The money list: Best bets for the Farmers Insurance Open
We make our picks for the PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines, and examine Tiger Woods' chances in his return to FedEx Cup golf.
Back to win: Justin Rose –
No one was hotter than Rose at the end of 2017, as he closed out the season with wins at the HSBC Champions, Turkish Open and Indonesian Masters.
The Englishman finished 22nd in Abu Dhabi last week, but should be back among the contenders at a course that suits his game.
Rose has the length and accuracy off the tee to avoid the long rough and hit the tight greens at Torrey Pines, and 37-year-old’s fourth-place finish last year suggests he’s more than capable of going all the way.
Back each-way: Jhonattan Vegas –
Vegas has made a solid start to 2018 with a T7 at the Tournament of Champions and a T11 at the CareerBuilder Challenge.
The Venezuelan is likely to build on that form at an event where he finished third in 2011.
With two top-20s at Torrey Pines in the last three years, Vegas has the tools to compete at this course.
The two-time PGA Tour winner is a nice bet to at least place at this price.
Outside shot: Francesco Molinari –
Molinari is a huge price this weekend considering he recorded six top-10 finishes last season and only missed four cuts in the whole of 2017.
The Italian is yet to play in 2018, but closed out last year in decent form with a T17 at the World Tour Championship and an eighth place at the Tiger Woods-hosted Hero World Challenge.
Molinari is a four-time winner on the European Tour, and has the ball-striking ability to do really well at this course, as he did last year with a T14.
Making his first start in a FedEx Cup event in exactly a year, Woods is just to win at Torrey Pines.
The 42-year-old has won eight times at this course, but, given that he missed the cut by four strokes last season and hasn’t played in a competitive event since, he’s one to avoid.
Against this competitive field and after such a long lay-off, he’d do well to make the cut.