Farmers Insurance Open
We discuss NFL kickers, the greatest comedy of all time, Bubba's new wheels, and of course, this week's PGA Tour stop
Farmers Insurance Open
Where: La Jolla, Calif.
Course: Torrey Pines (South & North)
Defending champion: Bubba Watson held off Phil Mickelson for a one-shot victory.
This Week's Fix Six
2. Ben Crane
3. Charles Howell III
4. Brandt Snedeker
5. Bill Haas
6. Robert Garrigus
Welcome to another edition of Fantasy Fix, where we've come to realize that missed chip shots and crazy bounces aren't exclusive to the world of golf. The NFL playoffs and the Humana Challenge certainly gave us an exciting weekend. How about Mark Wilson, aka "Little Cheese," winning for the third time since the beginning of last year? Even among his peers, he'd probably be the guy you'd peg as the kicker if you were putting a pick-up football game together. Can he come up big again this week? Here are some thoughts.
The PGA Tour stays on its West Coast swing, heading to San Diego for the Farmers Insurance Open. Even with Tiger Woods playing in Abu Dhabi instead of at the event that typically marks the beginning of his season, this is by far the best field of the year so far. As for San Diego, it's a city that will forever hold a dear place in my heart. I mean, it's the setting of the greatest comedy ever, "Anchorman." It's science. Oh yeah, my parents also happen to live there...
Random tournament fact: Last year, Phil Mickelson had his caddie Jim "Bones" Mackay tend the flagstick on the 72nd hole as he tried to hole out from about 74 yards to tie for the lead. This has never happened before.
Bubba Watson. The lefty held off that other lefty on his home turf to pick up the biggest win of his career. Since then, he added another win at the Zurich Classic, but really has struggled since, with a T-16 at the Deutsche Bank Championship being his lone top 25 in a full-field event PGA Tour event. We'd like to see him show us at least a top 15 before we give him a plug. He also might be distracted by the cool purchase he recently made when he bought the original "General Lee" car from the "Dukes of Hazzard" TV series. Of course, a new, even more pink, driver could be distracting as well...
STUD/KNOCKOUT PICK OF THE WEEK
Nick Watney. He has four top 10s here in the past five years, including one of the most spectacular back-door high finishes you'll ever see last year when he went out in eight-under 28 and finished with a final-round 63. In those four years, which included a win in 2009, he has shot over par just once.
Starters: Nick Watney, Brandt Snedeker, Ben Crane, and Hunter Mahan.
Bench: Charles Howell III, Bill Haas, Rickie Fowler, Jamie Lovemark
GUEST PICK OF THE WEEK
This week's prediction comes courtesy of Karl Devlin (@kdevo1) via Twitter:
"I like D.A.Points this week,9th and 5th on last two outings here so obviously likes the setup.Game in good shape at the moment!"
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SURPRISING DUD OF THE WEEK
Ryan Moore. The dapper dresser, who recently teamed up with veteran caddie Tony Navarro and shot a second-round 61 at the Humana Challenge, has missed the cut four of the five times he's teed it up in San Diego, including three years in a row. We're sure his "duds" will be snazzy as always, though.
GUY I'M MAD AT WHO I CAN'T STAY MAD AT
Bill Haas. A T-64 at a tournament he'd won and finished runner-up the past two years after I went out on a limb and picked him? Ouch. But, I like him again this week based on his four top 20s in seven starts here. Last year, it looked like he would break through with a win before a 75 on Sunday took him from being tied for the lead to a T-9.
GUY I'M MAD AT WHO I MIGHT STAY MAD AT
Kevin Na. Another player who I liked at in Palm Springs who came up short. Na's T-30 was a disappointment and we're not expecting much this week either at an event where he hasn't played the weekend the past three years.