The PGA Tour finds itself in La Jolla California at Torrey Pines for the 2016 edition of the Farmers Insurance Open. The Farmers could arguably be the “real” beginning of the season as many of the world’s best will be debuting this week. A full field will play 18-holes on both the North and South layouts through Thursday and Friday. The beauty of the Farmers Insurance Open is the complexity of playing multiple courses and the combination of many of the tours best knocking off the rust while others have been aggressive since before the calendar rolled over to 2016.
Dates: January 28 – 31 2016
Course: Torrey Pines GC (North and South)
South Course – Par72, 7,569 yards
North Course – Par 72, 6,874 yards
Television Coverage (Times):
Thursday: Golf Channel 3 – 7 PM EST
Friday: Golf Channel 3 – 7 PM EST
Saturday: Golf Channel 1 – 2:30 PM EST, CBS 3 -6 PM EST
Sunday: Golf Channel 1 – 2:30 PM EST, CBS 3 – 6:30 PM EST
Purse: $6.5 million total purse, $1.17 million winner share
2016 Farmers Insurance Open Predictions, Picks | Torrey Pines GC Swing Holes
Instead of giving you the swing holes at one course, we will be covering a mix from the North and South courses this week. The seventh hole on the North Course is a little piece of created anxiety for player’s to love or hate. It is a Par-4 that plays 400 yards. Accuracy is the name of the game at the seventh hole with the canyon and pines left and dense trees and bunkers right. The reality here is just play the tee shot true and you should be faced with an uphill approach that demands an extra club. A large green protect by benign bunkers awaits the players. The challenge here is taking enough club to make sure you do not end up in the front bunker. Par here each day is a great score.
The closing hole on the North Course bring almost every imaginable score into play. At 485 yards, this Par-5 affords players the opportunity to do pretty much what they want and can stomach. Left is the name of game here as long as players can keep a hook from double crossing them into the driving range. However, if the ball drifts right the only real penalty is a small bunker and a probable layup. A narrow opening will allow approach shots to run onto the green but if a player misses out-of-bounds, bunkers and other situations will raise their heads. Morale of the story is short and right if you have to miss. Eagles will be made here this week but so will at least one triple.
On the South Course, the 14th is s Par-4 measuring 435 yards which is not a yardage that scares any of the current PGA professionals. Instead it is the canyon runs the entirety of the left side of the hole. In fact, many players might choose a hybrid or three woods off this tee. The approach shots here MUST avoid going long. There is all matter of trouble behind this sloping green. If players can put up a four here in each round they will be in good shape.
Torrey Pines has it right. End a round with a Par-5. The 18th hole on the South Course is 572 yards and what you see is what you get. A fairly straight hole that just tempts players to fire away. The fairway bunkering is well placed but if avoided and if the tee shot finds level ground, players can attack here and attempt to make three. Approach shots need to avoid the surrounding bunkers and the water shot which can bring triple-bogey into play. The tournament has been won and lost here in the past and it could very well happen again this year.
2016 Farmers Insurance Open Predictions, Picks | Torrey Pines GC Top-3 Selections
The Farmers Insurance Open tends to draw the strongest field of the early portion of the year. There is no change this year and picking or predicting a winner at the Farmers Insurance Open is quite the adventure. Let’s take a look at three players that I would predict to be right in the hunt coming down the stretch on Sunday at the Farmers Insurance Open. Normally it is suicide to back anyone other than Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines but Tiger is in regression trying to find his swing and health and things are a bit different because of it. So let’s look at the 2016 Farmers Insurance Open Predictions, Picks | Torrey Pines GC Top-3 Selections whether it be for fandom, love of the game, or fantasy golf. No matter what, it’s going to be fun.
|Phil Mickelson||I know it has been a tough patch for Lefty but here is the logic. Torrey Pines is his home course so he knows the track. He has also won this event three different times, yes it has been a while. He made a decision this off-season to change his swing. Even a minor change at 46 is commitment. He debuted the new swing this past week and finished tied for third. Now he comes home and good things are possible.|
|Jason Day||Jason Day returns this week after knocking the rust off from a fall vacation. He has success in this event in the past. He finished tied for ninth here in 2013 and tie for second two years ago. We cannot forget the four way playoff that earned him the victory here last year that spring boarded him into a career year. He is ready and playing where he knows how to score. That formula puts Jason on this weeks short list.|
|Jimmy Walker||For those that do not want to accept it, Walker is the real deal At the Farmers he finished eighth in 2012, fourth in 2013, and tied for seventh last year. So far since the year rolled over he has two top-15s in Hawaii and a prior solid tie for eighth at the Hero World Challenge. He knows his way around this format and a win should not be ruled out.|