There's some good news for golf bettors this week as the PGA Tour gets an early start -- the Farmers Insurance Open from Torrey Pines in San Diego will run Wednesday through Saturday instead of the usual Thursday-Sunday schedule. Why? Because CBS is televising the final two rounds and also has the AFC Championship Game between the Bengals and Chiefs on Sunday afternoon, so this tournament's start was moved up a day to avoid a conflict. It means there will be a prime-time finish Saturday on the East Coast. World No. 1 Jon Rahm is the +750 favorite.
Torrey Pines is the first event of the New Year broadcast by one of the major networks. Of course, the NFL season is one week longer with the addition of the 17th regular-season game. If the final round does have to be pushed to an additional day, which it has a couple of times in recent years because of weather and playoffs, that bonus day would be Sunday. There is talk of making this tournament a Wednesday-Saturday schedule permanently moving forward if all goes well and the players like having Sunday off.
Patrick Reed is the defending champion; he held a share of the lead in the first and third rounds as well and was never much challenged Sunday in shooting a 68 to win by five. The 54-hole co-leader, Carlos Ortiz, ballooned with a 6-over 78 in the final round. Reed is a +4000 longer shot this week.
The last repeat winner of this event was Tiger Woods, who won four straight at Torrey Pines from 2005-2008. Tiger has won this tournament a record seven times and also the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey, but he's not healthy enough to play yet.
The 2021 U.S. Open was held at Torrey as well and Rahm won by a shot over Louis Oosthuizen. Rahm won this tournament in 2017, was runner-up in 2020 and T7 last year. In two starts this year, Rahm has a runner-up in Hawaii and a T14 Sunday at the American Express.
Justin Thomas (+1200), Xander Schauffele (+1600), Hideki Matsuyama (+1800), Dustin Johnson (+1800) and Bryson DeChambeau (+1800) round out the favorites. None of them have won this tournament, but Matsuyama has two victories on the Tour already this season. He's the only player with two wins on the 2021-22 slate. Hudson Swafford, a long-shot winner of the American Express on Sunday, is +12500 this week.
Golfers play the South and North Course once each before the 36-hole cut and only the South is used for the final two rounds. The South was the sole host of the 2021 U.S. Open. It's a par 72 at about 7,765 yards.
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