Who will win the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open? Tiger Woods will make his first start of the year at this tournament. Our research staff offers predictions and analysis. The 2017 Farmers Insurance Open is scheduled for January 26-29 at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego.
⦿ Finished T2 last week in Abu Dhabi.
⦿ Torrey Pines South Course favors big hitters.
⦿ Best finish at Farmers was a T3 in 2011.
⦾ Several missed cuts despite course compatibility.
⦾ Possible jet lag.
⦿ Two wins and two runner-ups at Torrey Pines.
⦿ Excellent short game and putting. Course knowledge.
⦾ Missed cut in his last PGA Tour start, no top 10 this season.
⦾ Mediocre length off the tee.
⦿ World's top ranked player.
⦿ 2015 winner with one other runner-up finish.
⦿ Finished T12 on his return from a three-month layoff.
⦾ Injury and rust are concerns.
⦿ Incredible record at this course, 7 Farmers titles and 1 US Open.
⦿ Last win here was in 2013.
⦿ Made the most birdies at the recent Hero Challenge.
⦾ First PGA Tour start of the 2016-17 season.
⦾ Short game is a big question mark.
🏆Winner: Dustin Johnson. The 7700-yard South Course at Torrey Pines generally favors powerful drivers of the ball. With the exception of Brandt Snedeker, most of the past champions including 7-time winner Tiger Woods hit the ball a long way. Due to the recent rain in San Diego, the course is expected to play longer and the rough will be thicker than normal. The condition perfectly suits someone like Dustin Johnson, who can drive it long and straight and also has the power to attack the pin even from the rough. Although Johnson's record at Torrey Pines is surprisingly mediocre, this could be the year where he finally breaks out and wins the Farmers Open. The 2016 Player of the Year comes into the tournament in good form, having finished second last week in Abu Dhabi.
💳Top 10 Finish: Brandt Snedeker. The defending champion is the third most successful player at this event, behind only Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. Snedeker managed to compensate for his modest length off the tee with his precise irons and masterful short game. His knowledge of the course is also extensive. However, the roughs are expected to more challenging this week due to the nearly ten inches of rain San Diego received the past three months. While Snedeker will likely find his way into contention again, it will be tough for him to overcome the big bombers in this field. He is still a good pick for a top-10 finish.