- When: Jan. 27-30, 2011
- Where: Torrey Pines Golf Course, La Jolla, Calif.
The prestigious PGA Farmers’ Insurance Open will be hosted in the San Diego, California area at Torrey Pines Golf Course. This course is set up with some towering cliffs that overlook the Pacific Ocean. It is annually rated one of the Top 100 courses you can play by Golf Magazine. Torrey Pines uses Poa annua on the greens, Kikuyugrass fairways and a Kikuyugrass/ryegrass/Poa annua blend in the rough areas of its course. It features a North Course and a South Course that is used for the Farmers’ Insurance Open. The South made some changes in anticipation for the 2008 U.S. Open. They added 28 bunkers and 500 yards to make this course a 7607-yard course. The North course weighs in at 6874 yards and the golfers find it more manageable. During the tournament both courses are used during the weekdays but come weekend, only the South course is used for play. This event has been played since 1952 but under different names. Last year the Farmers’ Insurance Company became the principal sponsor. In that event, Ben Crane was crowned winner on the final hole. Amazingly, Tiger Woods has won this event six times in his career and Phil Mickelson three times. Both golfers have committed to playing this event in 2011. Woods (1999) shares the overall course record of 266 with George Burns (1987). At the North Course, Mark Brooks (1990) and Brandt Snedecker (2007) share the course record at 61. Tiger Woods (1999) holds the South Course record at 62. Before we make any picks on a winner, let’s look at some of the golfers that are participating in the Farmers’ Insurance Open and the odds for them to win.
Tiger Woods was the oddsmakers favorite from the moment he announced he would play. This is his first PGA tournament of the season. Woods is currently ranked # 3 in the world. He did not first place in 2010 but finished the season by getting in the Top 15 of his last six events. As stated earlier, Tiger has won this event a whopping number of six times. Odds have Tiger Woods at 3/2 and anytime you can get over 1/1 odds on Tiger it’s probably a good bet.
Phil Mickelson is playing his second golf tournament of the season. He played last weekend at the Abu Dhabi event. He finished tied for 37th which was 19 shots back of the winner. Mickelson last won this event in 2001.He is 6/1 to win this event. He is not a good bet to win this with the struggles he has had recently.
Dustin Johnson weighs in as an 8/1 odds to win. Johnson is currently ranked as the 16th best golfer in the world. He finished tied for 9th earlier in the season at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. He is not a good bet to win this tournament.
Charles Howell III has been playing Top 15 caliber golf during the past few weeks but has not come up with a winner. He is ranked as the 161 in world rankings. At 11/1 odds, Howell is not a good bet for you.
Bill Haas at 14/1 is a good bet for this event. He moved up six spots in the world rankings to #50. He placed 8th in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and get 2nd place at the Bob Hope Classic. Look for Hass to have a chance to sneak a victory here. Bet on Bill Haas.
Ben Crane won the Farmers’ Insurance Open in 2010. He is a 16/1 to win this again. He finished 21st in a tourney earlier in the year. He is ranked #37 in the world. Despite all of this, Crane is not a good bet this time around.
A few other players you may wish to wager some money on for this Farmers Insurance Open PGA tourney are as follows:
- KJ Choi 20/1
- Bubba Watson 20/1
- Brant Snedeker 30/1
- Stewart Cink 30/1
- Vijay Singh 40/1