The Sleeper Report: Fantasy Golf Sleepers, Long Shots, and Undervalued Picks for the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open
The 2017 Farmers Insurance Open Sleeper Preview
The PGA TOUR stays in California for the second leg of its desert swing for this, the Farmers Insurance Open, which was known as the San Diego Open until sponsorship deals took hold. Played at Torrey Pines, the event takes advantage of both the North and South courses at the famous venue, with both sharing duties on Thursday and Friday before the more difficult South track plays host to the weekend’s final 36 holes.
An elite field will make the first tee with two of the finest players on the planet in Dustin Johnson and Jason Day in the hunt for their first silverware of 2017. Joining them will be Tiger Woods, who simply loves this Torrey Pines layout and is making his first full PGA TOUR appearance for more than 18 months, as well as a litany of US Ryder Cup heroes, including Patrick Reed, Rickie Fowler, Jimmy Walker and JB Holmes.
Perhaps the standout entrant is Brandt Snedeker, the reigning and now two-time Farmers Insurance Open champion. He followed up his triumph in 2012 with a victory 12 months ago in a storm-ravaged finale. Snedeker was the only player to break par for his final 18 holes as a number of live contenders fell by the wayside. The players will be hoping for much-improved conditions this time around, and judging by the early forecast their wishes look, by and large, to be granted.
The South course at Torrey Pines is the longest currently in rotation on the PGA TOUR at a whopping 7,698 yards, and with thick rough and small, lively greens it offers an exceptional test for all players. It is no coincidence that, even weather permitting, the last three victors have all carded winning scores of single digits under par.
It will perhaps come as no surprise to learn that Tiger Woods, available at Vegas odds of just 33/1 this week, is the most decorated San Diego/Farmers Insurance Open champion with seven victories from 1999 to 2013, and next in line to the throne – and on his home course no less – is Tiger’s old nemesis Phil Mickelson, who has triumphed here three times with the last coming back in 2001. Since 1999, Woods, Mickelson, and Brandt Snedeker have won 11 of the 18 hostings of this event, with an eclectic cast ranging from Jason Day and Bubba Watson to John Daly, Jose Maria Olazabal and Scott Stallings proving to be among the anomalies.
So we expect the cream to rise to the top at Torrey Pines, although long-priced Vegas hopefuls such as Stallings and Ben Crane have prospered here in the recent past. So, there’s hope for a “sleeper” repeat this week! That said, let’s take a look at some excellent candidates priced at 50/1 or greater odds this week.
The 2017 Farmers Insurance Open Fantasy Sleeper Report
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