Golf Betting Preview: Farmers Insurance Open

Farmers Insurance Open logoTiger Woods make his 2011 debut in the Farmers Insurance Open this week at Torrey Pines. Action from the tournament will be aired Thursday and Friday on the Golf Channel (3 p.m. ET) and Saturday and Sunday on CBS (3 p.m. ET).

This tournament dates all the way back to 1927 and for a long time was known as the Buick Invitational. Tiger has won it six times and has basically owned the Torrey Pines course at San Diego in his career.

Despite his well-publicized struggles over the past year, Woods is listed as a +230 favorite at to win the tournament.

There are actually two courses at Torrey Pines, North and South. The players will play one round on each course on Thursday and Friday; the final two rounds will be held on the South Course, site of the 2008 U.S. Open, which Tiger won.

After Woods, Phil Mickelson has the second best odds to win ar +1200. Mickelson will be making his 21st consecutive appearance in the tournament. He’s won the event three times and has seven top-five finishes.

While much of the attention will be on Tiger and Phil, neither has won a tournament in a while and perhaps neither should be favored. Tiger has fallen to third in the World rankings having not won a tournament in more than a year while Phil has fallen to sixth and has not won since last year’s Masters.

In 10 of the last 14 years, this event has been won by a player who is a native of Southern California. That bodes well for someone like Rickie Fowler, who tied for fifth in his debut last year. He is the fourth choice in the betting this week at +2500.

An interesting longshot is Bill Haas, who is leading the all-around rankings on the PGA Tour so far this season. Haas is listed at +3200.

Defending champion Ben Crane, who won by a shot last year over Michael Sim, Brandt Snedeker and Marc Leishman, is listed at +3500.

Odds to win Farmers Insurance Open
Tiger Woods
Phil Mickelson
Dustin Johnson
Rickie Fowler
Nick Watney
Bill Haas
Charles Howell III
Justin Rose
Ben Crane
Hunter Mahan
Robert Allenby
Anthony Kim
Camilo Villegas
KJ Choi
Steve Marino
Bubba Watson
Charley Hoffman
Kevin Na
Brandt Snedeker
Martin Laird
Ryuiji Imada
Lucas Glover
Bo Van Pelt
Rory Sabbatini
Y E Yang
Carl Pettersson
Stewart Cink
Marc Leishman
Davis Love III
Jhonattan Vegas
FIELD (Any Other Player)

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