Fantasy Aces: Farmers Insurance Open

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WEEK 4, MATCH 1: Jeff Babineau ($1,151,433; 1-1-1) vs. Sean Martin ($1,725,433; 2-1-0)

JEFF BABINEAU

Best bet: Luke Donald. I know, how could I possibly be so dumb to pass on Phil Mickelson? Well, I think Lefty is going to have a monster year, but he might be a little too hyped up for his personal version of Opening Day, which just happens to be in his own backyard. Even though Torrey would seem to be a big-hitters ballpark, Luke Donald does quite well at the place, and he’s still smarting from missing the cut by one at the Sony. He’s my pick.

Farmers Insurance Open

Site: San Diego

Course: Torrey Pines, South Course (7,568 yards, par 72); North Course (6,874 yards, par 72)

Purse: $5.3 million

Winner’s share: $954,000

Ace up my sleeve: Charles Howell III. The nod here goes to Charley Triple Sticks, who is off and running in fine fashion and is a two-time runner-up at this golf course. Remember the year his ball jumped out of the hole at 18 and bounced into the fronting pond? Well, this place owes him one, big-time.

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SEAN MARTIN

Best bet: Phil Mickelson. Too hard not to pick him after the way he closed the ’09 season, with victories at the Tour Championship and WGC-HSBC Champions.

Ace up my sleeve: Bubba Watson. Tied for seventh last year at Torrey Pines, and is coming off 80-some holes of good golf at the Bob Hope. It will be interesting to see how he rebounds from a disappointing finish.

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WEEK 4, MATCH 2: Lance Ringler ($977,833; 0-2-1) vs. Jim McCabe ($322,850; 2-1-0)

LANCE RINGLER

Best bet: Phil Mickelson. Tough call this week. The popular pick will be Mickelson and the only reason one might shy away from Lefty is this is his first event since early November. Mickelson has won three times at Torrey Pines. Nobody would be surprised if this week marks his fourth.

Ace up my sleeve: Charles Howell III. This one is easy. Howell has missed just one cut at Torrey Pines in eight starts and that came at the 2008 U.S. Open. Howell has twice finished runner-up and is expected to play well this week.

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JIM McCABE

Best bet: Dustin Johnson. It’s going to be cool, damp, and windy. Sort of like Pebble Beach – and we know how that suited Johnson just fine last year.

Ace up my sleeve: Charles Howell III. Nine rounds played, seven of them in the 60s, eight of them sub-par. Nice early season rhythm that we’ll ride along the San Diego cliffs.


Farmers Insurance Open field based on the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index:

  • 6. Hunter Mahan
  • 7. Phil Mickelson
  • 16. Luke Donald
  • 19. Nick Watney
  • 20. Ernie Els
  • 23. Michael Sim
  • 29. Robert Allenby
  • 30. Jason Day
  • 32. Dustin Johnson
  • 38. Kevin Sutherland
  • 39. Lucas Glover
  • 41. Ben Crane
  • 44. John Senden
  • 46. Mark Wilson
  • 48. Ben Curtis
  • 53. Jason Dufner
  • 56. Jonathan Byrd
  • 58. Stephen Ames
  • 61. Boo Weekley
  • 63. Justin Rose
  • 65. Charley Hoffman
  • 66. Chad Campbell
  • 69. J.J. Henry
  • 71. Pat Perez
  • 73. Bubba Watson
  • 75. Rod Pampling
  • 76. Steve Marino
  • 78. Cameron Percy
  • 79. Charles Howell III
  • 80. Tom Gillis
  • 83. Ryan Moore
  • 84. Jeff Overton
  • 88. Michael Letzig
  • 93. Nick O'Hern
  • 95. Greg Chalmers
  • 96. Jeff Klauk
  • 99. Garrett Willis
  • 104. Chad Collins
  • 105. Kevin Streelman
  • 107. John Rollins
  • 109. Bryce Molder
  • 110. Scott McCarron
  • 111. Blake Adams
  • 112. Michael Allen
  • 117. Matt Jones
  • 118. Fredrik Jacobson
  • 121. Brandt Snedeker
  • 123. Marc Leishman
  • 124. Rocco Mediate
  • 129. Paul Goydos
  • 131. Henrik Bjornstad
  • 132. Graham DeLaet
  • 136. Aaron Baddeley
  • 137. Chris Tidland
  • 138. John Mallinger
  • 139. Roger Tambellini
  • 141. Ryuji Imada
  • 142. George McNeill
  • 143. Chris Riley
  • 146. Greg Owen
  • 149. James Nitties
  • 150. Harrison Frazar
  • 151. Mathew Goggin
  • 153. Charlie Wi
  • 156. Daniel Chopra
  • 157. John Merrick
  • 158. D.A. Points
  • 159. Troy Matteson
  • 160. Nathan Green
  • 161. Stuart Appleby
  • 163. Ted Purdy
  • 169. Tommy Armour III
  • 170. Bill Haas
  • 171. K.J. Choi
  • 172. Richard S. Johnson
  • 178. Chris Baryla
  • 180. Jeff Gove
  • 182. Brett Quigley
  • 183. Lee Janzen
  • 185. Garth Mulroy
  • 196. Andres Romero
  • 197. Tim Petrovic
  • 198. Mark Calcavecchia
  • 204. Bill Lunde
  • 205. Derek Lamely
  • 211. J.B. Holmes
  • 212. Jeff Quinney
  • 214. Carl Pettersson
  • 219. Rickie Fowler
  • 222. Joe Ogilvie
  • 223. Matt Bettencourt
  • 227. Omar Uresti
  • 228. Scott Piercy
  • 230. Steve Flesch
  • 233. Justin Bolli
  • 236. Kevin Stadler
  • 237. Martin Laird
  • 240. Alex Cejka
  • 241. Josh Teater
  • 242. Brian Stuard
  • 245. Craig Bowden
  • 248. Alex Prugh
  • 249. Spencer Levin
  • 262. Ryan Palmer
  • 276. Brendon de Jonge
  • 280. Tom Pernice, Jr.
  • 283. Rich Beem
  • 285. Ricky Barnes
  • 289. Troy Merritt
  • 297. Johnson Wagner
  • 302. Nicholas Thompson
  • 304. Jerod Turner
  • 315. John Huston
  • 318. Steve Wheatcroft
  • 334. J.P. Hayes
  • 336. Kris Blanks
  • 341. Jimmy Walker
  • 343. Billy Mayfair
  • 347. Matt Every
  • 354. James Driscoll
  • 357. Steve Lowery
  • 364. John Daly
  • 380. Andrew McLardy
  • 381. Will MacKenzie
  • 382. Michael Bradley
  • 387. Jay Williamson
  • 390. Chez Reavie
  • 402. Brent Delahoussaye
  • 409. Rich Barcelo
  • 425. Kevin Johnson
  • 459. Martin Flores
  • 479. Fran Quinn
  • 483. Jesper Parnevik
  • 507. Parker McLachlin
  • 508. Roland Thatcher
  • 536. Vance Veazey
  • 565. David Duval
  • 578. Marc Turnesa
  • 589. Brenden Pappas
  • 633. Arjun Atwal
  • 717. Greg Kraft
  • N/R. Shane Bertsch
  • N/R. Gregory Casagranda
  • N/R. Michael Connell
  • N/R. Chris Couch
  • N/R. Billy Horschel
  • N/R. David Lutterus
  • N/R. Tim Parun
  • N/R. Blake Trimble
  • N/R. Cameron Tringale
  • N/R. Gunner Wiebe
  • N/R. Chris Wilson
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