Golf – Farmers Insurance Open + last week’s recap

January 23, 2018 5:14 pm / Published by

Tiger’s back, Tiger’s back, Tiger’s baaaaaaack! Tiger is playing this weekend in the Farmers Insurance Open and I’m a little bit excited about it.

CareerBuilder Challenge Recap

For the second weekend in a row, the event winner was decided by a playoff. This time it was the Spaniard Jon Rahm winning on the fourth playoff hole against Andrew Landry.

Had you have picked up my selections from last week, you may have chalked up a tidy 450 points. Really unlikely you’d get them all though, thankfully I managed to draft all but Rahm myself, and by picking up Bud Cauley with 92.5 points still managed to squeeze in a win. Hopefully, you managed to do something similar.

As for results, John Huh, Martin Piller and Adam Hadwin rounded out the top 5, each of them tying 3rd on -20. Great to see Hadwin have another great time at the CareerBuilder Challenge after a 2nd place last year.

Read the full pre-tournament write-up for the CareerBuilder Challenge here.

Farmers Insurance Open

The ‘West Coast Swing’ continues this week, with the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. This is one of my favorite courses on the tour, having played it so many times as a kid – never in real life of course, just on Microsoft Golf and Tiger Woods Golf on PC and PlayStation.

It is going to be so hard to look past the defending champion and last week’s winner, Jon Rahm. The win at the weekend seeing him move past Jordan Spieth into 2nd place in the world golf rankings.

I do have my fingers crossed for my fellow compatriots, Jason Day and Marc Leishman. Both of them have a pretty good record on the course, with a few second place finishes between them, and Day winning in 2014. I’d love to see one of them make a move back into the top 10 world rankings at some point this year (Leishman 12, Day 13).

I’m also hella excited to see Tiger’s regular season return, and what better place to do it than Torrey Pines. The man has won this event 7 times in the past, most recently in 2013 (Phil is next with 3 wins). Tiger also holds the joint course record at -22, and won at Torrey Pines when it hosted the US Open in 2008. To slow my Tiger hype a little, this was the only tour event Tiger played last year and he missed the cut – although I think he looks much better this year. I’m 100% hoping he plays well this week.

Plenty of great golf and big names to keep an eye on this week. Rickie Fowler is back, Justin Rose is playing, Day, Hideki, Phil, Finau are all there as well.

Easty’s Picks:

Jon Rahm: Surely Rahm is going to be a first-round pick, and deservedly so. Rahm has been in great form in 2018, winning last week and finishing outright 2nd a few weeks ago. Look for the defending champion to keep up his winning streak.

Marc Leishman: I like Leish, he’s struggled a little for form lately after his great run at the end of the FedEx Cup standings last year. His history of a couple of second-place finishes at this event has me thinking that he might be able to do one better this year.

Rickie Fowler: I haven’t heard too much chatter around Rickie going into this week, but after taking the last two weeks off and not playing in Dubai, I think he’s a good chance of scoring well this week.

Easty’s Sleepers:

Tiger Woods: Is Tiger really a sleeper? Well, I guess – there are still a lot of unknowns surrounding Tiger, and Vegas bookies apparently don’t think he’ll make the cut. We have him projected for 44.2 points – I just think he’ll have to do better than that.

Charles Howell: Will he win it? Maybe. Will he make the cut? My coworker Brett (read more below) thinks he’s a ‘lock’, and I’m inclined to agree. He’s been runner-up here three times in the past, including last year. He’d make a handy addition to any team.

Brett versus Brett:

It just so happens that two of the most excited golf followers in the DRAFT offices are named Brett. There’s myself (Brett East) and Brett W, who for comedic purposes often goes as Brett West.

So, as is the competitive nature of a lot of the staff here at DRAFT, we have decided to run a rest of the season-long H2H draft against each other and just keep a running tally of wins. It makes sense though that we should also post our teams here, as it’s a little more realistic to see actual draft picks than to try as it’s rare that I ever get to chose my favorite picks or sleepers.

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Our teams this week:

Brett West’s write-up:

First of all, I’m fading Tiger this week big time. We call this an emotional hedge. If Tiger’s in the hunt I’m thrilled regardless of my draft because it means that Tiger is back. If I fade Tiger and he misses the cut, I’m in a great spot to win since cut making is crucial on DRAFT.

Justin Rose: I had Rahm as the number one overall on my big board, but happy to take Rose. A little scary to see 2 MC in last three years, but finished 4th last year and coming in HOT. Rose has 3 wins in his last 7 starts worldwide (Can we get a fire emoji)

Rickie Fowler: Rickie, ugly record here as of late, but did a little research and apparently he typically plays Abu Dhabi prior to Torrey Pines (last four years), so jet lag has got to play a part. Rickie also in great form as of late.

Hideki Matsuyama: More or less an odds play. Hideki is 15-1 and coming here in strong form. Four top fives in last five starts. Hate seeing 2 of 4 missed cuts here though.

Jason Day: Jason Day struggled here as of late with back to back MC, but a win and two top tens, from 2013-15. Jason Day has performed when he’s played and I think he’s still one of the top players in the world.

Gary Woodland: Love me some Gary Woodland. I’ve had a long and tenuous relationship with Gary Woodland. Simply put, the guy just hits bombs, but he never wins. When Gary wins (and he’ll win), I want to say I had a piece. He’s pretty much a cut-making machine here and has upside.

We wanna hear from you –

I’m still working on the format of this blog post each week and would love to hear some feedback from you. If you want to read a little about last week and picks and sleepers for this week, let us know. If you think it would be better to just see me and Brett draft against each other and read our write-ups and reasoning, let us know.

Send all your feedback through to us on twitter @playdraft. Cheers Easty.

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