Sobel’s Farmers Insurance Open Matchup Bets: Take the Guy With a Bigger Chip on His Shoulder in Round 3

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  • Jason Sobel gives out his three favorite matchup bets for the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.
  • He's expecting Patrick Reed to play like he has something to prove against his Ryder Cup teammate Jordan Spieth.

Following yesterday’s 3-0 performance, I’d like to welcome the millions of you who have come flocking to to this daily matchup piece.

(Yes, I’m kidding… maybe.)

Bets for the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open start with the headliner — and I don’t mean the final group.

Season record: 19-25-2 (-7.06 units)

Patrick Reed over Jordan Spieth (-110)

Immediately after last year’s Ryder Cup — like, within an hour or so — Reed whined that he hadn’t been paired with Spieth and hinted at his former partner to blame for submarining him.

I don’t suspect there will be much Ryder Cup talk in this group, but Reed plays his best golf when he’s got a chip on his shoulder. Couple that with the fact that I’m still not sold on Spieth tackling the South Course and I’ll take Reed here.

Adam Svensson over Talor Gooch (+115)

Prior to the opening round, there were a lot of rumblings about Svensson loving Torrey Pines. Apparently, that isn’t just true; he specifically loves the South Course, proven by a 5-under 67 on Friday. Gooch is running hot for the second week in a row, but I’ll take the ‘dog in this matchup.

Scott Brown over Jason Day (+235)

Day is the defending champion, has won here two of the past four years and, oh right, he’s really good. But even though he cashed for us over Jon Rahm in the second round, he looked rather ordinary. Give me the big plus-money and the underrated Brown, with fingers on each hand fully crossed throughout the day.