PGA Tour – Farmers Insurance Open Betting Tips & Handicapping Free Plays

by Earl Campbell | January 21, 2020 |

The Farmers Insurance Open takes place this week, from the beautiful Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, California.

The Farmers Insurance Open was formerly known as The Buick Invitational and takes place each year towards the end of January during the “West Coast Swing” for the pro’s of the PGA.  

The Buick Invitational became the Farmers Insurance Open in 2010 and has been played ever since under this banner.

Torrey Pines Golf Course Details

Farmers Insurance Open is played at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, California.   The tournament will take place split between the North and South Course at Torrey Pines. Both the North and the South Courses play as a Par 72, with the South being the longer of the two.  

Torrey Pines South measures out as 7,698 yards, while Torrey Pines North measures out at 7,258 yards.  The South Course is the actual host of the event with the North Course playing second fiddle as the backup course.

All of the golfers will start out playing either the North or the South but once the cut is made, all remaining golfers will play the final two days on the South Course.  

The South Course is without a doubt the tougher of the two courses so if you are looking for the edge for those first-round leader plays, make sure you consider those golfers that play Thursday on the North Course.  With that being said, no golfer that has started on Thursday on the North Course has won the tournament in the last 8 years!

Torrey Pines has been the site of the US Open and has routinely been one of the toughest courses throughout the Tour.  Some of the reason it is so difficult is due to its location and the weather.

The course itself is set on the cliffs of the coast of California so with that being said you can expect lots of winds.  It is very difficult to judge how the winds will play out at Torrey Pines but I would venture to say they will play a part in the winner this week.  

There will be some major differences as far as the greens are concerned this week.  The North Course Greens consist of Poa Annua while the South Course Greens are made up of Bentgrass.

The fairways are rather difficult to hit here at Torrey Pines and because of that, we will only see about a shade over 50% of the golfers hit the fairways on a regular basis.  

Farmers Insurance Open Cut Info

This week’s tournament will have the normal cut that will take place after 36 holes.  After Friday or 36 holes, the top 70 golfers plus ties will advance to play the weekend, on the South Course.

Torrey Pines Golf Course Weather

The weather is normally a major factor here at Torrey Pines however this week, the weather forecasters are calling for an absolutely gorgeous week of golf. There is absolutely no rain in the forecast and the winds are expected to be relatively low at under 10MPH.  Keep in mind, the course is build along the side of a cliff along the ocean so wind can pick up at any time and become a factor.

System Attributes

There are several major factors that have given us the advantage in research.  Course history is important but not so much that you look past other factors. 

The first attribute we will take into consideration is Driving Distance. This course is no doubt a bombers course and long drivers are key.  In the last 13 years, 10 of the winners ranked in the Top 50 in Driving Distance the week of the tournament.

The second attribute that we will focus on is Birdie or Better %.  On this course, you are going to need to steal those points when you can and that means strong in Birdie or Better %.  The past 12 out of 14 winners at the Farmers Insurance Open were T32 or better in Birdie or Better %.

Another attribute that we will key in on this week is Strokes Gained: Putting.  In the last 14 years, 10 winners ranked in the Top 50 in Strokes Gained: Putting.  With putting being over two different courses over the first two days, your putting will need to be on point this week.  

  • Birdie or Betting %
  • Driving Distance
  • Strokes Gained: Putting
  • Greens In Reg
  • Par 4 Scoring
  • Strokes Gained:Tee To Green
  • Par 5 Birdie or Better

Farmer Insurance Open Golfers

Hideki Matsuyama +1800 – Matsuyama has been the pillar of consistency in both course history and form.  Last year, he finished in 3rd place here with a shot at winning on the final day. This year, he is coming in with better form and no lingering health issues, like he has in years past.  I think his odds are lower than what they should be but you really can’t ignore him this week. 

Gary Woodland +2500 – My top play and favorite option of the week is Gary Woodland. Woodland has some of the best course history among any golfer playing this week and also comes in with back-to-back 7th place finishes in his last two tournaments overall.  His form is strong, he has great course history and his numbers overall lead me to believe he is on the verge of a BIG week.  

Patrick Reed +2800 – If Patrick Reed’s putting holds up, he could win this week’s tournament.  He has strong course history here, following up a 23rd place finish in 2018 with a 13th place finish last year.  He did miss the cut 3 weeks ago at the Sony Open but I don’t put too much into that as the week prior, he finished 2nd, nearly winning the Sentry Tournament of Champions and placed 3rd at the Hero World Challenge.  Reed is an amazing option at 28/1!

Note: These plays are being released early however we may add to them once the tee times get released and we can tell which golfers are starting out on which courses. Please check back with us for later plays.

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