We stay in California for the third time already this year for the 2019 Farmers Insurance Open, an event that’s played on a north and south course at the Torrey Pines Golf Course. There’s a pretty impressive field this week and a lot of notable names making their debut for either the year for the season or the year. Of course, big name players means there’s lots of value out there, so let’s get to it…
Here are five golfers to consider throwing on your card this week.
Jon Rahm - Jon Rahm is still worth a play despite being the overall favorite at +1000 odds. Rahm is coming off a -21 showing at the Desert Classic and is a combined 48 strokes under par in his last three events. Rahm has mentioned in the past that Torrey Pines Golf Course is one of his favorite courses to play at and he won this event back in 2017. Rahm has an average finish of 15th place in two appearances here. You combine his current form and how much he enjoys this city, and Rahm is a great play with a chance to make 10 times your money.
Tiger Woods - Tiger Woods will play for the first time in 2019, as we haven’t seen him swing the club since the Hero World Challenge. While there’s likely going to be rust, there’s reason to consider Tiger and the +1800 odds. Tiger has won the Farmers Insurance Open seven times in his career and six of his last 12 appearances. Phil Mickelson is second in this tournament with three victories. Sure, Tiger shouldn’t be a serious favorite and probably needs more reps before putting legit money on him, but given his history here, he’s worth action based off the value alone.
Xander Schauffele - Xander Schauffele doesn’t have much success at the Farmers Insurance Open considering he’s missed the cut in all three of his appearances. The good news is that Schauffele is in terrific form with wins at the Sentry Tournament of Champions and WGC-HSBC Champions. Schauffele has won three of his last four events and has finished 25th or better in seven of his last eight events. He’s also from San Diego, so this is a homecoming for him and it’s probably only a matter of time before he turns the corner at this course. Schauffele and +1800 odds is a nice play.
Hideki Matsuyama - Hideki Matsuyama hasn’t missed a cut since The Open and is coming off a decent showing at the Sony Open with a -6. Matsuyama has made the cut in three of his last five appearances at the Farmers Insurance Open and is averaging a finish of 20.3 during those three trips. Matsuyama also had his best finish here last year with a 12th place finish. Matsuyama should probably be in the top-10 when it comes to power ranking potential winners this week, so the fact you can get him at +5500 odds makes him a strong consideration.
Patrick Cantlay - Patrick Cantlay has limited experience on this course, as he finished 51st last year and missed the cut back in 2013. That’s it. The good news is Cantlay is a Cali kid who was born in Long Beach, resides in Los Alamitos and went to UCLA. Cantlay has also been on a tear recently, as he’s a combined 38 strokes under par in his last two events and has strung together four straight top-10 finishes. Based on his current form, it won’t be long before Cantlay starts finishing some of these tournaments and really making a name for himself. I’ll give Cantlay a look at +2800 odds.