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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Farmers Insurance Open - Preview

The PGA TOUR returns to one of the oldest stops on the schedule for this week's Farmers Insurance Open. The tournament is contested at Torry Pines, and utilizes both the North and South Courses for the first two days before closing out the tournament exclusively on the South Course for the weekend.

Of the two, the North Course is much easier and contenders must go low on that 18-hole stretch. In 2012, it played as a 7,045 yard par 72 with four par 5s. Think of it like the Nicklaus Private Course at PGA West in the Humana rotation. The South Course is the exact opposite. You will remember that it hosted the 2008 U.S. Open, which stands as the last major win for Tiger Woods. It played as a mammoth 7,698 par 72, also with four par 5s. 

The names of every winner since 1996 are listed below and read as a "who's who" of Major Championships and International teams.
  • Davis Love III
  • Mark O'Meara
  • Scott Simpson
  • Tiger Woods (6 times in this event plus 1 U.S. Open here in 2008)
  • Phil Mickelson (2 times)
  • Jose Maria Olazabal
  • John Daly
  • Nick Watney
  • Ben Crane
  • Bubba Watson
  • Brandt Snedeker
As you begin your research for this year's tournament, here's what you need to know.
  • Look for pedigree. Even the most casual golf fans recognize the name of every winner on this list. 
  • When setting up your fantasy roster, you may want to wait until Tuesday when the tee times come out to make sure you have someone playing the North Course every round. 
  • Length is good.
  • This is typically not the tournament to take a risk on an unknown. 
We will check back in tomorrow with our power rankings and fantasy preview.

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