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Woods searching for an 8th Farmers Insurance win at Torrey Pines

Torrey Pines
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Staying in California this week, the PGA Tour will host some of the biggest names in golf at legendary Torrey Pines.

Speaking of legendary, Torrey Pines is synonymous with perhaps the biggest legend of them all: Tiger Woods. He’s back this week for a crack at an eighth title.

More significantly, Woods will be aiming to pull clear of Sam Snead and take sole ownership of most PGA Tour victories with 83.

The event will be played on two courses. The first two rounds will alternate between the North and South Courses. The weekend will see the top half of the field duke it out on the markedly more challenging South Course.

Who can stop the seemingly inevitable Tiger march?

Rory McIlroy returns to action for the first time since the DP World Tour Championship and leads the markets this week. He finished fifth on his debut last year and will be looking to kickstart his quest to recapture the World Number One spot.

Jon Rahm is a former champion here who must be on the cusp of a major breakthrough. The big-hitting Spaniard is a desert-course aficionado with all the talent in the world.

Defending champion Justin Rose had an otherwise forgettable 2019. Elsewhere, the likes of Xander Schauffele and Hideki Matsuyama are lurking on the undercard…

Past Winners

2019: Justin Rose (-21)
2018: Jason Day (-10)*
2017: Jon Rahm (-13)
2016: Brandt Snedeker (-6)
2015: Jason Day (-9)*

*Denotes a playoff

Outright Betting

Rory McIlroy (6/1)
Jon Rahm (15/2)
Tiger Woods (10/1)
Justin Rose (16/1)
Xander Schauffele (16/1)

Value Bets

Gary Woodland
To Win (25/1), To Place (11/2)

Woodland looks like a great fit, with solid course history and excellent current form.

His last four results at Torrey Pines read T18, T20, T12 and T9. Last time out he finished in a tie for 7th at the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

That was his third consecutive top seven finish following a 5th at the Zozo Championship and a T3 at the CJ Cup.

The current US Open Champion sits 12th on tour for GIR and 14th for scoring average.

Keegan Bradley
To Win (75/1), To Place (16/1)

It makes sense that Bradley would do well at Torrey Pines.

One of the best drivers on tour, and one of the highest hitters, Bradley came close here in both 2017 and 2018.

He finished 12th last time out at the Sony Open, which was his first start after two months away. It was also his best finish in that event in eight starts.

He currently sits at 53 in the world rankings. He’s won at Firestone, which is another course renowned for intimidating length.

The Man to Beat

Tiger Woods
To Win (10/1), To Place (24/10)

Tiger at Torrey Pines at 10/1 is one thing. But Tiger at Torrey Pines in current form is quite another.

Woods has won in three of his last fifteen starts.

He has seven wins in this event. Add to that the fact that he won the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines, outlasting Rocco Mediate in a play-off whilst virtually on one leg.

Woods will certainly pass Sam Snead and hold the outright lead with PGA Tour wins soon enough. Could this be the week? It just seems to perfectly align, despite the strength of competition.

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