Tiger Woods returns to a familiar place this week at Torrey Pines, but he’s in an unfamiliar position of being an underdog – just to make the cut. But that’s not going to damper our excitement for Woods’ first official PGA Tour event since this very tournament last year. And to discuss how he’ll fare against a slew of prop bets, Jon Rahm’s rapid rise, and a nightmarish Super Bowl matchup, Steve Hennessey joins me for this week’s chat. Please have a listen:
And if you're more old school and would rather just read my normal weekly fantasy golf picks, here's my fab foursome in San Diego:
Jon Rahm: The defending champ is coming off a playoff win in Palm Springs that moved him to No. 2 in the Official World Ranking. An obvious call, but you gotta do it.
Charles Howell III: It’s officially Chucky season. Howell has four top 20s in his past six starts and he’s posted seven top 10s in 15 starts at Torrey. That includes three runner-ups, the last of which came last year.
Jhonny Vegas: After a strong summer, Vegas has started 2018 with a T-7 and a T-11. His solid track record at Torrey, includes a T-3 in his debut here in 2011.
Phil Mickelson: I'm going with an aging, multiple-time winner at Torrey Pines, but it's not Tiger. Mickelson doesn't have quite the same success here as Woods, but he's a three-time winner of this event with 10 career top 10s. Although none have come in the past seven years and he's coming off a missed cut at the CareerBuilder, I think he’ll be a bit more motivated with Tiger returning.
Just missed: Justin Rose and Patrick Cantlay.
Knockout/One-and-done pick: Phil Mickelson. Rolling the dice here a bit, but it's probably the best chance to use him all season. Now we hope the tour pairs him with Tiger to really motivate him.
And here's the podcast link again, if you want to hear Steve and I jabber: