Author: Paul Atkin
Published: 08:36 04/02/2015
One of the best PGA course(s) on the PGA tour return to host the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, California. The North & South courses are both used, with the far more difficult South used three times, and the North just the once in the first few days. (Worth taking into account for betting in running purposes.) The South course plays to a Par of 72, and is an absolute monster, which tests all aspects of the players game.The North is a much easier and plays to a Par of 71, and any players coming unstuck here with a round over par, will almost definitely not be winning; they need to make a score here. Special mention of the 18th at the South course, a humdinger of a Par 5, measuring 572 yards, which is surrounded by bunkers and has a carry over water. Eagle or triple bogey could happen here, and it would be no surprise to see it play its part come Sunday evening.
In years gone past, a price on Tiger Woods to win at 50/1 here would of been fantasy. He's won seven times at this course, and also added the US Open to his major collection here. But I'm afraid rubber nose is playing some of the worse golf ever seen from a top player, regardless of his layoff and injuries. I never thought I would see Tiger putt from off the green, and you could see his believe in his own chipping game was unravelling by the hour almost. I have to believe he would of been closer to Jack's major record if he stuck with Butch Harmon as his coach, but pride is a terrible vice. My guess is he won't be with his current coach Chris Como for much longer. Perry Como would be better, and he's been dead for 15 years. I suppose if anyone can turn its round it's Tiger, but another missed cut beckons.
Jimmy Walker spent quite a few years basically being your typical journeyman golfer, but in the last few years has turned his game round to looking like he will win at least one event every season. He missed the cut last year, but previously had two top tens to his name previously. He's already has a win at the Sony Open, and a second at the Hyundai. He's definitely has bursts of form, and he's worth following this week.
Brandt Snedeker has cracking form here, numerous top tens and a win shows he knows how to get it round here. He had a pretty miserable 2014 year, but he's a hard man to keep down and I can't see this year being the same. There were real flickers of form last week in Phoenix, and if he can be a little sharper with his irons he may go close.
For my last bet I'm going to suggest backing Aaron Baddeley in the top twenty market. He was 17th last year, and if he can just be a little straighter with his driving he has a good chance to contend.
It will be also be watching out for Dustin Johnson this week. He's coming back after pushing the envelope of life a little too much last year, but if he's on his game he could go close. Also a mention for Paddy Power who are going six places for this event.
Jimmy Walker 14/1 E/W bet365
Brandt Snedeker 28/1 E/W bet365
Aaron Baddeley 9/2 Top Twenty Market Paddy Power