The 2021 PGA Tour heads to the Famous Torrey Pines this week for the annual Farmers Insurance Open. The tournament holds special significance this year as Torrey Pines will be the host of the U.S. Open later in the season.
As usual, we have you covered with a full preview and betting picks for the tournament below.
Farmers Insurance Open Betting Picks
As we mentioned above, the U.S. Open will be played at Torrey Pines later this season, so some of the top players in the world will take this opportunity to get a sneak peak at the course layout, meaning the Farmers Insurance has a bolstered field this year.
Television: Thursday-Friday, 3-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). Saturday, 1-3 p.m. ET (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. ET (CBS). Sunday, 1-3 p.m. ET (Golf Channel), 3-6:30 p.m. ET (CBS).
PGA TOUR LIVE: Thursday-Friday, 12 p.m.-7 p.m. (Featured Groups), Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (Featured Groups), 3 p.m.-6 p.m. (Featured Holes), Sunday, 11:15 a.m.-3 p.m. (Featured Groups), 3 p.m.-6 p.m. (Featured Holes)
Radio: Thursday-Friday, 1 p.m.-7 p.m. ET. Saturday, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. ET. Sunday, 1 p.m.-6:30 p.m. ET (PGA TOUR Radio on SiriusXM and PGATOUR.com/liveaudio).
Two of the top five players in the world will be in attendance this week with the European duo of Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy headlining the field. Some of the other star names in the starting list include the likes of Xander Schauffele, Harris English, Tony Finay, Viktor Hovland, Hideki Matsuyama, Patrick Reed, Brooks Koepka, Matthew Wolff, Marc Leishman, Adam Scott, Jason Day and Bubba Watson.
Past winners of the Farmers Insurance Open who will be looking to add another trophy to their cabinet include defending champion Leishman as well as Rahm, Day, Watson, Brandt Snedeker, Scott Stallings and Phil Mickelson.
Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, California is one of the most famous courses in the United States if not the world. The North and South Course at Torrey Pines will both host rounds this season, with players playing each course across Thursday and Friday before those who make the cut return to the South course for the Saturday and Sunday rounds.
The North Course plays as a fairly gentle 7,258 yard, Par 72, but it’s the South Course that should provide golfers with more of a challenge this week. The behemouth that will host the U.S. Open later this season measures in at a whopping 7,765 yards as a Par 72, making it the longest course on the PGA Tour by almost a full 100 yards.
Players wilneed to be dialled in both off the tee and particulary with their long irons, as the majority of the Par 4’s on the South Course require 4-5 irons in to greens even for the longest hitters off the tee.
All eyes will no doubt be on the big 2 of Rahm and McIlroy this week. The two probably have the most on the line considering their chance to be in contention when the PGA Tour returns to Torrey Pines for the U.S. Open later in the year. While they should both be in the mix this Sunday, we are opting to look elsewhere for value, and two players in particular catch our eye.
Marc Leishman (+3300)
The big Aussie is the defending champion at Torrey Pines and has a brilliant record in the Farmers Insurance Open. Leishman has played all of the last 12 events in San Diego and has made the cut on 10 occasions as well as racking up five top 10 finishes and the win last season. He has also been in solid form throughout the PGA Tour season this year, finishing T4 in his most recent tournament, the Sony Open in Hawaii.
Harris English (+2100)
English has been arguably the in-form player of the young PGA Tour season so far. The No.16 ranked player in the world claimed victory at the Sentry Tournament of Champions amongst a top tier field, marking his third straight top 10 finish after solid performances at the Mayakoba Golf Classic and the RSM Classic. Has finished in the top 10 of the Farmers Insurance three times in the last six years.