The 2012 golf season is beginning to settle down now and some of the big names return to the field for the Farmers Insurance Open to be played at Torrey Pines North and South courses. The South course plays as one of the longest on tour at almost 7,600 yards and premium is very much on tee to green play at the Farmers Insurance Open. Top experienced ball strikers with good total driving stats will be my primary focus. Those high in scrambling stats won't be far behind. Follow me on Twitter @Nicspicks for in running trades and updates.
Another thing to note for early round trading is that the North course plays under 6,900 yards to a par of 72 and many shots easier. Players will play one round there over the first two days. Players like Mickelson, Watney and Watson with obvious course form dominate the market but all have reason to be opposed this week at the Farmers Insurance Open.
Farmers Insurance Open Picks
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Pick 1: 0.75pts e/w Brandt Snedeker @ 25/1 with Betfred - £50 free bet Snedeker a standout pick for me this week. Superb course form at Torrey Pines with a 3rd place finish in 07, T2 in 2010 and T9 in 2011. Snedeker also finished T8 on Torrey Pines South Course at the US Open in 08. Off the back of a T8 last week where he was at the top of the putting stats. Snedeker can also hit birdies in bunches as he showed while finishing with six straight at the end of day 3 last week and he can use this to his advantage on the North course.
Pick 2: 0.5pts e/w Ben Crane @ 33/1 (Stanjames) T8 with Snedeker last week, 2nd in the all round ranking in 2010 which shows he has what it takes for the Farmers Insurance Open, as does his win here in 2010 along with multiple top 10's at Torrey Pines.
Pick 3: 0.5pts e/w Keegan Bradley @35/1 with Bet365 - £200 in free bets The Farmers Insurance Open is a horses for courses tournament where big hitters have the advantage and Bradley finished a respectable T25 here in his rookie year. Ranked 12th in total driving in 2011 and 36th in ball striking.
Pick 4: 0.5pts e/w Bo Van Pelt @ 60/1 with Bet365 - £200 in free bets 14th in ball striking and T9 in total driving in 2011, BVP is one of the best players in the game of golf from tee to green. Continued this year where he left off, ranking T2 in total driving after only one event. Tends to thrive on the difficult courses and should be suited to the Torrey Pines South at the Farmers Insurance Open.
Farmers Insurance Open Sleeper Pick
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Pick 5: 0.25pts e/w Sul-Yeung Noh E/W @ 150/1 with Betfred - £50 free bet The stats won't tell you but Noh is actually one of the bigger hitters in the game of golf and one I have my eye on in his rookie PGA Tour season, hoping to get him at some big prices. Exceptional talent and could be suited to Torrey Pines. Just gets the nod over Robert Garrigus due to his three figure price for this week's Farmers Insurance Open.