Golf Rankings for Farmers Insurance Open
Charles Howell III [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #80
Howell has played Torrey Pines each of the last 11 years, although not the 2008 U.S. Open. During that time he’s recorded seven top-15s, including three the last four years. CH3 put together three top-10s during his five fall tournaments and a T8 in the Sony Open, but just a T58 in last week’s Humana Challenge.
Keegan Bradley [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #117
Bradley missed last year’s cut at Torrey Pines before recording a pair of top-25s in his first two appearances. His scoring from one round to the next has been somewhat erratic and is keeping Bradley from recording a top-15 result. Bradley is coming off four sub-70 rounds at the Humana Challenge, resulting in a T18.
Billy Horschel [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #47
Horschel only managed a T39 last year at Torrey Pines, but was alone in second place after two rounds of play. Over the final two rounds he would give back a total of seven strokes during a disastrous weekend. Horschel notched a T6 in the season opener, but was inconsistent in the Humana Challenge finishing T25.
Brian Stuard [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #151
Stuard continues to roll. After ending 2013 with a solo second in a fall series events, Stuard has finished solo sixth and solo fifth the last two weeks. He only placed T39 at Torrey Pines last year, but is playing too well to overlook right now.
Graham Delaet [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #132
DeLaet ended 2013 with a T7 and T6 in his final starts of the fall. He’ll see his first action of 2014 this week at Torrey Pines where he placed a T9 after missing the cut in two previous attempts.
Marc Leishman [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #39
Over his last three worldwide appearances, Leishman finished solo fifth at the Sony Open after a T7 and a T11 in his native Australia. After placing T2 and T9 at Torrey Pines in 2010 and 2011, Leishman dropped to T52 and missed last year’s cut.
Hideki Matsuyama [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #15
The 21-year-old from Japan is playing Torrey Pines for the first time. He pulled out of the Sony Open with a wrist injury, however, so double check his availability as the tournament draws near. The phenom won four times on the Japanese Tour last year and held his own in majors.
Brendon de Jonge [Yahoo Class A]
Dating back to last year, de Jonge has finished inside the top 20 in 10 of his last 13 worldwide appearances. He finished a career-best T15 last year at Torrey Pines.
Lee Westwood [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #35
Westwood shook off a recent slide with a T5 showing at Dubai back in mid-November. That performance marks his first top-20 in eight starts. He last played Torrey Pines back in 2008 when he finished solo third in the U.S. Open.
Justin Leonard [Yahoo Class C]
Leonard is coming off a T3 in last week’s Humana Challenge. He finished solo fifth at Torrey Pines in 2008 and T36 in the U.S. Open that year, but didn’t play the course again until a T8 in 2012. Leonard returned last year, but finished outside of the top 70.
Matt Every [Yahoo Class A]
Every has finished 13th or better in five of his last nine starts, dating back to last year. He finished T15 in his 2010 Torrey Pines debut after sitting in fifth after three rounds, but missed the cut in 2012 and placed T60 last year.
Luke Guthrie [Yahoo Class C]
Guthrie is coming off a T18 in last week’s Humana Challenge. He finished T21 in his debut at Torrey Pines last year.
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