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Farmers Insurance Open Preview

With Tiger Woods not playing in the Farmers Insurance Open the field has a better chance to win, which is interesting, as PGA odds makers has anyone playing in this event without posted odds as the favorite to win.

The Farmers Insurance Open is the third PGA tournament of the season and will be held at Torrey Pines Gold Course in sunny San Diego, California. The big news is obviously Tiger Woods, who will only miss this tournament for only the third time in his career, is generally the first tournament he plays in for the PGA season, and he has won the event six times.

Bovada has the favorite as nobody, well not nobody but the field has the best odds at +250 followed by Phil Mickelson (+400), Robert Allenby (+1500), Ernie Els (+1800) and last year’s champion Nick Watney (+2000).

San Diego native Mickelson has legit odds to win the event and with good reason, as he has won the event three times. Will he have some rust? This is Lefty’s first event of the season.

The Farmers Insurance Open is played on the two courses of Torrey Pines North and Torrey Pines South. Players will play one round on each course on Thursday and Friday and the players that make the cut will play the final two rounds on the South course.

Robert Allenby is at +1500 at Bovada and he is on a roll after wins in Australia and South Africa at the end of last season and he came in second place at the Sony Open, which was the second event this season.

Bovada has defending champion Nick Watney at +2000 and when he is on his game he can play with the best in the world.

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The Southern California boys are hard to beat at this event, as 10 of the last 13 winners have been locals.

This week has a tough field, as many of the players ranked in the top 50 will be playing and there. Between the field there are 14 majors won.

A couple of sleeper picks in this event are Brandt Snedeker, Charles Howell III, and Charley Hoffman. Snedeker is at +3000 at Bovada and he has the course record on the North course firing a 61 in 2007 and that year finished third. He is playing well this season and in last weeks Bob Hope Classic he finished in the top 10.

Bovada also has Charles Howell III at +3000 and in an interesting fact he has won more money in the history of this event besides Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. He was tied for fifth in the Sony Open a couple weeks back.

Hoffman is at +3500 at Bovada and the native of San Diego has the game to do well in this event, as he is long off the tee and a solid iron player. He finished in a tie for seventh in last year’s event and finished 16th in 2006.