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Tiger Woods a Great Bet to Win Farmers Insurance Open 2020

Tiger Woods a Great Bet to Win Farmers Insurance Open 2020
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There’s a real sense that this week the PGA Tour changes gear. The pre-Christmas, Hawaiian and resort course frivolities were fun, but they are now behind us and this week’s Farmers Insurance Open, which begins Thursday, not only takes place on a great stage (the North and South Course at Torrey Pines), but also boasts an amazing cast. There’s Tiger and Rory, Spieth and Schauffele, and also Rose, Rahm and Reed. We’re set for a fantastic week in golf betting, starting on Thursday.

Farmers Insurance Open Best Bets

BetOdds
Sportsbook
Tiger Woods Each Way+100
Bet it at 888sport
Brandt Snedeker Each Way+4500
Bet it at Unibet
Nick Watney Top-10 Finish+900
Bet it at PointsBet

All odds are current as of publication and subject to change. Check out the latest PGA betting odds here.


Pick 1: Tiger Woods Each Way

In the immediate aftermath of Tiger’s stunning victory at last year’s Masters his form dipped alarmingly. From giddy expectations of more major success we suddenly had to face the prospect that the week was no more than a one-off reminder of his brilliance.

But more medical wizardry turned his body, and his form, around. In opening November’s Zozo Championship with two rounds of 64 he looked magnificent, and in closing out the win with rounds of 66-67 he confirmed he was back. Fourth place in his own Hero World Challenge and strong golf in the Presidents Cup backed that up.

He now returns to Torrey Pines, not just the scene of his astonishing 2008 U.S. Open triumph on one leg, but where he also collected seven wins in his first 13 starts at this tournament (and he only once finished a week outside the top 10 in that period).

Modern day Tiger has had his problems at the event, but the Tiger we saw in Japan, the Bahamas and Australia at the end of last year would need holding back ahead of taking on this week’s test. Take the +100 with 888sport.

Pick 2: Brandt Snedeker Each Way

With his fresh-faced looks, wavy hair and breezy demeanor, the 39-year-old from Tennessee is rather reminiscent of a Beach Boy and his fondness for the Californian coast reiterates that notion. How about Pebble Beach on the beautiful Monterrey Peninsula? He’s won there twice and finished top-10 in a U.S. Open.

And what about here at Torrey Pines? Even better! 13 starts, two more wins, another five top-10s and even one more U.S. Open top-10 as well. His happiness when playing golf within sight of the Pacific Ocean is so profound he’s even won the Fiji International and has nine top-25s in 13 appearances on Hawaii.

There are some golfers who loathe the windy conditions and the bumpy Poa Annua grass on the greens, but Snedeker loves them. He also opened his season in nice style with T12th at the Sony Open, closing with rounds of 67-69-66 after an opening 72. Note the good vibrations and back him at +4500 with Unibet.

Pick 3: Nick Watney Top-10 Finish

When the 38-year-old Californian won this event back in 2009, you could rank him as one of America’s most promising golfers. It was his second PGA Tour victory, and within three years he won three more times, including a standout triumph in the 2011 WGC Cadillac Championship. In 2010, he twice threatened to win a major, and his ability to negotiate the Torrey Pines challenge saw him land five top-10s in addition to that win 11 years ago.

But in 2016 and 2017 he missed the cut here, and in 2018 and 2019 he failed to make the top 50. Those results mirrored his struggles elsewhere as he slipped out of sight of all but his biggest fans.

Between mid-2015 and mid-2019 he landed just two individual top ten finishes anywhere, but then three came along in quick fashion. The last of those was in the 2019-20 season-starting Safeway Open, and his form has been promising since, notably when going low at the RSM Classic for T14th to end 2019 and then again last week when pegging a third round 65 at The American Express in Palm Springs.

In all he has six tournament top-10s in 15 starts and with improving form that makes him a nice price at +900 with PointsBet.

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