The 2020 debut of Tiger Woods highlights this week’s stop on the PGA Tour when a full field gathers at Torrey Pines Golf Club for the Farmers Insurance Open. Woods has won the event seven times and conquered the Torrey Pines South Course to win the 2008 U.S. Open. He also had a decent fall with a record-tying 82nd Tour title and a win as player-coach at the Presidents Cup. All of that doesn’t make him the favorite, though. That distinction at online sportsbooks belongs to last season’s FedExCup champion Rory McIlroy. You can tell the Tour is getting ready for Major season with a stacked field ready to attack the North and South Course at Torrey Pines Visit BookMaker.eu for a complete list of matchup betting odds when you’re ready to place a wager.
Farmers Insurance Open Matchup Odds at BookMaker.eu
Sepp Straka +129 vs. Sebastian Munoz -162
Talor Gooch -113 vs. Dylan Frittelli -117
Bubba Watson -118 vs. Rory Sabbatini -112
Lucas Glover -137 vs. Brendan Steele +107
Patrick Reed -127 vs. Sungjae Im -103
Keegan Bradley -135 vs. Phil Mickelson +105
Jason Kokrak -128 vs. Emiliano Grillo -102
Francesco Molinari +103 vs. Byeong Hun An -133
Rickie Fowler -107 vs. Gary Woodland -123
Collin Morikawa -125 vs. Jason Day -105
Harris English -114 vs. Russell Knox -116
Cameron Champ -124 vs. Lanto Griffin -106
Jordan Spieth +110 vs. Marc Leishman -140
Gary Woodland -134 vs. Tony Finau +104
Rory McIlroy -126 vs. Jon Rahm -104
Scottie Scheffler -147 vs. Cameron Smith +117
Ryan Palmer -120 vs. Billy Horschel -110
Jon Rahm -175 vs. Tiger Woods +139
Brandt Snedeker -122 vs. Joaquin Niemann -107
Rory McIlroy -193 vs. Tiger Woods +152
Justin Rose -114 vs. Xander Schauffele -116
Justin Rose -112 vs. Hideki Matsuyama -118
Xander Schauffele -113 vs. Hideki Matsuyama -117
Matthew Wolff +101 vs. Bud Cauley -131
Rickie Fowler -124 vs. Tony Finau -105
Need to Know
To accommodate the full field we’ll see a multiple course format again this week. Every player will get 18 holes on the North and South Course over the first two days. Those surviving the cut will play the weekend on the more difficult south side, which has an updated length of 7,765 yards, making it the longest in history to host a Tour event. The North Course plays around 500 yards shorter and had a scoring average below 70 last year, so guys better get their scoring on this side. The South layout expanded to nearly 7,700 yards in 2001 and an additional 67 yards were tacked on prior to this tournament. Big hitters typically do well here with the length, but high rough and thin fairways are always an obstacle. I picked up the pace last week with a 3-1-1 record at the AmEx and will look to continue making money this week. Away we go!
Farmers Insurance Open Matchup Picks
Sungjae Im -103 vs. Patrick Reed
At some point Im is going to slow down. But as long as he continues to play at a high level I guess there’s no reason to. After a slow start to the season, the Korean hotshot has picked up the pace with a pair of top-10s and no worse than T21 in his last four starts. He navigated the conditions in Hawai’i and returned to the states with four sub-70s last week for a T10. Meanwhile, Reed missed the cut at Waialae and could be slowing down after displaying phenomenal form for months. I’m counting on it.
Gary Woodland -123 vs. Rickie Fowler
Just on course fit I’m leaning toward Woodland in this matchup. He’s 10 for 10 at Torrey Pines finishing among the top-20 in each of the last four playings. Last year’s T9 came after making the cut on the number and navigating the South layout at 9-under over the final 36 holes. He’s no worse than T7 in his last four Tour starts and was part of the Presidents Cup winning team. Fowler opened the season hot, but Torrey Pines has fooled him in the past. He’s finished outside the top-60 twice with four MCs in his last six starts here.
Cameron Smith +117 vs. Scottie Scheffler
Solid recent results, good course form, and plus-odds are too inviting to pass up, that’s why I’ll throw down on Smith in this matchup. He took a break after his playoff win at the Sony Open and has gone T20-T9 in his two starts at Torrey Pines.
Tiger Woods +139 vs. Jon Rahm
I have to throw a few bucks on Tiger just because it’s rare to see him offered at such a price. There are some concerns about his lack of work since a stunning fall/winter that saw him win the ZOZO, finish fourth at the Hero Challenge, then lead the U.S. to a Presidents Cup victory going 3-0. He’s matched up with one of the best in Rahm, but a hot Tiger on a course he’s triumphed on eight times in his career is too good to pass up.
Xander Schauffele -116 vs. Justin Rose
It’s hard to explain missed cuts in each of his first four starts here. Maybe the pressure of playing a home game had something to do with it. The X-man is a better golfer than that so it is a reasonable explanation. Finally breaking through with a T25 last season might be what Schauffele needed, and he’s coming off a playoff loss last week so he’s definitely in good form. It’s hard to overlook Rose, who arrives from Singapore after a runner-up finish. But Schauffele takes advantage of playing at home this week.
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