Farmers Insurance Open preview with Skeeter McGillicuddy
After a break last week the McGillicudy’s are back.
This week sees the USPGA Tour head to San Diego California for the Farmers Insurance Open and another chance for USPGA Tour members to farm cash at the very un farm like Torrey Pines.
Another long time event on the Tour under its varying guises this event has been won by some of the greats – Nicklaus, Palmer, Player and Watson to name few – so it has cache.
Seven time winner T Woods (and eight times around this course with his US Open win in 2008 – notably his last) won’t be teeing it up but the field hardly lacks class with last weeks winner in the desert and newly emergent world number 4 Ricky Fowler and world number 2 Jason Day heading the market.
While I won’t deny the credentials of the two market principals neither of them appeal at the prices. Ricky is flying and has some past good form around here but just on the basis that backing up is hard to do we’ll death ride him.
Day’s profile around here is progressive to say the least culminating in a 2nd and a win in the last two running’s – but – despite all that he just doesn’t actually win very often. Wining 5 times last year took his PGA Tour tally to just 7. He had a freak year last year and maybe has turned a corner but his price just doesn’t cut it for me.
Given the format of one round on the North Course and one on the South on the first two days, followed by the weekend back on the South course (which is much tougher), I’m inclined to place more emphasis on course form for this event.
On that basis there are quite a few contenders apart from the front two: Jimmy Walker (his recent putting a concern), Graham Delaet (serial non-winner) and Scott Stallings (pulled out last week which followed a missed cut), Marc Leishman (missed the cut last week albeit on 8 under but that was a turkey shoot). Nick Watney? Loves this place but he seems a shadow of his former self.
So we’ll settle for 2 against the field.
Brant Snedeker: who seems to have all the boxes ticked and is super confident. He has great course and recent form. Yes his last 2 starts here were not great, but the last 2 years have not been great overall. He appears to have turned a corner late in 2015. Beaten in a playoff last start after a previous 3rd, Snedeker has a win and 5 other top tens in his last 11 starts around here including 2 runners up. Golf will make you look very silly at times but Snedeker looks certain to be in the mix come Sunday. 1pt e/w at $17 with
Harris English: We’ll give Harris another run on the basis of obvious potential. Runner up here last year and our choice 2 weeks ago English had a nightmare start and was making good progress through the field at the Sony before he faltered and ran out of steam to finish an off 56th. He’s a great putter, will come here with good memories from last year, and if he can shrug off his 2016 opening performance as down to rust, he looks a chance. 1 pt e/w at $71 with