The first big golf draw of 2021 is the Farmer’s Insurance Open. A total of 23 players ranked in the top 50 in the world will compete at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California. That includes world No. 2 Jon Rahm, who is back on the tee after pulling out of last week’s American Express event due to a back issue.
Also, 16 players among the top 30 in the 2020-21 FedExCup points standings will be playing at Torrey Pines.
World No. 6 and two-time FedExCup Champion Rory McIlroy makes his 2021 PGA Tour debut. He enters off a third place finish in the Abu Dhabi Championship after carrying the lead into the final round. Xander Schauffele, No. 5 in the OWGR, is also in the field.
Unfortunately, Tiger Woods will not play at Torrey Pines, where he’s had great success. Woods won the Farmers Insurance Open seven times and also the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines in a playoff with a most courageous and iconic performance. But Woods announced that he underwent a microdiscectomy procedure on his back last week and is out of competitive golf for at least two more months.
Farmers Insurance odds 2021
Jon Rahm will top the odds board at the Farmers Insurance Open with Rory McIlroy close behind. Last year, Rahm and McIlroy were two favorites at Torrey Pines at less than 10/1 odds, with McIlroy the slight favorite.
Odds for the 2021 tournament will be posted soon at top US sportsbooks like DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook and BetMGM.
Notable golfers in the field
McIlroy finished tied for third at last year’s Farmers Insurance Open, and Rahm finished runner-up. Rahm also won the event in 2017.
Other top players in the field include:
- Xander Schauffele (No. 5 OWGR)
- Patrick Reed (11)
- Brooks Koepka (12)
- Viktor Hovland (14)
- Matthew Wolff (15)
- Harris English (16)
- Sungjae Im (18)
- Hideki Matsuyama (20)
- Adam Scott (21)
- Tony Finau (22)
- Louis Oosthuizen (24)
- Ryan Palmer (28)
- Marc Leishman (30)
- Jason Kokrak (31)
- Cameron Smith (32)
- Scottie Scheffler (33)
- Billy Horschel (39)
- Gary Woodland (40)
- Jason Day (43)
- Bubba Watson (46)
- MacKenzie Hughes (49)
Other notables include three-time Farmers champion Phil Mickelson, 2-time champ Brandt Snedeker, Cameron Champ, Lanto Griffin and Jordan Spieth, who gets in with Tiger unable to compete. Also, Rickie Fowler, Charley Hoffman, Jamie Lovemark and Pat Perez are playing this week and all went to high school at nearby San Diego schools. So did Schauffele and Mickelson.
English, Hovland, Carlos Ortiz, Schauffele, Wolff, Kokrak and Martin Laird are top 15 in the current FedExCup points standings.
Korn Ferry points leader Will Zalatoris is also in the field on a sponsors exemption, along with two US Amateur champions and former Georgia Tech teammates – Tyler Strafaci (2020) and Andy Ogletree (2019).
Recent Farmers Insurance Open winners and runner-ups
- 2020- Marc Leishman (-15), Jon Rahm
- 2019 – Justin Rose (-21), Adam Scott
- 2018 – Jason Day * (-10), Alex Noren, Ryan Palmer
- 2017 – Jon Rahm (-13), Charles Howell, CT Pan
Jason Day and Brandt Snedeker are both 2-time winners of this event since 2012.
Course and tournament information
- Courses: Torrey Pines (North and South Courses)
- Location: La Jolla, CA
- Date: Jan. 28-31
- Par: 72 / Yardage 7,765 South and 7,258 North
- Purse: $7.5 Million / Winner $1.35 M
- Fairways/Rough: Kikuyu overseeded with
- Greens: : Poa Annua (South), Bentgrass (North)
- TV: Golf Channel (Thurs-Sun) and CBS (Sat-Sun)
- Twitter & Hashtag: @FarmersInsOpen
- Defending Champion: Marc Leishman
The first two rounds are held on the North Course, with the weekend rounds at Torrey Pines South. That’s different than recent years with 54 holes played in the South Course.
Big hitters and power players have been the ones to target with more rounds played on the longer and tougher South Course. That changes a bit this year, but look down the winners list and top finishers and you see world class players and lots of power.
Fairways are still tougher to hit on the South Course as there are long, more narrow and straight fairways with some thicker rough and little imagination in design. Additional bunkers were added to pinched-in fairways a few years ago as part of the renovation and lengthening. The greens are small and hard, averaging just over 5,000 square feet.
The North Course is shorter and more open now with trees and bunkers removed – offering more majestic views of the coastline. Larger greens to target assists scoring, and the flipped front and back holes allows the back-9 to play along the canyons and the Pacific coastline.