The PGA Tour finds itself in La Jolla California at Torrey Pines for the 2014 edition of the Farmers Insurance Open after Patrick Reed’s victory at the Humana Challenge. The Farmers could arguably be the “real” beginning of the season as many of the world’s best will be debuting this week. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and eight others from the top-30 in the World Golf Rankings will be vying for the title
A full field of 156 players will play 18-holes on both the North and South layouts through Thursday and Friday. A cut will be made allowing the top 70 scores and ties to advance to weekend play on the South Course. The North course plays to a par of 72 at 6,874 yards. The South course plays to a par of 72 at 7,569 yards. The purse for this year’s event is set at $6.1M with the winner taking a nice $1,098,000 check home to help get the New Year started right. Now who is going to come out on top during the second stop of the West Coast Swing?
What can you say about Phil Mickelson? He would be the win pick at Torrey Pines every year if it wasn’t for Tiger Woods. Phil has won at Torrey Pines on three different occasions and also has a sixth, fifth and second place finish in La Jolla. Mickelson is coming off of a week where he played in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship overseas. Mickelson played very well finishing second by one stroke. Had it not been for a costly final round double-hit penalty he might be entering the Farmers Insurance Open with a victory. I would not be surprised to see Phil win this week, assuming Tiger does not come out firing.
The Pick- Tiger Woods
Normally I will list a Horse for the Course and a Pick to Win but this week they are one in the same. Sure it is pretty anti-climatic but who else would you choose at Torrey Pines other than Tiger Woods. Tiger has won this event seven times including last year. He also won the epic 2008 United States Open at this venue. There is no logical person o back other than Tiger unless you are gambler looking to find some form of value for your wager.
In his career at Torrey Pines, Tiger has 10 bogey free rounds which is good for the most all-time. Tiger has also led the field in total birdies three times and finished in the top-5 six times. He also played in 16 official events last season, winning five of them which equates to a 31 percent win percentage. Couple that with eight top-10s and a second place finish and there you go. Heck it is Tiger and he is back just look at the first in all-around and even a 12th in total putting during the 2013 season to see that fact. It is a pretty boring and simple equation for any event at Torrey Pines, you back Tiger Woods and you expect to be right. I look to Tiger to open his 2014 season with a victory.
Who will win the 2014 Farmers Insurance Open?
- Other (49%, 40 Votes)
- Tiger Woods (35%, 28 Votes)
- Phil Mickelson (16%, 13 Votes)
Total Voters: 81