Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Farmers Insurance Open 2013

The PGA moves onto San Diego this week and to Torrey Pines GC for the Farmers Insurance Open, formely known as the Buick Invitational and San Diego Open. There are two courses in play this week for the opening two rounds before the action continues on the South Course, host of the 2008 US Open where Tiger beat Rocco Mediate in a playoff (when Westwood should have won)
The top players seem to prevail here and the honour roll backs that up. So this week, with length off the tee of critical importance and the stats backing up the theory that course knowledge is essential I have finally agreed on my lineup to tackle it this year.

First up is Hunter Mahan who has scored well here over the past couple of seasons with 6th place finishes as well as a top 15 in 2009. He has already dusted off the cobwebs at Kapalua so I expect that rustiness to have been shaken off as he looks to build towards a successful 2013. At 33/1, the odds are a must for someone who relishes the bigger events and with the quality field assembled here I expect him to raise his game once more.

 My 2nd pick this week is Bill Haas. Again, in 8 visits here he has recorded 5 top 20s so he obviously is comfortable on this course. he was tied 4th here last year and can go even better this year. A stack of top 20s on tour last year including a win at The Northern Trust, Haas is becoming ultra consistent since his FedEx Cup win in 2011. Currently 50/1 with Betpack, who are paying 6 places this week, I cannot ignore him given his course form here.

I cannot really decide who to back between Dustin Johnson & Bubba Watson for my final pick but due to course form, the latter gets the nod. He won this in 2011 and seems to be playing his best on the tougher, longer tracks. Seems to be fully content in his life too which always helps the mindset when playing golf.  He finished 4th at Kapalua and will take that as a positive season opener into Torrey Pines this week. 16/1(same odds as DJ) just about value .


TIP 1: 1 pt e/w H.Mahan @ 33/1

TIP 2: 1 pt e/w B.Haas @ 50/1 with  Betpack (paying 6 places)

TIP 3: 1 pt e/w B.Watson @ 16/1