STAR PREVIEW: Farmers Insurance Open with BLUE HORSESHOE


pleasing result last week for followers, with Cameron Davis coming in third alone at 70/1. It could have been a win if Davis hadn’t let his second from the fairway on the par five sixteenth leak into the cavernous greenside bunker, from where he could only manage a par. But looking at the big picture, I’m happy with the result because he was a player I noted in my write up here at the beginning of this year as a young player of real talent and one to follow. It gives me confidence that I’m on the right track with what I’m seeing.

This week we head to the iconic coastal venue of Torey Pines, just down the road from the city of San Diego. The field will play the north and south courses on Thursday and Friday with the south course, which is a considerably tougher track, taking the final two rounds over the weekend.

While water is present, it’s not a hazard. But the off shore winds that whip up can be brutal and they have wrecked many a promising card, so it’s no surprise that course experience and a strong ball striking game have both proven to be important factors here. With a win and a string of good finishes, Jon Rahm is the hot favourite to win this week. But as I’ve said many times – anyone can tip red hot favourites! My goal is to try and find some value for us all.

Farmers Insurance Open
Torrey Pines South and North, La Jolla, San Diego, California
Thursday 21st January – Sunday 24th January
Live on Sky Sports Golf HD, from 5.00pm Thursday

Blue Horseshoe Loves:

Mark Leishman – currently at 35/1 with

Leishman is the defending Farmers Open champion, having hit a sumptuous seven under 65 to beat Jon Rahm by a shot here last year. Leishman has been building to some good form with solid early season performances at the two PGA events in Hawaii. This testing coastal layout suits his strong approach game and I think he’s been targeting this event to peak at.

Cameron Davis  – currently at 60/1 with

I’m doubling up on Australians here (never an easy option as a proud kiwi!) but I was so impressed by the form Davis showed to finish third last week and the freedom with which he was swinging that I’m going to back him to perform well again this week. He looks an excellent prospect longer term, but he’s clearly in the zone currently and one of my policies this year was to stick with players in form.

Xander Schauffele  – currently at 13/1 with

This guy is way overdue for another win. He got really close a couple of times towards the end of 2020 and started the new year solidly enough at the Sentry in Hawaii. Schauffele was born and raised in San Diego, so he knows the local conditions and courses very well. If the coastal winds don’t make it too much of a lottery and he hits the ground running on Thursday, this could be the tournament where he regains that winning feeling.

Tom Hoge – currently at 150/1 with

This is another young player I’ve marked out for good things in 2021 based on a string of encouraging performances last year. One of those performances was an excellent effort to finish alone in fifth place on 11 under at this very tournament last year. That course form and his triple figure odds makes for a compelling case to have him each way. I’ve got big wraps on this young man for 2021 and beyond.

BACK Xander Schauffele 1.5 pts each/way at 13/1 with
BACK Marc Leishman 1 pt each/way at 35/1 with
BACK Cameron Davis 1 pt each/way at 60/1 with
BACK Tom Hoge 1 pt each/way at 150/1 with

Each way 1/5 odds, 6 places

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