Golf Rankings for Farmers Insurance Open
Justin Rose [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #5
Even though Rose won last year’s BMW Championship (a FedExCup Playoff event), he elected to skip the season opener. His debut will come at Torrey Pines where he owns two straight top-25s. Rose never exceeded par in any of those eight rounds and finished last year 13th in All-Around Ranking.
If not for a mediocre third round in last week’s Humana Challenge, Villegas would have challenged for a top-five finish instead of the T19 he ended up with. At Torrey Pines in 2008, he finished T13 in this event and T9 in the U.S. Open. The following year Villegas finished T3, but he only managed a T44 last year. If his game is truly coming back around, expect Villegas to be a factor this week.
Keegan Bradley [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #14
In his first career start at Torrey Pines last year, Bradley finished T25. Now two starts into 2012, he's collected finishes of 16th and T13. Bradley is coming off an impressive rookie campaign that featured two wins, including the PGA Championship. It's just a matter of time until he strikes with another big performance.
Geoff Ogilvy [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #49
After a third-place finish in the BMW Championship and a T11 in the TOUR Championship (the final two FedExCup Playoff events), Ogilvy ended his 2011 season with two top-four finishes in three PGA Tour of Australasia events. Even though he's missed three straight cuts in this event (2004, 2006 and 2008), Ogilvy finished T9 at Torrey Pines in the 2008 U.S. Open. Those only looking at the results from this specific event will surely overlook Ogilvy, making him a nice value.
Ernie Els [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #24
Els spent last week in South Africa playing in the Volvo Golf Championships, a tournament of championships on the European Tour, finishing with a share of second in a playoff defeat. In three career starts at Torrey Pines, Els has finished T6 in 2005, T14 in the 2008 U.S. Open and a T5 from 2010. While Els isn't the player he once was, he's proven himself on several occasions at this course.
Back pain forced Johnson to withdraw midway through the second round of the Humana Challenge. DJ had knee surgery in November and had not walked 18 holes until trying to compete last week. Despite some erratic performances here and there, his talent is top notch but health is a serious question. Johnson scored a career-best T3 at Torrey Pines last year, but he's a gamble until he finishes a tournament pain free with solid results.
Gary Woodland [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #198
While Woodland owns a pair of ugly finishes at Torrey Pines, he’s still worth a look. In 25 starts last year, he only missed four cuts while adding seven finishes of sixth or better and 13 top-15s. Over his last six starts, including one Fall Series event, Woodland finished 16th or better five times. He finished last year fifth in driving distance, 12th in greens in regulation percentage, 13th in birdie average and 14th in scoring average.
Bo Van Pelt [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #25
While Van Pelt hasn’t competed at Torrey Pines since 2008, he’s become a safe and consistent player worthy of starting. In the second half of 2011, not counting the Fall Series, BVP collected four top-10s and eight top-15s in 13 starts while only missing one cut. He would finish ninth in total driving and 10th in All-Around Ranking.
In limited action last year, Sutherland missed six cuts in the 11 starts he made. Sutherland did score a pair of top-15s, though, including a T14 at Torrey Pines. In fact, he owns four such results in his last five starts here. In all, Sutherland has competed in this event for the last 16 years, never missing the cut while collecting nine top-15s.
Robert Garrigus [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #38
While he’s missed the cut in two of the last three events at Torrey Pines, Garrigus gets a look here thanks to his share of second last week. Garrigus has three top-30 finishes in six starts in this event, so he’s got a shot to keep things rolling. Last year he ranked fourth in driving distance and 18th in birdie average.
Bud Cauley [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #89
In two starts this season, Cauley has finished T29 and T30, respectively. However, he’s shot a collective 17-under in the opening two rounds of those events while only aggregating a 1-under in the final two rounds. Clearly, the 21-year-old rookie is capable of great things and will be doing so in quick order once he starts to perform better as tournaments wear on.
Pat Perez [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #147
At the Sony Open, Perez was inside the top-five after the second round but stumbled in the final two rounds to drop to a finish of T46. Last week, he overcame a poor third round to score a T14. Perez landed a top-20 at Torrey Pines last year and could do so again if he keeps it together for all four rounds.