The Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament is set for Jan. 24-27 at Torrey Pines Golf Club in La Jolla, Calif. That means it’s time to pick your optimal FanPicks fantasy golf lineup. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help.
Here’s what our best Farmers Insurance Open 2019 lineup looks like:
Tiger Woods ($7,600)
He’s rested, he’s ready, and he’s on familiar turf. There are horses for courses, and then there’s Tiger at Torrey Pines, where he’s some combo of Secretariat and Pegasus. Tiger’s an eight-time champion at Torrey, and for the first time since his last win there (2013), he enters the tournament as a legitimate threat to win it. Once he gets in contention at Torrey, muscle memory kicks in and he cruises; the last time he finished in the top 10 at the Farmers but didn’t win came in 2004, back when it was the Buick, and he’s won it five times since.
Alex Noren ($6,200)
The third-round leader at the Farmers in 2018, Noren lost to Jason Day in a playoff in his Farmers debut and arrives with unfinished business. The only issue is rust — he hasn’t played since the Hero in early December. One of many heroes of the Euro Ryder Cup demolition squad in 2018, Noren has won at least one tournament in four straight years.
Brandt Snedeker ($6,200)
Sneds is another course horse who saves much of his best work for Torrey Pines — two wins (2012, 2016), two seconds, seven top 10s. Shot four rounds in the 60s at the Sony a couple weeks ago to finish T16, so he’s close. If his health holds up, he’s poised for a strong year.
J.B. Holmes ($5,900)
Bomber actually rolled the rock brilliantly at last year’s Farmers in finishing fourth, his third top-6 finish at Torrey in four years. Two of Holmes’ four career wins have come during the West Coast portion of the schedule, so this good old boy is comfy on Pacific time.
Daniel Berger ($5,800)
In his first action since September, Berger shot four rounds in the 60s at the Desert Classic and finished T12. On Sunday, he didn’t miss a putt inside 10 feet. If he’s fully recovered from a wrist injury that put a damper on his 2018 season, he’s dangerous.
Rory Sabbatini ($5,200)
The Tour’s other Rory is strictly a course play this week: He has seven top 25s and two top 5s at Torrey since 2002. Finished T20 last year after a solid ball-striking week. Interesting footnote: The South Africa native is now a citizen of Slovakia and is clearly thinking about playing in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo under the Slovakian flag.