Best bets for PGA Tour's Farmers Insurance Open

By Wes Reynolds  (Point Spread Weekly) 

January 26, 2021 10:13 PM
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Si Woo Kim earned his third career PGA Tour victory by holding off a hard-charging Patrick Cantlay to win the American Express by one stroke at a price as high as 66-1. Kim led the field for Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green and finished second in the field for Strokes Gained: Approach, and he’s priced at 40-1 for this week's Farmers Insurance Open. Cantlay, not in this week's field, made the cut last week on the number and went on to make 20 birdies on the weekend, including 11 on Sunday to shoot 61. 
World No. 2 Jon Rahm withdrew last week, citing a workout injury. He won here in his debut in 2017 and finished runner-up last year and is once the tournament favorite at 7-1. Rory McIlroy (8-1) failed to close the 54-hole lead in Abu Dhabi last week and settled for a third-place finish, which is now his eighth time finishing in the top three at Abu Dhabi without a victory in 11 career starts. Xander Schauffele (12-1) is a San Diego native who played his collegiate golf at San Diego State, but he has made the cut in this event only once in five career appearances. 
 
Tony Finau (20-1) has three finishes of sixth or better here in the last four years and earned yet another top-10 or better finish without gaining a victory, adding to his total of 35 without a victory since the 2016-17 season. Harris English opened the 2021 calendar year with a victory at the Sentry Tournament of Champions three weeks ago, and he is priced at 25-1 along with Patrick Reed. 
Players priced in the 30-1 range include Hideki Matusyama, Viktor Hovland, Sungjae Im, and Brooks Koepka, who recently split with coach Claude Harmon III. Defending Farmers Insurance Open champion Marc Leishman is listed at 40-1. 
 
THE EVENT
The Farmers Insurance Open was founded in 1952 as the San Diego Open and was initially played at the San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista. The event is organized by the Century Club of San Diego. The tournament was played at several courses in the San Diego area before finding a permanent home at Torrey Pines Golf Course in 1968.
 
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