Golf Rankings for Farmers Insurance Open
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Tiger Woods [Yahoo Class C]
Woods is the defending champion at Torrey Pines and has claimed victory a total of eight times in 14 tries, including the 2008 U.S. Open. Woods remains in search of that elusive 15th major, but did win a total of five Tour events last year in 17 appearances. Managers in allocation formats should have no issue deploying Tiger for his first tournament of 2014.
Brandt Snedeker [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #24
Snedeker won this event in 2012 and earned a share of second last year. He was also impressive in 2010, again claiming a piece of second, before adding another top-10 in 2011. In the 2008 U.S. Open he finished T9. Snedeker will be playing the right track to bounce back after last week’s T58 at the Humana Challenge.
Phil Mickelson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #31
Mickelson is coming off a blown opportunity to win last week at Abu Dhabi. Lefty is a three-time winner at Torrey Pines, most recently back-to-back in 2000 and 2001. Mickelson was the leader after three rounds back in 2011, but slipped to second on Sunday. The last two years at the site haven’t been too kind, a missed cut in 2012 and a T51 last year. Mickelson finished T18 in the 2008 U.S. Open.
Bill Haas [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #41
Since 2009, Haas has finished 11th or better in four of the five tournaments at Torrey Pines. He struggled in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, but finished T6 in last week’s Humana Challenge. Haas notched three top-10s during his time on the Tour’s west coast swing last year and could be setting himself up for a similar run.
Jordan Spieth [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #1
Spieth followed up his solo second in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions by missing the cut in the Sony Open. He’ll return to the mainland in hopes of overcoming last year’s missed cut at Torrey Pines. Spieth, 20, only missed five cuts in 23 starts last year, none consecutively.
Bubba Watson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #5
Watson won this event in 2011 and placed T13 the following year, but withdrew from playing Torrey Pines last year with the flu. His last three appearances resulted in a T30 at the Thailand Golf Championship, a T3 at the 18-man field Northwestern Mutual World Challenge and a T8 at the WGC-HSBC Champions.
Hunter Mahan [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #76
Mahan has tallied four top-15s over the last five years at Torrey Pines. He also finished T18 in the 2008 U.S. Open. Mahan’s most recent start came in last month’s Thailand Golf Championship, where he placed T13.
Ian Poulter [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #55
Over his last five worldwide appearances, Poulter owns two runner-up spots and did finish outside of the top 15. His last showing at Torrey Pines was back in 2007 where Poulter finished T9. That start is so long ago, course history is non-factor in this decision. You should strongly consider Poulter based on how well he closed out 2013.
Jimmy Walker [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #27
Walker is playing for the first time since winning the Sony Open, three months removed from a victory in the fall series. He’s played Torrey Pines well the last two years, finishing T8 in 2012 and a career-best T4 last year. There was a time last year where Walker making the cut was automatic, but rarely was he competing at his current level.
Nick Watney [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #134
Watney struggled at Torrey Pines in 2008, missing the cut in this event and placing T60 in the U.S. Open. However, he flipped the script in 2009 by winning in February. In the four starts since, he’s put together three more top-10s, including last year’s T4. Watney was rather quite in his fall starts after a good showing in last year’s FedExCup Playoffs.
Jason Day [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #2
Day ended last year with a streak of six consecutive worldwide finishes inside the top 15. After a two-year layoff, he returned to Torrey Pines last year to place inside the top 10; that performance included a Sunday-best round of 66.
Rickie Fowler [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #4
Fowler had a good pair of international starts to end 2013, runner-up in Australia and T8 in Thailand, but only managed a T33 at the Humana Challenge to start the new year. Torrey Pines has proven to be a friendly venue, however. In four career starts Fowler has yet to place outside of the top 20, including last year’s T6.
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