Horses for Courses: Farmers Insurance Open

Horses for Courses: Farmers Insurance Open
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Recent Winners and Notables

2020: Marc Leishman (-15, 273)
Shot 65 on Australia Day to make up four shots and win by one over 2017 champ Jon Rahm. … 65 was the co-low of the week on the South Course. … Posted 11-under on the weekend. … Becomes the fourth consecutive international winner, but just fifth overall in 68 events. … At 35 he joins the club of 30 and older winners in four of the last five events. … Second straight winner to open on the North Course, but just the third since 2010. … Hit only 3 of 14 fairways in the final round, but found 14 of 18 GIR. … One of only 19 rounds in the 60s on Sunday. … Won in his 12th start (10 made cuts). … Entered the week on a personal streak of five straight paydays including a pair of top 10s.

Notables:
54-hole leader Jon Rahm (2nd) posted 65, co-low of the week on the South, on Saturday but 70 on Sunday left him one short. … Rory McIlroy (T3) was just one of four players to post both weekend rounds in the 60s (67-69). … 2016 and 2012 winner Brandt Snedeker (T3) picks up another podium, his sixth and sits No. 2 on the all-time money list. … Tom Hoge (5th) closed with 67-68 for his best finish at FIO. … Tony Finau (T6) and Patrick Reed (T6) were the only two post all four rounds 70 or better. … 2011 winner Bubba Watson (T6) played for the first time since 2014. … San Diegan Charley Hoffman (T9) also posted 65 on Sunday. … Ryan Palmer (T21) posted 62 at the North Course and led after 36 holes. … Cameron Davis (T38) posted 65, the second lowest on the North. … Sebastian Cappelen (T21) opened with 66 on the South Course and shared the first round lead. … Only 20 bogey-free rounds for the week. … Cut was 1-under. … Rough was a bushy four inches. … The North Course played almost two shots easier, 70.57 to 72.53.

2019: Justin Rose (-21, 267)
Picked up his 10th TOUR win in the easiest conditions at the event since 2001. … Set the 36-hole (-15) and 54-hole (-18) tournament records. … Missed tying the tournament record by a shot. … Became the first winner to play the North Course in Round 1 (63) since 2010. … Played the South Course 12-under. … Third consecutive top 10 at event. … Won in his ninth try. … Closed 2018 on fire and knocked the rust off at The American Express (T34) the week prior.

Notables:
Adam Scott (2nd) picked the right season for a debut. … Talor Gooch (T3) was the only American in the top seven. … Hideki Matsuyama (T3) posted the only round above par in the top 12 with 73 on Saturday. … Defending champion Jason Day (T5) was seven back. … Rory McIlroy (T5) posted the lowest round on the North Course (65) in Round 2 in his debut. … 2017 winner Jon Rahm (T5) opened with 62 on the North Course to lead after 18, but also posted two rounds of 72 on the South. … Billy Horschel (8th) picked up his second top 10 in four years. … Only Scott played the weekend better than Gary Woodland (T9). … Only one bogey free round on the weekend. … Cut was 3-under. … Scoring average on the South was under par at 71.73. … Weather was perfect.

2018: Jason Day (-10, 278)
Defeated Alex Noren and Ryan Palmer (first to be eliminated) in a six-hole playoff for his second victory at Torrey Pines. … Won a four-man playoff in 2015. … As is usual for the winner here, he trailed by three heading into the final round. … Posted one of the 11 rounds (70) in the red on Sunday. … Posted 64 in Round 2 on the North. … Joined the group of recent winners who made hay (T1) on Par-4 holes. … Two wins in nine visits to this point. … T16 in 2020 is his worst payday in his last nine trips.

Notables:
Noren led by one after 54 holes. … Palmer was paired in the final group and led thru 36 holes. … JB Holmes (4th) posted the round of the week with 65 on Saturday. … Keegan Bradley (5th) backed up his T4 from 2017. … Tony Finau (T6) opened with 65 on the North to lead after 18 and was 9-under after 36. … Charles Howell III (T6) has never missed the cut here and posted 69 on Sunday, the co-low round of the day. … Harris English (T8) picked up his second top 10 in four starts. … Marc Leishman (T8) raked his fourth top 10 in 10 starts. … The light for Justin Rose (T8) finally turned on. … Defending champ Jon Rahm (T29) was one back after 36 holes. … Gary Woodland (T12) 66 on Saturday was only bested by Holmes. … Hideki Matsuyama (T12) closed with 69, tying Howell for the low round Sunday. … Third highest Sunday scoring (74.78) since 2000.

Key stat leaders

Top golfers in each statistic on the 2019-2020 PGA TOUR are listed only if they are scheduled to compete this week.
* – Top 10 finish here since 2016
** – Previous Champion

Strokes-Gained: Tee to Green
 2 *Hideki Matsuayama
 3 *Jon Rahm
 6 *Rory McIlroy
 7 Xander Schauffele
 8 Harold Varner III
10 Scottie Scheffler
11 *Tony Finau
16 Corey Conners
18 *Harris English
20 Viktor Hovland
22 Luke List
24 Emiliano Grillo
25 Cameron Tringale
26 *Patrick Reed
29 *Ryan Palmer

Par-4 Scoring
 4 Xander Schauffele
 6 *Jon Rahm
 6 *Patrick Reed
 6 Scottie Scheffler
10 *Harris English
10 *Rory McIlroy
10 *Brandt Snedeker
14 Doc Redman
14 Cameron Tringale
14 *Hideki Matsuyama
14 *Tony Finau
14 Ryan Moore
21 Cameron Percy
21 *Harry Higgs
21 **Scott Stallings
21 *Joel Dahmen
21 **Kyle Stanley
21 Sungjae Im
21 Henrik Norlander
21 *Adam Scott
21 *Bubba Watson

Bogey Avoidance
 2 *Jon Rahm
 3 *Harris English
 4 Xander Schauffele
 9 Cameron Tringale
11 Russell Knox
20 Adam Schenk
21 *Hideki Matsuyama
22 *Pat Perez
24 *Adam Scott
25 Matthew NeSmith
26 *Brandt Snedeker

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Source: PGA tour

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