2022 Farmers Insurance Open Buys & Picks: 3 Players To Bet at Torrey Pines
Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images. Pictured: Hideki Matsuyama.
- The PGA TOUR brings a stacked field to Torrey Pines for the 2022 Farmers Insurance Open.
- While Jon Rahm sits atop every odds board, there's value to be found with experienced players who thrive on these tracks.
- Chris Murphy breaks down which golfers bettors should target early in the week.
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Hudson Swafford came out of the pack on Sunday at The American Express to hoist the trophy in Palm Springs. He captured his third career win with the victory, as he closed with a final-nine 31 with five birdies and an eagle to seal the deal. Tom Hoge finished as the closest contender, but he ultimately fell two shots short.
Now, the TOUR heads down the California coast for its annual stop at Torrey Pines for the Farmers Insurance Open. It will be the first full-field tournament where the big names will gather to play in 2022, and it will also be the first time the tournament will be held Wednesday through Saturday.
The TOUR announced when the schedule was released it would try a Saturday finish, in part to avoid the AFC and NFC Championship games on Sunday, but also to provide a Saturday primetime finish on the East Coast. It should be a ton of fun to have golf in the spotlight, especially early in the week, and it’s great to see all of the big names set to tee it up.
Torrey Pines was also the host of last year’s U.S. Open, so while Patrick Reed is the defending champion of this event, Jon Rahm won a tournament on this course in 2021. He will undoubtedly be the favorite when odds roll out on Monday morning, but names like Xander Schauffele, Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson shouldn’t be too far behind him. Here are the names I’m looking out for to start the week for the 2022 Farmers Insurance Open.
The winner of the 2022 Sony Open will come in hot, now having won two of his last three TOUR events. He has all the confidence in the world and will roll into an event where he has posted some solid results in the past.
Hideki gained more than seven shots on the field tee to green at the Sony Open and seven more putting during that event. That certainly is a recipe for winning, and while it may seem unlikely that he can repeat that feat on the greens during this week’s event, he has actually gained six or more strokes with his putter at the Farmers twice. I’ll be interested to see where the 2021 Masters champion falls on the odds board on Monday, and I may be ready to make a move on him if he gets overlooked among some of the other names.
I did not expect to be writing up Francesco Molinari this early in 2022, but here we are. He had a great finish to his week at The American Express to close out a T-6, and he is someone that has always loved Torrey Pines. Even in his off-year of 2021, he still posted a 13th-place finish at last year’s U.S. Open, and I expect we will get some good odds on the Italian on Monday.
Molinari put himself in contention during the middle of his final round on Sunday at the Stadium Course, as he gained better than two strokes on the field with his ball-striking. As usual, his putter left a few chances out there, but it was certainly a great debut for the 2018 Champion Golfer of the Year. As I mentioned, he had a good finish at the U.S. Open last year, but he also put together a top-10 during this tournament last January. He will be the name I am looking for to provide some value to my card as I make my bets to start the week.
Another player that showed he may be ready for a solid 2022 is Justin Rose. He closed the final round on Sunday with a 3-under 69, after posting a 67 on Saturday to sneak inside the cut line. He is another player that has historically loved playing Torrey Pines, with a win and two more Top-10 finishes in three of his last four trips to this tournament. He didn’t have the same success as my other two picks during the more difficult set-up of last year’s major, but I won’t let that deter me from having some interest in the Englishman.
We saw Rose open at +5500 last week at The American Express in what was a smaller field, and if we get better than that at open for the Farmers, I will have some interest. He’s a player that can get hot with his game at times, and I like the way he bounced back from a tough Friday to close with a couple of strong rounds over the weekend in La Quinta.
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