address Tiger Woods and whether he will play this year off that horrible car accident last winter in California that nearly cost him a leg. Because of that, Tiger is never going to play more than a handful of events again in a given season. The Farmers Insurance Open probably would have been his first in 2022 if healthy as Tiger love Torrey Pines in San Diego, having won this event a record seven times as well as a U.S. Open at Torrey. We probably won’t see Tiger until the Masters, although if he’s looking for a warm-up tournament, it could be the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida in early March.
Golfers play one round each at Torrey Pines’ South (par 72; 7,765 yards) and North Course (par 72; 7,258 yards) before spending the weekend solely at the South. The South hosted another U.S. Open last year, won by Rahm.
Why is this being played Wednesday-Saturday instead of the usual Thursday-Sunday? Because CBS is showing this event but also the AFC Championship Game on Sunday so that wouldn’t work. Remember, the NFL expanded its regular season by a week so everything was pushed back regarding the playoffs.
The defending champion of the Farmers Insurance Open is American Patrick Reed. He closed with a 4-under 68 to finish at 14-under 275 and five shots ahead of five players who tied for second. Reed shared the first-round lead with Alex Noren, was one shot off the lead in the second round and then shared the third-round lead with Carlos Ortiz, who blew up with a 78 in the final round. The margin of victory tied the second-largest in tournament history, and Reed was the first American winner since 2016.
Farmers Insurance Open Golf Odds
Spain’s Jon Rahm is the +800 favourite. He’s definitely a “horse for the course” as Rahm won the Farmers Insurance Open in 2017, was runner-up in 2020, finished T7 last year and won the U.S. Open at Torrey last year. Rahm didn’t play last week at the American Express.
Justin Thomas is +1200 with Xander Schauffele +1600. For whatever reason, Thomas hasn’t played here since 2015. Schauffele was one of the runners-up last year but hadn’t contended here previously.
Hideki Matsuyama, Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau are all +2000. Matsuyama won two weeks ago in Hawaii and has a best result of T3 in this tournament. Johnson hasn’t played the event since missing the cut in 2017. DeChambeau added the Farmers Insurance Open to his schedule after withdrawing from the Sony Open, citing soreness in his left wrist. He has missed the cut twice in two trips to the tournament.
Patrick Reed is +5000 to repeat. He was T55 on Sunday at the American Express. Hudson Swafford won the American Express but is a +12500 long shot this week.
No Canadian has won this event. Many years ago, Al Balding finished runner-up to Arnold Palmer twice. In 2014, Graham DeLaet was one of five runners-up.
Last year, the top Canadian finisher was Adam Hadwin at T18. Corey Conners was T37, Roger Sloan T53, and Mackenzie Hughes, David Hearn, Michael Gligic and Jared du Toit missed the cut. Conners is +5000 this week with Hughes +8000, Hadwin +12500, Adam Svensson +16000, Taylor Pendrith +25000, Nick Taylor +25000 and Michael Gligic +75000.
Farmers Insurance Open Golf Predictions
Take Rahm for a Top 10, but the winner at +2800 is Tony Finau. He was one of the runners-up last year and hasn’t been worse than T13 in the past five at this event.