Tiger headlines an elite field this week
The 2020 Farmers Insurance Open is set for Jan. 23-26 at Torrey Pines GC (South) in San Diego, California. That means it's time to pick your optimal DraftKings fantasy golf lineup. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help.
Here's what our best 2020 Farmers Insurance Open lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:
Tiger Woods ($10,800)
It's hard to ignore the three R's this week — Rory McIlroy, Rahm and Justin Rose, the defending champ — but hear us out. Woods specializes in rising to the occasion, so it wouldn't be the least bit surprising to see him earn his record-setting 83rd PGA Tour victory against a world-class field on a legendary track. Tiger owns Torrey Pines like you or I might own a piece of a Panama City timeshare — he has eight wins at the venue, including the 2008 U.S. Open. Woods has recently added to his legend, showing that his 2019 Masters win was anything but a last gasp. He won his last official start at the ZOZO Championship, shooting 64-64-66-67 to tie Sam Snead with his 82nd win, and he followed that up with a 3-0 record as the victorious playing captain at the Presidents Cup. I'd say he's back.
Brandt Snedeker ($8,400)
Sneds is one of eight former Farmers champions teeing it up this week (his win came in 2016), so the paddock is crowded with course horses. His short-game mastery makes him a slightly more reliable play than some of the others, though. He's 10th in SG: Around the Green, and that ability to erase mistakes should put him in contention this week. He has two top 20s on the young season, including a T12 at the Sony in his last appearance.
Billy Horschel ($8,100)
Weird year so far for Billy Ho — a T6 at the ZOZO and T8 at the Mayakoba, followed by MC at the RSM and AmEx. We're looking for a bounce-back this week, though, for a guy who's rolling the rock with aplomb (6th in SG: Putting). Finished solo 8th at the Farmers in 2019 and T8 in 2016.
Ryan Palmer ($8,000)
Palmer's days as a hidden gem are coming to an end, and his price is starting to rise. That's what happens when you post T12, T10, T17, and T4 in your four most recent outings. He doesn't dazzle with stats — although he is 11th in SG: Off-the-Tee — but he gets the ball in the hole, ranking 17th in scoring on the young season (69.8). Has some course-horse value, too, after finishes of T13 and T2 in his last two Farmers.
Phil Mickelson ($7,500)
Why not go all in this week by picking the Robin to Tiger's Batman? And it's not just a nostalgia play, especially when you consider the bargain price. Lefty has won this event three times and is a San Diego native — suffice it to say he's comfortable here. He won at Pebble last year, so a West Coast win on a familiar track is part of his recent history. He hasn't contended in a while, but he showed flashes of vintage Phil at the American Express, pulling driver at every opportunity.
Brendan Steele ($7,100)
We were feeling pretty good about our Steele pick last week until a couple of double bogeys down the stretch cost him a lot of American Express prize money. Still, there's a lot to like here, especially for the price — he just needs to close stronger, after a pair of over-par final rounds cost him dearly the last two weeks. Thursday through Saturday, he's been as good as anybody over the last fortnight.