Jan 24th, 2018
The Golf Spiv calls The Farmers at Torrey Pines
Where does the real value lie this week?
Words: The Golf Spiv
So far in 2018, our Spiv has walked away with the cash thanks to Pat Perez at the Tournament of Champions and Tommy Fleetwood’s awesome win at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. Now he aims for a hat-trick as he takes on the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.
The big news this week is that Tiger is back. Unlike the Hero Challenge, this one is for real and we will fully judge if he is back for good. The bookies like his chances placing him at 22/1 to win here at Torrey Pines. However, as much as I would like to see him do that, I think it might be a step too far. Hopefully, he makes the cut.
Jon Rahm starts as the favourite and it is easy to see why. A victory last week will make him hungry for more as he enters as the defending champion. His best odds are hanging around the 8/1 mark.
However, despite that, old Spiv likes his odds a little more worthwhile. With that in mind, here is who I’m placing my money on this week.
Justin Rose 16/1 (William Hill):
Rose’s recent record speaks for itself. Three wins out of seven put him in good shape entering Torrey Pines. He also likes this track with a T-4th finish here last year. 16/1 seems more than fair given that record.
Charles Howell III:
I 40/1 (Coral):
Some people just love a course that suits them and with that in mind, Charles Howell III is your man. He has finished runner-up on three occasions and produced seven top 10 finishes here. Looks like a solid E/W.
Ollie Schniederjans 50/1 (Coral):
Not heard of him before? Here’s why you should consider him. A top ten finish here last year and finished in the top ten at the Sony Open. The bookies have seen his odds drop since the market opened with plenty thinking about him. Looking at that trend makes me want to place an E/W.
Adam Hadwin 70/1 (BetFred):
Comes in following a solid tie for third at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Has the game that is for sure and with some much-needed confidence he could be ready to challenge here. 70/1 is the best price and could be a good outsider.
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