The PGA Tour heads to Torrey Pines this week for the Farmers Insurance Open where length and the ability to go low are at a premium and experience seems to be required. Arnold Palmer was the last 1st-timer to win this event back in 1957 the same month the Frisbee was introduced, Elvis made his last appearance on the Ed Sullivan show, and the first electric watch was introduced. So needless to say, we’ll be going with experience in this event.
The other key strategy here is to get the North course for all 8 of your roster choices. Normally I don’t make roster moves until the 3rd round, but in this one I’ll swap out all 4 starters after day 1. Torrey North is ranked as the 7th-easiest of 21 par 72s in non-majors last season and is a shot easier per round than the familiar Torrey South. My bench picks, as a result, are tentative based on draw since I’ll have my bench play the flip course of my starters and swap them all in round 2. The first 2 rounds are one on each course with the final 2 rounds with everyone that made the cut on the South course.
Congratulations to “One Man Wolfpack” who became our 3rd winner in the first 3 tournaments in our Fantasy CPR group (c’mon and join us). He took the win with 108 points led by Martin Laird, Chris Kirk, and Matt Kuchar. Last week, my guys finished out strong and I was able to get all 4 slots past the cut and finish with 104 points to move up into a tie for 3rd in our group which is now led by Winealot bo who grabbed the top spot by a single point from Boss of the Moss.
Here’s my current picks, which I’ll update if the draw affects my selections: UPDATE now posted here.
Nick Watney- I’m already a Watney start down but his four times in the top 10 in seven tries are too good to pass up. The A group is one where I don’t mind burning starts early as much since there’s usually plenty of quality options. Watney’s for sure and my first pick to go on the other side of the draw is,
Charles Howell III-He may not have gone to Baylor like RG3 and PJ3 but CH3 had a quality history at the event, making 9 cuts in 9 tries and finishing top 15 6 different times. It’s his second tourney of the year and he looked to be in good form last week at Humana, making the cut and finishing T49.
Brandt Snedeker-Sneds is money at Torrey (3 top tens in 5 tries) and playing well with a top 10 last week.
D.A. Points-Points has a good history here (solo 5 last year) and is in good form after T12 and T6 to start the year.
Ernie Els-Els has been playing well overseas and comes to this event where he’s 2-2 in making not only the cut but also the top 10.
Rickie Fowler-Fowler has a solid history here although unspectacular (t20 last year, t5 previous). It’s his first tournament of the year so it’s a high-risk play since there’s no indication of what form he’s in. If I have to change anybody in this group he’s the first one to be replaced. It’s a little bit of a hunch here, but I do think he’s going to have a huge year.
Ben Crane-Group C doesn’t lack for options this week, but does have a problem with quality options. Crane will be the obvious choice coming off 2 top 10’s (T8 last week), his history at the event where he’s won and has top 25’s in 5 of 7 tries is just too much to miss out on. Experience is the key at Torrey and he’s got good experience here.
Pat Perez-Coming off a top 15 last week and a scorching 63 to close out in the desert. Perez does have a mixed history here, but is the hot hand. I’ll hope he and Crane come up opposite. If not, I’ll search through the piles of C-groupers for another option.