His PGA articles have been featured here on RotoCurve for the past year. Ryan is a former PGA professional, so his golf course and player insights are second to none. Ryan is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, but now resides in South Florida with his wife and son.
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‘Twas a RAHMpage at the CareerBuilder Challenge, as expected. I know he wasn’t a sleeper, but I broke my rule and wrote up Rahm in my article because I thought he would win… and he did. We had an awesome week, with all nine sleepers making the cut! Rahm won, Piercy finished 6th, Cauley 14th, Wise 17th, Palmer 20th, Knox 29th, Reavie 36th, Lingmerth 57th, and Gooch 67th. More weeks like this, and it’ll be buckies for everyone!
This week, the Tour heads back to Torrey Pines, a staple of the California swing. Therefore, we have plenty of course history to draw upon for this field. This event is held on two courses, the North and South courses at Torrey Pines. Each player gets one round on each track before the 36-hole cut, so unless there’s extreme weather one day, starting course doesn’t make a huge difference. There is however, a major difference between the courses.
The South course is brutal, playing nearly 7,700 yards and averaging a stroke and a half over par, historically. The North Course historically plays about four strokes easier, but has undergone recent renovations. Trees and bunkers have been removed, the greens have been made larger, and one of the par-4s has been extended into a par-5. If your picks manage anything under par on the South course, you’ll be in great shape heading to the weekend. In terms of stats to focus on this week, par-5 scoring and driving distance are two keys. Historically, bombers have great track records here, although there have been shorter hitters who have excelled at this event. These greens are tough to hit, to elite iron players and scramblers are good targets as well. The last thing I’ll mention – as usual – is to keep playing the local angle here. Many junior golfers growing up in California played events at Torrey Pines, and are very familiar with the courses. One popular name this week, Beau Hossler, won here as a junior.
This week’s field is headlined by Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler, .Justin Rose, Hideki Matsuyama, Phil Mickelson, and Tiger Woods. Yes, Tiger Woods, y’all.
Now, onto my sleeper picks of the week for the Farmers Insurance Open.
DraftKings High-End Sleepers
Brian Harman ($9,600)
Harman continues to play at a ridiculously high level. After five straight top-10 finishes, his streak snapped last week with a 20th at the CareerBuilder. Still pretty good. He’s accurate off-the-tee, a fantastic iron player, and one of the best putters on Tour. Although we target bombers here, Harman seemed to solve the riddle of Torrey Pines last year, posting a 9th place finish. He’s playing the best golf of his career, and I’m a believer in his talent and grit.