The 2011 Farmers Insurance Open Six-Pack at Torrey Pines

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The 2011 Farmers Insurance Open Six-Pack at Torrey Pines
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Last years winner Ben Crane

It’s pretty tough to start off this week’s preview without giving some serious props to Jhonattan Vegas on his first PGA Tour win. This 27-year-old Venezuelan is the first man from that country to play in the PGA, and he just so happened to win his second event in the big dance.

At 6’2” and almost 230 pounds, if you watched any of last week’s event, you know the big kid hits it far. If you bet on him, you were very happy as most European sports books had him at 350:1 odds!

This week we head to beautiful La Jolla, California to Torrey Pines for this year’s Farmer’s Insurance Open. Tiger and Phil will be there, with a boatload of young talent to push them to their limits. The keys to Torrey are simple. Hit the ball really far off the tee and make sure you can putt on poa annua greens. It also will not hurt to be able to scramble, especially from this tricky thick perennial rye/poa annua hybrid rough. One man in this field has done that better than any other. His name? Who else but Tiger Woods?

Expectations are running high for this guy. I was actually still surprised to see him getting the odds of old. This week he is a landslide favorite to win at 2.75:1 odds. Do I think he has what it takes? Yes, I absolutely do. But just in case he does not win, I have some gems for you to consider wagering on this week.

Tiger versus Phil might be the match of the week. I have no doubt that Tiger will handle Phil, as Phil just came off a less than desirable finish in Abu Dhabi. Add in the travel time, and I’ll take the seven-time winner on this course over the three-time winner any day.

I jumped up rather nicely in the Yahoo fantasy league last week. I now have 498 total points on the year. I jumped up seven percentage points in the overall pool to land in the 88th percentile. In my group the Fans of Hunter Mahan, I also leaped up seven points to the 85th percentile. I now am leading ALL four of the Yahoo experts. Vara trails me by eight points, Planer is down by 70, Romig is back 18 points and Arkush has come back to earth, lagging me by 77 points.

Here’s who I like this week:

GROUP A

Start      Nick Watney                      Sit          Tiger Woods

GROUP B

Start      Rickie Fowler                     Sit          Bill Haas

             Matt Jones                                       Robert Allenby

GROUP C

Start      Charles Howell III                Sit          Brandt Snedeker

 

Are you parched enough to quaff this week’s six-pack?

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