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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Farmers Insurance Open - Fantasy

With our preview and power rankings already filed, here we go with the games for the Farmers Insurance Open.

Golf Channel:

Once again, we have to select for the European Tour as well as the PGA TOUR this week. I'll throw out the same disclaimer as last week. I don't claim to be a student of the European Tour, so follow me at your peril. I will say that all four of my picks made the cut last week, and two were in the top 10.

Commercialbank Qatar Masters

  • Group 1 - Louis Oosthuizen
  • Group 2 - Victor Dubuisson
  • Group 3 - Keith Horne
  • Group 4 - David Horsey
Farmers Insurance Open
  • Group 1 - Phil Mickelson
  • Group 2 - Charles Howell III
  • Group 3 - John Rollins
  • Group 4 - Lucas Glover
The Golf Channel picks also publish weekly in Mike Glasscott's Rotoworld article. Check it out at Rotoworld.com


All of the starters represent who I will start in the first round. As you will see, it features players in the North Course at Torrey Pines heavily. Expect plenty of subs between the first and second rounds.
  • A-List - Bubba Watson starting with Phil on the bench. These are both North Course guys, but the meat was on the North on Thursday with the exception of Tiger. As a general rule, I like having Tiger on the bench in case he wins, but I'm not certain enough of his form to burn him for what could be just a Friday round. Also consider Snedeker.
  • B-List - Keegan Bradley and Dustin Johnson starting with Nick Watney and Lucas Glover on the bench. Johnson and Bradley are both playing the North on Thursday and the opposite is true of Glover and Watney. Glover is a bit of a throw in because I don't mind burning a start on him for just one round if that's how it works out. He's also got a decent history here and showed some signs of life at the Humana in his first tournament since August. The other three are obvious.
  • C-List - Stewart Cink starting with Scott Piercy on the bench. Also consider John Rollins and D.A. Points.
I want to stress that the Yahoo! group is not necessarily the best players in each group this week, but a utilization of the North Course when it makes sense. Glover and Cink both played well enough on the easy courses at the Humana and have enough history to warrant the move, even if it's just a round. I'm relying on Piercy to carry the C for three rounds and a combination of Watney, Bradley and Johnson to do the same in the B Group. 

Check back tomorrow for our one-and-done and two-and-done picks, as well as any other final thoughts.

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