Thank goodness the AmEx is over. It was a good tournament and congrats to Andrew Landry, but from a degen standpoint it was quite difficult. It was a birdie fest and an event we could not really keep track of until Sunday. This week the PGA Tour heads to San Diego, to Torrey Pines for the Farmers Insurance Open. The big boys have arrived and it should be a great event. The cream usually rises to the top at the Farmers and based on the OAD picks it appears the guys feel the same way. Let’s see who they like with the 2020 Farmers Insurance Open PGA OAD Picks.
|Last WK $||$63,999||$462,300||$63,399||$122,275||$0|
|Last WK PK||Harman||Scheffler||Harman||Noren||Kokrak|
|This WK PK||Finau||Matsuyama||Rahm||Rahm||Rahm|
The Farmers is the first field of 2020 to really be excited about. Sure the TOC had a nice field but it didn’t have Rory, Tiger, Rose, not to mention a handful of other great top players in the world.
Brian Harman got me on the board last week with a made cut. Not a great Sunday but $$$ in the bank nonetheless.
I’ve looked at Rickie to continue the short in stature theme after picking CHEZ and HARMAN to start the year. I think Rickie has a nice week but can’t close…again. So ill pick a guy who I know can close, FINAU!!! Just kidding not sure he could close a car trunk with an electronic button…BUT his course history is great and he played well last week. Plus you don’t have to be a stud putter to win/contend here. Gimmie Finau for OAD and a top 10.
So The American Express was a golf tournament that happened and I banked a little cash with Mr. Noren. Not much to say about that tournament except glad I don’t have to think about it for another year. This week we get a great field at a legit, only 2 course rotation course, for the properly named Farmers Insurance OPEN. This is a great test for the players for the 2021 US Open course. I think it is wise to use someone with high win equity, but narrowing that list down to 1 golfer is difficult given the amount of names and lack of competitive playing from most this year. I am going to use Jon Rahm for a couple reasons: he is a past winner here, has played this month, and has some pretty good form coming in with a 10th place finish at the TOC and 2 straight wins on the Euro tour before that. Best of luck this week!
Hideki Matsuyama– Had a strong showing last week having the 54 hole leader in Scheffler. Through 2 weeks my OAD has lead after 18 and 54 holes so I guess I would take that, but would have liked at least 1 W out of those. We will get back on it this week. Matsuyama is a great fit for Torrey Pines. He’s long, somehow has positive putting splits on POA and stays out of the serious trouble for the most part. Since 2016 he has improved his positioning each year here with a 3rd place finish last year. Torrey has been won by a foreign born player each of the past 3 years and all from different continents if you count Rose being born in South Africa. This year Matsuyama completes the Asia part of that and gets the W.
Well, the AmEx didn’t go quite as planned. I went with Kokrak and it was more like Cuckrak. That was last week and it’s time to move on to this monster field at the Farmers. The big boys have arrived at Torrey Pines and it should be a big week. The big hitters are always favored this week and usually the cream rises to the crop at this tournament. I am going to go with a bomber. A previous winner of the Farmers. A player that is playing amazing golf and has been a Top 10 player if not Top 5 week in and week out. He finished 5th here last year, won the event in 2017 and is 3 for 3 in made cuts at the Farmers. Give me all the chalk, give me all the JON RAHM this week!!!!!
Jon Rahm – The former ASU Sun Devil goes back to a track he loves to play with his length and birdie making ability. With a win in 2017 and a fifth place last year, Rahm seems to always play well at Torrey Pines, even with the redesign of the North Course last year. Rahm also is the world’s #3 ranked player and still can’t get recognition for it. He’s “quietly” won two tournaments, come in second twice and placed tenth in his last five made cuts (one missed cut at the Alfred Dunhill). He’s shaken the wedding hangover from the ToC and gets to tee it up at one of his favorite tracks.