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2020 PGA Tour Farmers Insurance Open Odds & Picks; Tiger Woods Listed at +1100

Michael Harrison

by Michael Harrison in Golf

Jan 20, 2020 · 9:01 AM PST

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Tiger Woods is one of the favorites at the 2020 Farmers Insurance Open. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.
  • The Farmers Insurance Open tees off Thursday, January 23rd
  • Tiger Woods making first start of 2020 at a tournament he’s dominated
  • See the golfers with the best value to emerge victorious

The first event of the PGA Tour in 2020 that has serious star power sees the likes of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and defending champion Justin Rose teeing it up at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California.

El Tigre has treated Torrey Pines as his personal playground in his career to the tune of seven tournament victories plus the epic 2008 US Open triumph where he won in a playoff on one leg.

Big Cat’s recent history at this venue, however, has not been as kind as it once was, where he hasn’t posted a top ten since winning in 2013.

2020 Farmers Insurance Open Odds

Golfer Odds Sportsbook 1 Odds at Sportsbook 2
Rory McIlroy +600 +500
Jon Rahm +800 +750
Tiger Woods +1100 +1100
Xander Schauffele +1800 +1800
Justin Rose +1800 +2000
Hideki Matsuyama +2000 +1800
Rickie Fowler +2000 +2500
Tony Finau +2500 +3300
Sungjae Im +2800 +2800
Gary Woodland +3300 +2500

Odds taken January 20th

Tiger’s Long History on This Course

It has been well documented that Tiger Woods used to absolutely tear up this place easily to the tune of those aforementioned eight victories and in his last official tour event he matched Sam Snead for the most wins on tour with 82 at the ZOZO Championship.

However, it hasn’t been a walk in the park for Tiger at Torrey Pines since his last trophy in 2013, whether it be him staggering around when he was still injured or has been the case in the last couple years, his back tightening up during cooler January temperatures in California which haven’t resulted in a victory lap.

Tiger Woods’ Finishes at Farmers Insurance Open Since 2013

Year Result
2019 T-20th
2018 T-23rd
2017 Missed Cut
2015 Withdrew
2014 T-80th

*Did not play in 2016 due to injury

It’s not as if Woods has been brutal on this track, but in recent history it hasn’t been so kind for him. This is a difficult one to predict because he won the ZOZO Championship then finished fourth at the Hero World Challenge in his last two tournaments, but I’d be inclined to pass on Woods this week at +1100 given the recent history here.

Past Five Winners of The Farmers Insurance Open

Year Winner
2019 Justin Rose
2018 Jason Day
2017 Jon Rahm
2016 Brandt Snedeker
2015 Jason Day

2020 Farmers Insurance Open Best Value Picks

  1. Xander Schauffele (+1800): In last five PGA Tour events, he’s posted three runner-ups and two other T-10th finishes. In last two official tournaments, made it into a playoff at the Sentry Tournament of Champions and HSBC Champions before being bested both times.
  2. Jason Day (+4000): While his game hasn’t been as sharp, which has pushed his odds down, Day has won two of the last five times this tournament has been contested. Too good of a player with too good of a track record here to pass up at these odds.
  3. Cameron Champ (+8000): Capable of winning on any week, the long driving Champ picked up his second trophy in the fall at the Safeway Open. Since then, he’s been solid on tour with T-14th and T-21st results to kick off 2020.
  4. Scott Stallings (+15000): Super deep dive with potential for massive upside. Stallings won this tournament in 2014 and finished runner-up in a playoff the following year.
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