2019 Farmers Insurance Open Fantasy Sleeper Report
It’s sports betting Valhalla: landing that 500/1 shot that has come from nowhere.
Adam Long, surely the most unlikely winner of a PGA TOUR event in decades, took the spoils at last week’s Desert Classic despite boasting a previous best of T63, with seven cuts made in his last eight starts.
If you saw that one coming, congratulations!
We’re not expecting a winner at quite those Vegas odds this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, where the cream has tended to rise to the top. Tiger Woods (x7), Phil Mickelson (x2), Jason Day (x2), John Daly, Jose-Maria Olazabal….these are all major champions that have won at Torrey Pines.
Other victors – Brandt Snedeker, Jon Rahm, Nick Watney – these are all class acts, and so it’s quite likely that a top-notch talent will get the job done in La Jolla this week.
Brandt Snedeker of the United States plays his shot from the first tee during the final round of the Sony Open In Hawaii at Waialae Country Club on January 13, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
With the weather set fair that theme should continue, and that’s largely down to the complexity of the South Course, which really is a difficult layout for the players to navigate.
Supremely long at 7,698 yards, the fairways are also unfairly narrow, and that puts a real premium on the Total Driving side of things. The Poa Annua greens are large in size and super-fast, and well protected by bunkers. Rees Jones, who redesigned the layout in 2001, was perhaps in a bad mood at the time….
The South Course hosts three rounds of the event, and the other – either Thursday or Friday – is played out at the North Course.
This is a much more forgiving layout, playing at roughly two strokes lower on average than its counterpart. Shorter, easier and with receptive Bentgrass greens, the players will be looking to make hay on the day they are drawn at the North.
Incidentally, each of the last eight winners played the South Course on Thursday, so that might be an angle worth following.
Otherwise, we’re looking at classy operators able to grind out a score, rather than take a course apart.
As such, here is a quintet of sleepers that might just take care of business at the Farmers Insurance Open.
The Farmers Insurance Open Fantasy Sleeper Report
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Sleeper Report Predictions This Season (2018-2019)
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