Farmers Insurance Open | Stats, Trends & Things You Don’t Need To Know


Courses: Torrey Pines North & Torrey Pines South
All golfers will play one round on the North Course and one round on the South Course before a 36-Hole Cut. All remaining golfers finish on the South Course.

A Mystery Wrapped In a Twinkie

Torrey Pines is a bit of an enigma. It plays relatively similar every year but the results from top players can be quite erratic. That’s because there are big numbers lurking and if you hit one shot out of position, it’s difficult to get back on track. Here are the best players on Torrey Pines (Farmers & U.S. Open) dating back to 2008:

  1. Jon Rahm (duh!) +3.02 | 24 Rounds

  2. Ryan Palmer +2.27 | 19 Rounds

  3. Brandt Snedeker +2.18 | 47 Rounds

  4. Tony Finau +2.13 | 28 Rounds

  5. Justin Thomas +1.80 | 8 Rounds

Hunky Tony Loves Poa

As you can see above, Finau has been shplendid at Torrey PinesThe great success has can be attributed to his putting on these tricky poa annua greens.

This is, by far, the course that Finau has putted best on during his career. Below is a list of the courses that he putts best on (minimum 10 rounds).

Let’s Meet-up!

I’ll be at Torrey Pines on Friday and Saturday. I’ll tweet out my location if you want to come say hi and watch some golf!

Just Be Half As Bad

Over the Last 50 rounds, there are some big names who grace the Strokes Gained Tee-to-Green leaderboard. Jon Rahm, Daniel Berger, Sungjae Im and … Luke List.

List is 2nd to only Rahm in SGT2G in that timeframe, but as expected, he’s hemorrhaging strokes on the putting surface. List, in his career, loses about 0.42 strokes per round with his flatstick. However on poa, he’s twice as good? Half as bad? Either way he’s losing only 0.22 strokes per round. That’s the math problem for List. If he can lose one stroke putting over four rounds, he’ll contend like he did last year (T10) and in 2018 (T12).

We’re Going Streaking!

The elusive birdie streak is so valuable in fantasy formats and will be hard to come by at Torrey Pines this week (especially the South Course). There are just some golfers who accomplish this feat more than others. The best streakers in this field, dating back to the start of last season:

  1. Aaron Wise 0.90 streaks per event

  2. Sam Burns 0.81

  3. Justin Thomas 0.77

  4. Bryson DeChambeau 0.75

  5. Jon Rahm 0.75

The Schedule For This Week

With the Wednesday start, that moves content all over the place this week. Here’s the updated schedule:

Plus round-by-round recaps and preview pods via The First Cut.

… to be continued