Torrey Pines is the focus for our PGA Tour picks this week as we study the odds for some Farmers Insurance Open tips.
Jon Rahm is again the clear favourite, as he was last week, with all eyes on California again as the tour heads south to San Diego.
The tournament is played over two courses, with three rounds on the much tougher North Course, and runs from Wednesday to Saturday this week to avoid a clash with the NFL on Sunday.
TONY FINAU TO WIN @ 26.00
Rahm will be a popular selection in PGA Tour picks after winning the Farmers Insurance Open in 2017 and also last year’s US Open at Torrey Pines but odds of 8.00 have little appeal given the strength of the field this week.
At more than three times the price, we prefer Finau to claim the third PGA Tour win of his career after ending his five-year drought by winning The Northern Trust in August.
Finau was tied for second last year and has finished in the top six in four of the last five editions of the Farmers Insurance Open, while 18th and 13th in 2016 and 2019 respectively were decent efforts too.
This is a layout which suits Finau’s preference to fade the ball off the tee and his impressive weekend showing at The American Express last week, after a slow start, means he should be full of confidence.
PATRICK REED TO WIN @ 51.00
Reed may not have the distance off the tee that some of his rivals can produce but the defending champion has proved that it does not need to be an issue and his course form makes him a value bet this week.
The American finished five shots clear of the field last year and has improved his position in this event for the last four years, having finished 23rd in 2018 and then 13th and sixth.
He has already played in two events this season so should be getting into the swing of things and looks to have more chance than his odds of 51.00 imply.
MAX HOMA TO WIN @ 71.00
Homa is a California native who should feel at home here and with two PGA Tour wins in the last 12 months and three in the last four years, confidence should not be an issue either.
All three of his victories have been in California, having won his maiden title at the Wells Fargo Championship in 2019 before triumphing at the Genesis Invitational and Fortinet Championship in February and September respectively last year.
Homa finished 15th in his first appearance of 2022 at the Sentry Tournament of Champions earlier this month and has finished 18th and ninth in the last two editions of the Farmers Insurance Open so the 31-year-old looks a decent each-way option for the last of our PGA Tour picks this week.
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