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It was an absolute nail bitter, but in the end ol’ No. 1 was correct once more. Jon Rahm’s victory at the 2018 Career Builder Challenge was the third on the season for Golfstradamus. Yet another reason for y’all to start listening up.

This week, the Tour’s best move to the San Diego area for the Farmer’s Insurance Open. It also marks the first time in 2018 that Tiger Woods will tee it up in meaningful, full-field competition. And that, by itself, is reason enough to watch.

But, like anything in this life, it’s always more fun with a little skin in the game — and it’s even more fun when you win. So — get your pencils and paper and take note. It’s your weekly opportunity to make some money to hide from the wife. Here’s a look at your can’t-miss, no-doubt, sure-fire locks for the Farmer’s Insurance Open:

Farmers Insurance Open
Torrey Pines Golf Club – San Diego, California
January 25 – 28, 2018

ODDS to Win:
Jon Rahm 7/1
Rickie Fowler 10/1
Justin Rose 12/1
Hideki Matsuyama 15/1
Jason Day 20/1
Marc Leishman 20/1
Tiger Woods 25/1
Patrick Cantlay 30/1
Brian Harman 30/1
Tony Finau 30/1
Brandt Snedeker 40/1
Phil Mickelson 40/1
Gary Woodland 40/1
Charles Howell III 40/1
Patrick Reed 50/1
Kyle Stanley 50/1
Shane Lowry 50/1
Ollie Schniederjans 40/1
Xander Schauffele 50/1
Charley Hoffman 50/1
Cameron Smith 50/1
Francesco Molinari 50/1
Brendan Steele 50/1
Bud Cauley 50/1
Alex Noren 60/1
Russell Knox 60/1
Jhonattan Vegas 40/1
Adam Hadwin 60/1
Keegan Bradley 60/1
Peter Uihlein 80/1
J.B. Holmes 80/1
Andrew Landry 80/1
Grayson Murray 80/1
Si Woo Kim 80/1
Lucas Glover 80/1
James Hahn 80/1
Kevin Streelman 80/1
Bill Haas 80/1
J.J. Spaun 80/1
Harris English 80/1
Bryson DeChambeau 100/1
Emiliano Grillo 100/1
Chesson Hadley 100/1
Jamie Lovemark 100/1
Billy Horschel 100/1
Chris Kirk 100/1
Aaron Wise 100/1
Jimmy Walker 125/1
Anirban Lahiri 125/1
David Lingmerth 125/1
Martin Laird 125/1
John Huh 125/1
Brandon Harkins 125/1
Patrick Rodgers 125/1
Beau Hossler 125/1
C.T. Pan 100/1
Ryan Palmer 125/1
Stewart Cink 125/1
Nick Watney 125/1
Luke List 150/1
Cameron Davis 150/1
Nick Taylor 150/1
Tom Hoge 150/1
Luke Donald 150/1
Seamus Power 150/1
Sung Kang 150/1
Padraig Harrington 200/1
Hunter Mahan 200/1
Danny Lee 200/1
Aaron Baddeley 200/1
K.J. Choi 200/1
Harold Varner III 200/1
Sean O’Hair 200/1
Kevin Tway 200/1
Jonas Blixt 200/1
Maverick McNealy 250/1
Matt Jones 250/1
Chad Campbell 250/1
Retief Goosen 250/1
Field (all others) 6/1

Moral Locks:

Justin Rose — No player — except for Jon Rahm, maybe — has been playing better golf in the last 10 weeks than Justin Rose. The 2013 U.S. Open Champion has played lights out lately, collecting two wins in his last six starts world wide. Hell, he almost snuck up and stole the European Tour money list from Tommy Fleetwood. Rose has played this track countless times and has a solid track record. Combine that with his recent form and you’ve got a sure thing in La Jolla. At 12/1, I’m taking the action on Rose.

Jon Rahm — I don’t really like to bet on guys who come into an event as the defending champion. And I don’t usually like taking a guy who is coming in off a win — but how can I ignore Jon Rahm this week when he is doing both of those things? I can’t. He may be the favorite, but he won me money last week and he has a tremendous opportunity to do it again this week at the Farmers. Last week, 7/1 didn’t scare me off and it won’t this week, either. Take the action on Rahm.

Bang for Your Buck: 

Gary Woodland — Kansas native Gary Woodland has very quietly put together a great early 2017-’18 season. Most recently, he collected a T-7 finish at the Sony Open in Hawaii and comes to Torrey Pines looking for his first win since 2013. Woodland, a two-time winner on Tour, has never missed a cut at the Farmers Insurance Open. That, and recent form makes the juice well worth the squeeze at 40/1.

Cameron Smith — Aussie product Cameron Smith seems to have cooled just a touch in recent weeks, but he’s still playing quite well and seems to be the type of player who wins this event. Think about the list past winners — sure, Tiger is on there about a dozen times, but there are also quite a few guys who grabbed their first or second career wins here. Smith’s game sets up nicely for the track and at 50/1, his recent form is enough to convince me he’ll be in contention on Sunday.

Fun Under $5:

Maverick McNealy — I like this kid, obviously, and I believe he has the talent to do something special out on Tour. The week, he’s getting 250/1 money and is a massive long shot. That said, of the guys getting three figure returns, he’s probably the most likely to actually pull it off. He found himself in contention on Thursday and Friday at the Career Builder before a hiccup on the weekend relegated him to a mid-pack finish.

Tiger Woods — Hell yeah, I’m putting money on Tiger Woods! I think it’s ridiculous that he’s getting 25/1 money this week — after all, it’s his first start on Tour in an eon — but, if anyone can win in this type of scenario, it’s definitely Tiger Woods. Take a chance, but don’t expect much.

There you have it, friends and degenerates. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some money to blow on superfluous material items that’ll one day be tossed in the trash or pawned to pay gambling debts. Until next time, go and choose wisely…


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