2021 Farmers Insurance Open Sleeper Picks

Farmers Insurance Open Sleeper PicksThe PGA Tour continues its California trip with the 2021 Farmers Insurance Open. Just like last week, the Farmers tournament is played on two courses at Torrey Pines, see below for a better breakdown of the golf course and our DraftKings Sleeper Picks for the Farmers Insurance Open.

Most of the tournament is played on the south course so that is the one statistically that you will want to focus on when making your sleeper picks for the Farmers Insurance Open but for a golfer to win the Farmers, scoring on the north course (the easier of the two) will set players up for the weekend.

The tournament is a typical 156 player, 70 cut tournament but with a pretty strong field of golfers that either make the San Diego area their home, or simply love the course and like to start their PGA Tour season there before heading to Arizona next week. Tiger Woods has won at Torrey Pines 7 times and usually makes his season debut there, you’ll have to check player commitments as the tournament gets closer to see if he adds it to his schedule.

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Expert Sleeper Picks for the Farmers Insurance Open

Farmers Insurance Open Golf Course

The tournament is played on 2 different courses: Torrey Pines North course (Par 72, 7,258 yards) and Torrey Pines South course (Par 72, 7,698 yards).

The golfers that survive the cut will play the south course at Torrey Pines three times and it is regarded as one of the toughest non majors course on the PGA Tour because of its length and the occasional weather that can creep up off the Pacific Ocean. Finding guys that hit it long off the tee will be your goal since any chance for birdies will be on the Par 5’s and some of the more manageable Par 4’s. Obviously Par 5 scoring is the 1st stat to pay attention to. Torrey Pines doesn’t give up a ton of eagles but the four Par-5’s do give up some birdies and to win it is very important to take advantage on those holes since the rest of the golf course isn’t going to give up too many other scoring opportunities.

Although I favor some of the longer hitters at Torrey Pines, don’t overlook some short hitters that have a great course history. The rough can be tough to get out of and long hitters don’t always hit it straight so look for guys with a high percentage in fairways hit and a high Greens in Regulation percentage (GIR%) as hitting it straight and true is what will win the Farmers Insurance Open. Short hitters that hit the fairway can have success if their second shot with the longer iron hits the green. There are some tough fairways on the South course, so although being long off the tee can be a big advantage getting out of the rough with a solid second shot is important too.

Not really a stat but be sure to check the weather report on Wednesday night or even Thursday morning to see if there is a tee time split advantage. The wind can be brutal there at times and it can play havoc on the course and players that have a high loft on their ball.

The Grass isn’t always greener – Look for players with success and experience on Poa Greens. The greens on the North course are Bentgrass, but the South course at Torrey Pines still uses Poa and they are traditionally very hard to putt on. The Torrey Pines south golf course has always been ranked as one of the toughest to make putts on from inside ten feet and finding players that have experience playing on the greens here is helpful.

One final thing to consider when looking for a sleeper pick this week - since 2009, all of the past winners have played this event at least twice before winning. Course history is worth a look and rookies may need to be avoided unless they’ve played the course as an amateur.

Summary of Key Stats for the Farmers Open:

Strokes Gained: Off the Tee

Birdie or Better %

Strokes Gained Putting

Par 5 Scoring


Bogey avoidance

Approach from +200 yards

Good Luck and enjoy the 2021 Farmers Insurance Open Tournament!

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2021 Farmers Insurance Open Sleeper Picks

Ryan Palmer - A stellar record at the Farmers Insurance Open for Palmer makes him a great DFS pick this week. He may not be a cheap sleeper pick given his ranking in the work and how he’s played at Torrey Pines but he won’t be mentioned with the favorites and could be a Top 10 finish.

Will Zalatoris - Zalatoris has played Torrey Pines once at the Farmers Insurance Open and although he missed the cut, he shot par both days. He was playing really well in the fall so hopefully the long layoff hasn’t cooled him off too much. If there was a longshot pick to win in this field the Zalatoris would be it and with how talented he is, you could do a lot worse in a pick to win. Regardless, he should be a great DFS sleeper pick this week.