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Farmers Insurance Open 2016 Tips

Charles Howell (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Paddy Power
Bill Haas (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Paddy Power
Graham DeLaet (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Paddy Power


The PGA Tour remains in California this week for the Farmers Insurance Open, which is played over both the North and South Courses at the Torrey Pines club in La Jolla. Both courses are par 72 but they differ sharply in length, the South Course measuring a whopping 7,698 yards, almost 650 yards more than the North. With three rounds played over the South Course, distance off the tee is key. This event, formerly known as the Buick Invitational, has been dominated by seven-time champion Tiger Woods, but was won last year by Jason Day at the start of his stellar season. Brandt Snedeker and Bubba Watson are among the other former champions, although Watson is not in this week’s field.


Day returns to bid for a second successive title at this event and is the clear market leader at best odds of 7/1 Paddy Power who are offering 7 places for each-way bets on this event. After his superb win at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, Rickie Fowler is a 12/1 chance with BetVictor and as short as 8/1 elsewhere. BetVictor also offer the best odds of 18/1 about Dustin Johnson and 20/1 for Snedeker, the same price Bet365 are quoting for Justin Rose. Phil Mickelson, who proved at last week’s CareerBuilder Challenge that he can still be competitive, and he is 22/1 with Coral.


Charles HowellIt’s been a season of near misses for CHARLES HOWELL, which mirrors his record at this event. Since 2003 he has finished in the top 10 at La Jolla no fewer than six times, placing in the top 15 on two further occasions. Twice a runner-up, he has proved beyond doubt that he is well suited to this venue. His last 5 appearances on the tour have seen finishes of 10-17-9-13-11, falling just short of a serious challenge at each event. But that solid form coupled with his record here makes him a good bet at best odds of 50/1 with Paddy Power.

Bill-HaasBILL HAAS is another man who is regularly up towards the top of the leaderboard at this tournament, having placed in the top 10 for three successive years between 2011 and 2013. He put in a strong bid for a third title at last week’s CareerBuilder Challenge, where he shared 9th place, and his game looks in good shape.  Boylesports are offering the best odds of 35/1, but we suggest that you take 33/1 with those seven places at Paddy Power.

Graham DeLaetGRAHAM DELAET didn’t take part in this event last year but on his two previous visits he finished second and 9th and at odds of 50/1 with Paddy Power he looks worthy of an each-way bet this week, particularly with those extra places on offer. His 7th place finish at the recent Sony Open, which included rounds of 62, 65 and 66, with just an opening round of 73 letting him down in Hawaii, provides additional evidence that the Canadian can compete at Torrey Pines.

Charles Howell (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Paddy Power
Bill Haas (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Paddy Power
Graham DeLaet (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Paddy Power