2015 Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Picks + Predictions, Plus the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #isitThursdayyet

Following a surprisingly soggy week in the desert at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the PGA Tour treks onward further to the West to one of my favorite annual tourneys—the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.  Stunning Pacific Ocean views, a major championship course, an incredibly stacked field and boom, we’re in for a big week of PGA Tour action.

The Torrey Pines South Course is not only recognizable and memorable for its stunning ocean views, but also for its extra-beefiness as it plays 11,582 yards from the tips.  Ha, ok yeah, a little sarcasm there, as it “only” plays 7,698 yards when fully tipped out, making it the longest course on Tour.  The PGA Tour honchos usually gives the guys a “break” on a couple tee boxes each round, making it play in the 7,500 yard range.  So yeah, at sea level, that’s still a whole gulp full of beefiness.  I just used “beefiness” twice in the same paragraph, yikes, we could be in for a wild week.

Note that the tourney is also played on the Torrey Pines North Course for one of the first two rounds, which at just 7,052 yards makes it seem like merely a pitch-and-putt for most of the field compared to its big brother the South Course.

A mixed bag for my picks last week as Gary Woodland and Scott Piercy greatly disappointed, but my Semi-Flier on Graham DeLaet was a solid play (t-7th) and my HOSEL-ROCKET BUST pick of last week’s champ Bill Haas was spot on as he finished DFL of all players making the cut (76th).

Now, let’s hop into some picks for this week:

LOCKZILLAS (Last Week: Woodland MC, Keegan t-17th)

Jason Day
Jason Day
– Going chalky here with my first pick on the talented Aussie.  Hasn’t played since a “disappointing” t-17th at the Sony Open, which of course was only a relative disappointment as we all expect a top 5 or top 10 out of “Jase” each time that he tees it up.  Day finished t-2nd here last year and t-9th the year prior, I’ll flat out guarantee a top 10 this week with a solid chance at a top 3.

Gary Woodland
Gary Woodland
– I’m going back to the well with Gary this week following his missed cut last week.  Just because of one missed cut by one shot doesn’t mean that all of a sudden his game is in shambles, as Gary had finished t-3rd at the Sony Open just two weeks prior and last year made 23 of 25 cuts in his PGA Tour starts.  Oh yeah, and he lead here after 54 holes last year and then forgot how to hit a short iron on Sunday and finished t-10th.  Last week’s missed cut will have him coming into this week under-the-radar, I wouldn’t be surprised whatsoever to see him in contention again on Sunday this year.

SEMI-FLIER (Watney MC, DeLaet t-7th)

Graham DeLaet
Graham DeLaet
– Don’t look now, but this Canuck is starting to heat up, finishing t-30th at the Humana two weeks ago, then a quietly solid t-7th last week in Phoenix.  Add in that he finished t-2nd here last year and t-9th the year prior (same finishes the past two years as Jason Day- interesting), and I like for DeLaet to contend again this year.

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST (Haas 76th)

Justin Thomas
Justin Thomas
– Recently impressive, yes.  Long-term potential, absolutely.  Due for a down week?  Check.  Five straight top 25s and with new course after new course, tourney after tourney I know he has young legs, but eventually the putter goes cold, shots go awry and it leads to a weekend off.  Time to fade young Justin for the short term.

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK BOLD PLAY OF THE WEEK (Piercy MC)

Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson
– Welcome back DJ.  I normally wouldn’t predict such immediate big things out a player who hasn’t competed on Tour in six months, but DJ isn’t a normal player.  With all the physical and naturally-gifted talent in the world added in with his renewed focus and rehabbed brain of his, I’m expecting huge things out of him this year.  DJ is 3/3 in cuts made here at Torrey, including a t-3rd in ’11.  Also, when he was “injured” for that “jetski accident” back in ’12 and missed nearly 3 months (that was his first cocaine suspension by the Tour folks, there was no “jetski accident”), he came back and immediately produced to the tune of a t-19th at the Memorial followed by winning the FedEx St Jude Classic the very next week.  Most will be afraid to pick him due to being away for so long, whereas I’m telling you that now is the time to pounce.  Dustin Johnson is your Driver-off-the-Deck BOLD play of the week!

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Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

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