PGA Tour travels to storied Torrey Pines for this prestigious event
The Farmers Insurance Open is set for Jan. 28-31 at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego. 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 Farmers Insurance Open lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:
Rory McIlroy ($11,000)
At a place like Torrey Pines, where the legends tend to congregate atop the leaderboard, it's go big or go home, so we're going big with Rory — although a victory drought that extends to late 2019 has made him slightly cheaper. There's been no shortage of solid finishes on Rory's resume of late; he's coming off a solo third in Dubai this past weekend, and before that were top 10s at The Masters, U.S. Open and Tour Championship in late 2020. He finished T3 here last year and T5 the year before that. The victory drought has to end sometime; why not this week?
Marc Leishman ($8,700)
Leishman is the defending champion this week, but it's been something of a struggle for the Aussie since his one-shot win over Jon Rahm a year ago, with six missed cuts and only two top 10s. One of those top 10s came in his most recent outing, though — a T4 at the Sony — and we're betting that a return to the scene of his most recent triumph will reinvigorate the five-time winner.
Ryan Palmer ($8,400)
Palmer's an underrated course horse this week — he's gone T2, T13, T21 the last three years at Torrey Pines — and his current form is very solid (second on Tour in birdie average so far this season). His worst round since the U.S. Open is a 71. Not many holes in his game at this point, and he brings a veteran's savvy.
Max Homa ($7,400)
We keep waiting for this guy to break out, and this past weekend at the American Express, it looked like he might — until a final-round 76 left him T21. It was his second straight solid paycheck, though, following a T12 at the Mayakoba in early December. And a T9 at last year's Farmers kickstarted a great run of four straight top-14 finishes. A similar West Coast run is more than possible.
James Hahn ($7,100)
Hahn has cooled a bit after a scorching stretch in the fall that saw him post three straight top-9 finishes. But his ball-striking has been impeccable — he's second in driving accuracy and ninth in GIR. He doesn't have much of a record at the Farmers, but those numbers make him a threat.
Brandt Snedeker ($7,000)
Sneds is another former champion here — a two-time winner, in fact — whose recent form has been, shall we say, problematic. He's fallen out of the top 100 in the World Golf Ranking for the first time since 2009, and he arrives fresh off three straight missed cuts. But cheap course horses are valuable in this hobby, and Sneds' last top 10 was a T3 at — you guessed it — the 2020 Farmers Insurance Open. He's at a career crossroads and in need of a spark. Torrey Pines is just the place.