McIlroy Favored To Win 2020 Farmers Insurance Open
The PGA Tour’s California swing continues this week with some of the best golfers in the world making their way to Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, California for the Farmers Insurance Open. There will be plenty of big names taking part in this year’s event, including five of the top-10 ranked players in the world. Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Tiger Woods, Xander Schauffele and the defending champion Justin Rose headline the big names at this tournament. Let’s take a look at course, the trends and the betting odds for this week’s event.
EVENT: FARMERS INSURANCE OPEN
DATE: JANUARY 23RD-26TH, 2020
LOCATION: TORREY PINES GOLF COURSE, SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
PAST FIVE WINNERS
2019: JUSTIN ROSE -21
2018: JASON DAY -10 (PLAYOFF)
2017: JON RAHM -13
2016: BRANDT SNEDEKER
2015: JASON DAY -9 (PLAYOFF)
WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE COURSE
An iconic course that has hosted top tier tournaments dating back to the 1960’s, Torrey Pines will once again offer up both its north and its south course for this tournament. A number of changes have been made to the south course in particular ahead of the 2021 U.S. Open. The greens have been relocated closer to the hazards. The undulating greens are also back to being Poa Annua and not Bentgrass. The average round score over the South Course is approximately two strokes higher than the North, so timing will be important as the top contenders look to take advantage when opportunity strikes. Course form will be an important statistic to keep an eye on this week as experience is crucial. Scrambling numbers are another area that you should consider when evaluating the best bets on the board for the Farmers Insurance Open.
A GOOD MATCHUP TO BET: RORY MCILROY OVER JON RAHM
There is no doubt that Rahm has earned all of the praise that he has received for his incredible run over the last year or so. However, we aren’t convinced that he is just going to return to Torrey Pines and perform at the high level he did when he tied for fifth at this event. Instead, we are going to fade Rahm with the player that he tied here in McIlroy, who also placed fifth in his debut here in 2019. McIlroy has four wins worldwide since his impressive run here last season. He’s also rested and focused following some time off after the DP World Tour Championship.
FIVE TRENDS WORTH NOTING FOR THE FARMERS INSURANCE OPEN
–Justin Rose is the defending champion here and has placed in the top-eight in each of his last three starts at Torrey Pines.
–The average round score on the South Course is approximately two strokes higher than the North Course.
–Scrambling numbers are important to consider given the windy, exposed location at Torrey Pines.
–At 7.765 yards, the South Course at Torrey Pines is now the longest track in history to host a PGA Tour event.
–Greens In Regulation are much more difficult at this course with golfers hitting GIR at a 3% lower clip than the average event
ODDS TO WIN FARMERS INSURANCE OPEN
RORY MCILROY +600
JON RAHM +750
TIGER WOODS +1000
XANDER SCHAUFFELE +1600
HIDEKI MATSUYAMA +1800
JUSTIN ROSE +1800
RICKIE FOWLER +2200
GARY WOODLAND +2500
TONY FINAU +2500
PATRICK REED +2800
SUNGJAE IM +2800
COLLIN MORIKAWA +3300
BRANDT SNEDEKER +4000
JASON DAY +4000
JOAQUIN NIEMANN +4000
JORDAN SPIETH +4000
SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER +4000
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