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Bonus Model Targets – Farmers Insurance Open

One of the best events of the year is upon us as the players head to La Jolla for the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. We are inching ever so closely towards the US Open here in 2021 which means that the field in play is very strong as golfers look to get an eye for the course as it is prepared to host a major and changes start to be made in preparation to the South Course.

This is another event with a course rotation. Each golfer will play one of the first two rounds on the North Course and the other three on the South Course. The South Course is the tougher of the two and where the US Open will be played for all four rounds. It is a Par 72 that measures over 7700 yards long. The fairways play to the narrow side, the rough tends to be heavy and there are plenty of trees and hazard areas that can create huge problems off the tee.

There are two ways to play this course. The first style requires bombers who cut the distance down off the tee, handle their business on the Par 3/4 holes and do their scoring on the Par 5s. The other approach is to have a really strong long iron game where you keep the ball in the fairway off the tee to avoid trouble, hit GIR and putt well on Poa grass greens as guys like Brandt Snedeker have done. Given that the weather is expected to be really nice this week, I am envisioning the first approach to win out so I will be favoring the heavy hitters this week over the plodders.

The North Course was changed to be a little tougher over the last couple of years, but it is still a pretty standard Par 72 course that plays at around 7,200 yards. This is where players will need to do their scoring during the one shot they have their in the opening two rounds if they hope to contend this weekend. It is not an easy course like what we saw last week, but definitely one where there should be plenty of birdie opportunities.

Here’s who I’m looking at and avoiding for the Farmers Insurance Open….

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