Defending champions Luke List, Harris English, Justin Rose, Ryan Palmer and JB Holmes will be among the notables reviewed for Draws and Fades.
You’ll excuse creative license alongside Rahm in slot #1 above, but honestly, unless you’re sleeping under a tori pine tree, for example, you don’t need supporting evidence. El tipo está en fuego.
Ram’s success at Torrey Pines speaks volumes about his comfort level but is also a reflection of his suitability. Like Kapalua and last week’s trio of tracks, there are four par 5s on each of the North Course and South Course. He doesn’t need 5 values to win, but they certainly don’t hurt his muscles.
Each of the 156s in the field would play North and South once before cutting 36 holes from a low 65 and dropping ties. After that, only South would be used for the third and fourth rounds. During Saturday’s closing, the first round of the Advocates Pro Golf Association Tour’s Farmers Insurance Invitational will kick off at North Course. It’s a two-round competition that will conclude in the south on Sunday.
Just like the week’s agenda, the settings in each course are the same as last year’s, well, almost. With a maximum height of half an inch to four inches, and hanging winds, Poa-bentgrass greens can stretch up to 13 feet on the Stimpmeter. That will be six inches longer than usual.
In fact, the winds will be fluttering pants during Thursday’s second round, blowing in from the northeast, so the daytime high will be in the upper 60s and will be much warmer today. The air will barely lose 60 degrees the rest of the time, if at all. A morning sea class also can’t be ruled out, but with co-op conditions in general, and with split points used every turn every round, darkness shouldn’t threaten completion of play.
At 7,765 yards, Torrey South is the longest course to host a PGA TOUR Championship. Torrey North hints at only 7,258 yards, but with heavy air next to the Pacific Ocean, men will appreciate advances in equipment over the years so they don’t hit long irons on most greens that are a little smaller than average.
Both courses are 72s, but North is much easier, so potential contenders need to take advantage of it to relieve pressure to compensate for South. Last year, the North average was 68,769. In the same two innings, South came in at 73.013. In all four innings, South averaged 72.350, which essentially hit the bull’s-eye of the moving target. The spike in scoring in 2021 (at 73.340) can be mostly blamed on the impact of early planning for that summer’s US Open, which Ram, of course, won.
Luke List defended his only PGA Tour title this week. On his way to 15-under 273, he took a 68 in the second innings win over Torey North. In the FedExCup era (2007-present), all but one of The Farmers’ champions have gone below 70 in the North – Brandt Snedeker with a second-round 70 in 2016. The irony is that the Sneds co-own the course record in the North with a 61 in a year 2007.
Next week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am doesn’t have an open qualifier but the top 10 Farmers will get entry if not already exempt.
Note: ShotLink is only used in south court.
Rob Bolton schedule
Rob Bolton of PGATOUR.com summarizes and previews each tournament from many perspectives. Look for his next contributions as scheduled.
Monday: strength ratings
Tuesday*: They sleep, equalize, and fade
Sunday: Payments & Points, Medical Extensions, Qualifications, Reshuffle, Rookie Ranking
* – Rob is on the PGATOUR.COM Experts’ Anthology panel for PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf, also published on Tuesdays.
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