2016 PGA Tour: Farmers Insurance Open Preview and Pick
The 2016 PGA Tour rages on this week, with some of the top golfers getting together in San Diego, California for the Farmers Insurance Open. This week’s event tees off on Thursday, January 28th and will be hosted by Torrey Pines.
Jason Day (+700) returns to defend his title, as he won this very event last year. He faces some stiff competition, however, with Dustin Johnson entering as a trendy favorite to give him a run for his money. He’s just one big name to consider, though, as 12 of the top 30 golfers will be at Torrey Pines to try to steal the title from Day.
Dustin Johnson – Johnson didn’t even make the cut at last year’s Farmers Insurance Open, but he’s a name to watch after coming on strong in 2015 with three top-4 finishes. He’s bringing momentum into this event and as one of the more talented golfers playing, he could be Day’s top threat.
Brandt Snedeker – If you’re looking for someone who is slightly under the radar but absolutely can win this thing, Snedeker could do the trick. He won the 2012 Farmers Insurance Open and has torn up Torrey Pines over the years. He’s not necessarily locked in as a favorite for this week, but his success on this course cannot be denied.
Patrick Rodgers – In the same vain as a Jordan Spieth, Rodgers is a youngster that is supposed to make the leap to elite status. He just hadn’t done it yet. The time could be now, however, and many PGA experts feel like this week’s Farmers Insurance Open could be the spot where he makes his name known. He’s participated in four tournaments already this year and has two top-10 finishes, so he could be inching closer to a tourney win.
Rickie Fowler – Fowler just got done wrapping up a big tourney win in clutch fashion, so he comes in both hot and scary due to his ability to close out a tournament with ice in his veins. Fowler has always been a threat on basically any course and will once again be one this week.
Phil Mickelson – Mickelson is that seasoned veteran golfer that just won’t go away, as he hasn’t won at this event in 15 years but could break that trend this week. He’s claimed the event three different times and he came close again back in 2010. He hasn’t won a tourney since 2013 and could be due for a big win. A strong finish last week could have him pushing to a big tourney win to get the year going.
We also can’t completely write off the likes of J.B. Holmes, Nick Watney and Scott Stallings, all three of which are strong golfers and finished inside the top 10 at least year’s Farmers Insurance Open. All could be in the mix this week at the 2016 Farmers Insurance Open, as well. Stallings actually won the event in 2014, so he may be worth watching more than Watney or Holmes.
An obvious non-sleeper is Tiger Woods, who will not be competing in this event. Woods hasn’t been able to compete at an elite level for a while, but he’s routinely wrecked this event. He won’t have a shot at doing that this week, however.
Who Wins This?
I have to go with Dustin Johnson. In two tourneys so far in 2016, Johnson has two top-10 finishes, as well as a spot in a top-five. He’s a terrific golfer and is clearly working his way to a big win. If it’s not Johnson then Day has a really solid shot at repeating here, while Phil Mickelson is that unlikely sleeper you may want to pull for. However, Johnson is kind of on fire and feels like a strong bet to get far this week at the Farmers Insurance Open.
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