Farmer's Insurance Open Preview
January 21, 2020
What a finish to last week’s The American Express! Andrew Landry finished birdie-birdie to win by two and pick up his second PGA Tour win. Abraham Ancer posted a final round 63 to finish solo second. My pick Matthew Wolff struggled on the weekend bringing me to 1 winner in 3 predictions. It would get me into the baseball hall of fame but we need to be better. New week and it’s one of my favorites. On to Torrey Pines as we preview the Farmer’s Insurance Open!
I think everyone is ready for this week. Not only do we get to see Tiger for the first time in 2020, but we will see 5 of the top 10 in the world. Rory will have a chance to overtake Brooks as world number 1 with a win. In his only appearance last year, Rory finished in a tie for fifth.
We will have some great featured groups for the first two rounds as Justin Rose looks to defend his title. You will be able to watch these groups as well as featured holes on PGA Tour Live. I got to be productive today and tomorrow as I know that I will be distracted come Thursday.
For the second week in a row, we get to watch a full field take on two different courses. Players will play the North and South courses in the first two rounds before moving over to the South Course. We saw lower scores on the North Course last year so expect to see the players try to take advantage when they are on there.
The South Course, host of Tiger’s last U.S. Open victory, will once again host the U.S. Open in 2021. In preparation for 2021, the South Course underwent a renovation to make the course more challenging. They added a few fairway bunkers where the tour players land their tee shots. The fairways on holes 10 and 17 were pinched in to intimidate those hitting drivers.
They also lengthened some holes so that the total yardage now reaches 7,765 yards. One of the more dramatic additions was adding nearly 40 yards to the par-4 10th. With all these changes, I am really excited to see how the pros play it.
Predictions and Players to Watch
As I mentioned earlier, we have some big names in the field this week. The biggest draw this week is Tiger. Will he win #83 and overtake Sam Snead? Will Rory overtake Brooks for world #1? Both players are favorites this week and are expected to be in contention come Sunday.
I am really interested in seeing how Jordan Spieth plays this week. He is at a crossroad with his game and this week will be a telling sign on how his 2019/20 season will go. I talked about Spieth in my season preview about how his ball striking needs to improve in order to compete. Which Spieth will we see this week?
It looks like it will be a great week in terms of weather so expect to see some low scores on the North Course before players take on the South. The winning score has been all over the place the last four years. We saw Brandt Snedeker will in 2016 with a -6 total and last year saw Justin Rose win with a -21 total. This is a difficult one to predict but here we go.
I feel really good about Xander Schauffele this week. The La Jolla, California native will look to pick up his fifth PGA Tour victory. He has already finished 2nd twice this season so it wouldn’t be shocking to see him win this week. I think a score of 14-under par will be good enough to win this week.
Comment below with your picks this week.