The PGA Tour returns to one of the most popular golf courses. A star-studded field heads to La Jolla, California for the 2021 Farmers Insurance Open from the Torrey Pines Golf Course. Fittingly, you can find your 2021 Farmers Insurance Open Gambling Preview & Strategies here.
Here is everything you need to know about the event before placing a single bet on it.
2021 Farmers Insurance Open Field
There are plenty of big names traveling to Torrey Pines this week. However, the more interesting tidbits in the field are more about who is not here.
Biggest name that doesn’t play is Tiger Woods. He announced last week that he has had another back surgery and will be on hiatus for at least another month. Going under the knife for your back for the fifth time is never good for a 45-year-old athlete. In the short term, fans won’t see him play at the site of what is perhaps his greatest and most impressive major championship win.
Another name that I’m surprised isn’t here is Bryson DeChambeau. Bryson is known for meticulously dissecting and over-preparing the game of golf. I am stunned that he’s not at Torrey Pines this week and is exploring the golf course ahead of the US Open in June. Bryson’s play is a perfect match for Torrey Pines. It would have done him good to play this event and get a preview of what to expect in June.
Jon Rahm is the horse for the course. Rahm won his first PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines in 2017 and has some other great results there. He’s a very popular pick for winning both this week and the US Open in June.
Another big star who debuted on the PGA Tour in 2021 is Rory McIlroy. McIlroy is fresh from an impressive performance in Abu Dhabi on the European Tour. He will make the long journey from the Middle East to California to attend one of his finest events on the PGA Tour. Despite the success, he has never won this tournament. He will hope to not only break this drought, but also a PGA Tour winning streak that dates back to fall 2019.
Other well-known personalities in this field include Jason Day, Tony Finau, Rickie Fowler, Viktor Hovland, Brooks Koepka, Hideki Matsuyama, Patrick Reed, Xander Schauffele, Adam Scott, Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson and Matthew Wolff.
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The golf courses
Torrey Pines is a community golf course that was built in 1957 on the site of an old US Army base north of San Diego. The golf course was designed by William Bell and has two 18-hole courses on the north and south sides of the property. The PGA Tour has made Torrey Pines a regular stop on the tour since 1968.
By 2000, the US Open had an appetite for municipal public golf courses to improve the game. Torrey Pines was selected by the US Open to host the 2008 event. They hired Rees Jones to redesign the golf course so that it was suitable for championship play.
The revisions to the South Course included a substantial extension to counter advances in golf technology. Greens have also been repositioned closer to the canyons to bring them into play. Eventually Jones added numerous fairway bunkers to challenge the pros from the tee. The course has been extended over 500 meters and runs nearly 7,800 meters from the peaks.
While the USGA loved the golf course’s new look, it had more than a few critics. The South Course is often viewed as “spoiled for view” by the nerdy golf architecture because it lacks the imagination. Tom Pernice called it “a typical piece of trash Rees Jones design”. Since it was changed for professionals, it became an absolute giant for amateurs. If you were to run the golf course from the back tees, you would be covering nearly five miles on your Fitbit.
If I look at the layout, I agree that it has Rees Jones’ lackluster fingerprints everywhere:
Some people like this type of golf. Big ball parks. Narrow fairways. Deep rough. Hard potholes through trapped fairway bunkers. For me personally, I see this golf course and find it boring and excessively punishable for amateurs. Especially for the price an underdog would pay to play it. While locals enjoy it for a lot less, anyone who wants to play this bucket list golf course will pay over $ 250 to get their asses kicked for six hours. That doesn’t include $ 50 lost on golf balls lost forever in the canyons and deep rough.
From an architectural point of view, nothing else stands out about the property than the view of the Pacific. Each hole is an infinite parade of straight, narrow holes of enormous length. All of them have fairway bunkers that make teeing off difficult. And almost every green is guarded by two bunkers on the left and right. If you’ve seen one hole in Torrey Pines South, you’ve seen them all.
In the meantime, the north course was redesigned in 2016 by Tom Weiskopf. In contrast to its big brother in the south, Weiskopf tried to redesign the north course for amateurs and not for professionals. As such, Weiskopf enlarged the green, removed eighteen bunkers (mostly fairway variety) and felled dozen of trees due to beetle infestation. While the removal of the trees disappointed some, it opened up the golf course considerably, giving way to spectacular coastal views.
The most beneficial change to the golf course was the simplest. They decided to flip the nines to have the back nine play along the canyons and the Pacific coast. This provides a dramatic finale to a round and ensures that a golfer runs away with fantastic memories no matter how badly they play.
I have had many criticisms of Torrey Pines so far, but I will stop here with a compliment. As a passionate public golf enthusiast, it is very affordable and accessible to San Diego residents. Locals can play Torrey Pines South with a cart for $ 126 over the weekend. That’s a steal considering it’s one of the most famous golf courses in the United States and is on the bucket list of many amateur golfers. And if someone wants to go out for a twilight lap after work, locals can do it with a cart for just $ 48.
But for towers looking to get a course off the bucket list, I recommend heading north to either Monterrey or Bandon Dunes in Oregon. If you’re looking to spend that much money to get out of there anyway, it’s better to play superior golf courses than this.
2021 Farmers Insurance Open Gambling Strategies
As with the American Express last week, the first two laps will split the field between the north and south courses. Despite the renovation work, the north square is still much easier to play than the south square. DFS players should focus on guys playing showdown competitions on the North Course on Thursday and Friday. For the entire tournament, ShotLink data is only stored on the South Course and three game rounds are carried out. Hence, players should ignore the north course as its results are irrelevant to the final results.
There is one common attribute that players should consider year after year – driving distance. The south course is an absolute monster. With narrow fairways and punishing rough, it offers longer players an enormous advantage over a player who lacks distance.
Some people have the misconception that lengthening a golf course, narrowing the fairways, and increasing the penalty increase the importance of driving accuracy. This is an absolutely false claim. This type of golf course reduces the likelihood of everyone hitting the fairway, and shorter clubs are penalized more than longer clubs. It forces short hitters to knock a longer iron out of the rough, which is a very difficult task even for professionals. For a longer shot, it is much easier to dig a wedge or high iron from the deep rough onto the green.
In fact, at Torrey Pines, it has been shown that, statistically, the driving distance is much more important to success than the average PGA Tour golf course:
Another factor to consider is that the grass at Torrey Pines is poa. Almost every player on the field grew up on bentgrass or Bermuda grass. Poa plays very differently and is an unfamiliar type of grass for many. It is actually an invasive species of grass and has over 500 varieties. It can be mixed with different varieties to create different turf conditions from one golf course to the next. These different strains also have different growth rates, with some growing more slowly than others.
The biggest difference between Poa Annua and other types of grass is how it plays on the greens. While bentgrass rolls pretty right, and Bermuda plays faster or slower depending on the grain, applying surfaces with Poa Annua can be pretty bumpy and inconsistent, especially later in the day. This can sometimes result in a crapshoot being placed on a mixed putting surface with varying grass growth rates. This means that without a mistake by the player, a throw over the wrong blade of grass can send a putt offline.
Players must also check the weather report before placing bets. Torrey Pines really shows its teeth in cold weather and when the wind is blowing. In these conditions, its length and stormy conditions make it very difficult to hit many holes in the regulation on the green. Scrambling and wedge play are becoming increasingly important as almost everyone misses the green at high rates. However, in calm conditions, long ball specialists have a distinct advantage as they have the club head speed to carry both fairway bunkers and grooves out of the rough. Shorter clubs are at a disadvantage when Torrey Pines becomes a long drive competition.
At this point in time the weather seems cold and stormy. Maybe a short hitter will win after all.
Finally, the following players won over one stroke per round (at least 12 rounds) on the South Course this week:
- Jon Rahm – +2.66
- Tony Finau – +2.07
- Brandt Snedeker – +1.85
- Charles Howell III – +1.83
- Bubba Watson – +1.77
- Marc Leishman – +1.68
- Jason Day – +1.56
- Hideki Matsuyama – +1.53
- Talor Gooch – +1.47
- Keegan Bradley – +1.27
- Phil Mickelson – +1.25
- Ryan Palmer – +1.21
- JJ Spaun – +1.12
- Patrick Reed – +1.03
Almost everyone on this list has serious tee off firepower. The only exceptions are Brandt Snedeker and Patrick Reed. Both have had success at Torrey Pines under difficult conditions. Here your wonderful wedge game and crawling shines best over the rest of the field. But alongside these two, this event is dominated by the bombers.
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