A strong field featuring three of the top four golfers in the Golfweek/Sagarin world rankings is in La Jolla, California, this week for the Farmers Insurance Open. Marc Leishman is back at Torrey Pines Golf Course to defend his 2020 title and Si Woo Kim looks to go back-to-back after winning last week’s American Express. Below, we look at the fantasy golf power rankings and betting odds for the top 30 golfers at the 2021 Farmers Insurance Open.
The Farmers Insurance Open will be split between the North and South Courses at Torrey Pines. The South Course, exclusively, will host the 2021 U.S. Open from June 17-20.
2021 Farmers Insurance Open: Fantasy Golf Top 30
30. Corey Conners (+5000)
Makes his 2021 debut after last finishing T-17 at the Mayakoba Golf Classic in early December. He hasn’t played this event since 2018, but he’s an excellent iron player and can keep it out of the thick rough off the tee.
29. Francesco Molinari (+8000)
His T-8 finish last week was his first top-10 showing since 2019. He played just seven events last year with five missed cuts, including this event. His iron play was back in top form with 1.33 Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green per round last week.
28. J.B. Holmes (+15000)
Three top-10 finishes in this event in his last six appearances. Rebounded from a missed cut in 2019 to tie for 16th last year.
27. Joel Dahmen (+12500)
Missed the cut last week but led the field with 1.94 SG: Off-the-Tee per round over his 36 holes. Tied for ninth in 2019.
26. Max Homa (+10000)
Was in and around the lead for much of the week last week until a final round of 4-over 76. He had just one birdie against four bogeys Sunday, but he still averaged 0.82 SG: Putting for the week.
25. Charles Howell III (+8000)
No one in this field has more rounds played at the South Course than Howell’s 64. He has averaged 1.83 strokes gained on the field per round and has five top-10 finishes since 2010.
24. Gary Woodland (+8000)
Showed a glimmer of his old form with a T-16 finish last week after slipping to No. 40 in the Official World Golf Ranking with six missed cuts in 19 events last year. The 2019 U.S. Open champ will be preparing for this year’s third major.
23. Jason Kokrak (+6600)
Hasn’t finished higher than T-17 in five events since winning the 2020 CJ Cup, but he’s averaging 0.35 SG: Off-the-Tee and 0.90 SG: Putting on the 2020-21 season and has shown he can get hot on West Coast greens.
22. Billy Horschel (+5000)
Finished T-8 and eighth in this event in 2016 and 2019, respectively. His putter and driver have been strengths this year and last.
21. Cameron Champ (+6600)
Definitely has the length off the tee to combat the 7,765-yard South Course. Tied for 16th here last year with a better-than-usual putting performance on the Poa Annua greens of the South Course.
20. Will Zalatoris (+5000)
The PGA Tour rookie will be looking to recapture his upstart 2020 U.S. Open form in an advance screening of the 2021 venue. Torrey Pines won’t yet be tailored to the trademark conditions, but it’s still an excellent test of length and accuracy off the tee.
19. Cameron Smith (+5000)
Dropped to No. 32 in the OWGR following a T-62 finish in his attempted defense of his 2020 Sony Open title. His putter was a disaster two weeks ago, but he gained 1.00 strokes off-the-tee per round.
18. Bubba Watson (+4000)
The 2011 champion has played this event just three times since, but he tied for sixth last year while leading the field in SG: Tee-to-Green.
17. Ryan Palmer (+5000)
A co-runner-up in 2018 with 1.15 SG: Off-the-Tee per round. He has averaged 1.23 strokes gained on the field over 23 career rounds on the South Course. Tied a course record of 62 in the second round on the North Course last year.
16. Adam Scott (+4000)
Has played here just once and was the runner-up in his 2019 debut. He gained 2.66 strokes from tee-to-green and 2.48 strokes on approach per round. He tied for 26th at the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.
15. Jason Day (+3300)
A former world No. 1, Day won this event in 2015 and 2018. He had six top-10 finishes last year, highlighted by a T-4 on a similar course at the PGA Championship.
14. Brooks Koepka (+3300)
Missed the cut in his 2021 debut last week, but he gained 1.75 strokes per round with the putter. The two-time U.S. Open winner will be preparing for June and is likely to take this event more serious than he does most non-majors.
13. Hideki Matsuyama (+2500)
Skipped last week’s event after playing both tournaments in Hawaii. He tied for 19th at the Sony Open with 2.45 SG: Tee-to-Green per round and was also strong off-the-tee.
12. Si Woo Kim (+4000)
Last week’s winner with 3.87 SG: Tee-to-Green and 2.63 SG: Approach per round. Torrey Pines’ South Course is very comparable to PGA West’s Stadium Course, so he’s in a decent spot for rare back-to-back wins.
11. Viktor Hovland (+2800)
Started the calendar year with a T-31 finish in the exclusive Tournament of Champions. Finished his 2020 PGA Tour schedule with victory at the Mayakoba Golf Classic and is one of the best on Tour in SG: Tee-to-Green through 20 measured rounds on the 2020-21 season.
10. Matthew Wolff (+3500)
Tied for 21st in his debut last year. He has plenty of length off the tee and showed at Winged Foot Golf Club in the fall he’ll be a competitor at U.S. Open venues for many years to come.
9. Marc Leishman (+3300)
The reigning champ would be ranked higher if not for relying a little too heavily on his putter last year. Still, he has 44 rounds of experience here and should have a better feel for the greens than most.
8. Scottie Scheffler (+2800)
The reigning PGA Tour Rookie of the Year missed the cut in this event but finished with four top-10 showings in 22 events on the year. He should vastly improve on last year’s debut.
7. Patrick Reed (+2500)
Typically plays his best golf a little later in the calendar year and PGA Tour season, but he tied for sixth here last year before going on to win the WGC-Mexico Championship four weeks later. Missed the cut last week despite 4.30 SG: Putting per round.
6. Harris English (+2200)
Third-best golfer in the field by the Golfweek rankings at No. 4 overall. Followed up his Tournament of Champions win with a T-32 at the Sony Open and sat out last week.
5. Sungjae Im (+2800)
Went into the weekend as the 36-hole leader at the American Express but shot a 1-over, 73 Saturday en route to a 12th-place finish. He lost 0.79 strokes off-the-tee per round and will need to be more accurate on the South Course, but he should score Thursday and Friday on the North Course.
4. Rory McIlroy (+800)
Down to seventh in the Golfweek rankings, McIlroy coughed up the 54-hole lead to finish third last week in the European Tour’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. He finished T-5 and T-3 in this event in 2019 and 2020, respectively.
3. Tony Finau (+1800)
Speaking of blowing 54-hole leads, Finau was surpassed by three golfers Sunday to finish fourth at the American Express. He finished the tournament with 0.06 strokes lost putting per round but averaged 3.12 SG: Tee-to-Green.
2. Xander Schauffele (+1200)
The No. 1 golfer in the Golfweek rankings tied for fifth at the Tournament of Champions and has been off the last two weeks. He missed the cut here last year with uncharacteristic poor play around the greens.
1. Jon Rahm (+650)
Withdrew last week while citing a back injury but will return to the field at an event he won in 2017 and finished as the runner-up last year. He’s third in the Golfweek rankings, second in the OWGR and is the prohibitive pre-tournament betting favorite.
Get some action on the 2021 Farmers Insurance Open by signing up and betting at BetMGM. If you’re looking for more sports betting picks and tips, access all of our content at SportsbookWire.com. Please gamble responsibly.
Gannett may earn revenue from audience referrals to betting services. Newsrooms are independent of this relationship and there is no influence on news coverage.
original article link https://golfweek.usatoday.com/2021/01/26/pga-tour-farmers-insurance-open-fantasy-golf-power-rankings/