PGA DFS Playbook - Farmers Insurance Open
Drew Phelps explores every Fairway, reads every Green and uses his DFS Golf experience to put together a winning DFS Playbook for the Farmers Insurance Open.
Byeong Hun An ruined my weekend but you can't win them all. I mentioned several times last week that it was a really hard tournament to gauge with the three course setup. Just another reason that I avoided cash games for the most part. I am still really pleased with the start of the season and I'm going to try to keep the good times rolling into the Farmers Insurance Open.
Torrey Pines is a 36-hole municipal public golf facility owned by the city of San Diego, California. It sits on the coastal cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean in the community of La Jolla, just south of Torrey Pines State Reserve. It hosted the 2008 U.S. Open which was the last time Tiger Woods won a Major Championship before his 2019 Masters victory.
Speaking of Tigers Woods, he'll make his 2019 debut this week. This is the first time he's teed it up since his victory at the ZOZO Championship in October. He is being really smart with his selections of tournament to play and this one comes as no surprise being that he basically grew up on this course. He has also won on this track a record seven times, six of which came at the Farmers Insurance Open. While I love the guy, he won't be in my playbook. Despite him knowing this course inside and out, I want to see Tiger tee it up and knock the holiday rust off before I throw him into my lineup especially at his price. You can feel free to play him and I won't fault you if you do. He does have a chance to reclaim the top spot in the World Golf Rankings this weekend. I may put him in a GPP but I will not be overweight on him in the least.
Back to the Farmers Insurance, this tournament is played over two courses. The players will play each the North and South courses on Thursday and Friday but then play the last 36-holes over the weekend on the tougher South course. The North course is the easier course and measures out to only 7,258 yards and is a Par 72. If you are playing the showdowns, make sure you stack your golfers playing on that course. The South course is consistently ranked as one of the toughest tracks on tour and stretches out 7,698 yards. These players must take advantage of the short North course to make the weekend. All players will miss fairways this week, so you can play your bombers. You should be targeting players who hit greens especially from the rough. The greens are poa annua which basically means that no putt is safe, no matter the distance but some players thrive on them. Tee-to-Green, Driving Distance, Strokes Gained Around the Green and Ball Striking are the key stats this weekend. Also Torrey features a lot of long Par 4s and so I'll look at 400-500 yards gained.
My One and Done Pick will be Tony Finau.
Good Luck this Weekend.