Welcome into this week's fantasy golf picks for the 2014 Farmers Insurance Open, presented by DraftDay.
Since every fantasy league is a little different, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to rank players. In some leagues, you have to save players for bigger tournaments. In others, it doesn’t matter. Some leagues have you pick four players, or six or one. Instead, we’ll offer 10 picks in two buckets: horses for courses and hot hands.
We thought we had it with Robert Garrigus last week, but then he blew up at the end of Round 1. And then Patrick Reed shot three consecutive 63s. And then Ryan Palmer made it interesting, but we still missed.[divider_with_title]Background[/divider_with_title]
Tiger Woods should have made this event his invitational, not the one in D.C. He owns this event and Torrey Pines (competitively). He's won this event eight times and is in line, with a win, to become the first player to win a PGA Tour event nine times in a career. It'd also be win No. 80 for Mr. Woods, who is making his 2014 debut in San Diego.
Torrey Pines' North Course is easier than the South, but the whole field will see each one over the first two days. Take it deep on the North and you'll likely make the cut. Then it's all South on the weekend for a more stern, though not impossible, test.[divider_with_title]Hot Hands[/divider_with_title]
- Phil Mickelson: Despite the double hit in the final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, Mickelson had a very positive week in the UAE. He's in great form and a good threat to win in what amounts to a home game for the Open champion.
- Jimmy Walker: Not only is the Sony Open winner playing great golf, but he also seems to like the Torrey Twins. He's been in the top 10 here in each of the last two years, making him a pretty obvious pick.
- Brian Stuard: Get on the Stuard Train and ride it until its fiery crash. Stuard's been in the top six in his last three starts, so why not stick with him?
- Jordan Spieth: Spieth may have been lackluster in his last start at Sony, but he was solo second to start the year at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. A great tee time for the first two days should give him some added fuel.
- Graham DeLaet: The Canadian MVP of the '13 Presidents Cup is making his '14 debut, but had back-to-back top-7 finishes to end the 2013 portion of this wraparound schedule.
- Tiger Woods: Enough said. Pick him.
- Marc Leishman: The Aussie has a pretty good record in this event, with a pair of top 10s in 2010 and '11. He had a solo fifth-place finish in his last start at the Sony Open, so he's also off to a good start in '14.
- Brandt Snedeker: OK, Sneds wasn't great at the Humana, but he still posted 13 under par for the week. That's encouraging enough to look at him this week. He's the 2012 champion and was joint runner-up last year.
- Bill Haas: Haas looked pretty good at the Humana and, like Snedeker, that's reason enough to lean on him this week also considering top-10 finishes here the last two years.
- Nick Watney: Watney has a thing for Torrey. He's a former winner in '09 and is a top-10 machine in the FIO.
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