Fantasy Tip Sheet: Torrey Pines

Nick Watney during the PGA Championship

Nick Watney during the PGA Championship

While many of the top players in the world are playing in Abu Dhabi, there is still plenty of intrigue at Torrey Pines in San Diego. For many, this is when the season truly gets going.

Rickie Fowler is making his 2012 debut, top-10 players Phil Mickelson and Hunter Mahan are in the field, Bubba Watson is back to defend his title and J.B. Holmes is returning from brain surgery, so there will be plenty to follow from San Diego.

Our fantasy panelists are a bit all over the board this week, but a pair of our senior-most writers do agree that there is one clear favorite: Nick Watney.

Watney has won at Torrey Pines before and has contended on many other occasions.

Here is a look at our picks for this week:

Rank Winner Wild Card Last Week
Rude Nick Watney

Californian won at Torrey Pines in 2009 and tied for sixth last year.

Geoff Ogilvy

Torrey Pines is for long hitters. It has played host to a U.S. Open. Ogilvy is a long hitter and has won a U.S. Open. On top of that, he now lives in nearby Del Mar, so he's in comfortable surroundings.

Winner: Bill Haas ($11,816); wild card: Brian Gay ($18,512). 2012 total: $790,328

McCabe Brandt Snedeker

Seems to have come through hip surgery quite well and there's the impressive track record at Torrey Pines – T-9 a year ago, T-2 in 2010, and third in 2007 when he threw down a 61 on the North Course.

Cameron Tringale

Would love to tell you I pored over statistical matter to come up with this one but it is the ultimate gut pick. Like his game and he seems to be putting a lot of good things together.

Winner: Spencer Levin ($11,816); wild card: Anthony Kim ($0). 2012 total: $283,525

Martin Phil Mickelson

His play improved as the week went on. He always seems to play well here, finishing second last year.

Sang-moon Bae

I'm going to go a little out of the box here. Bae, a top-50 player in the Official World Golf Ranking, has finished 29th and 14th in his first two starts there year after graduating Q-School.

Winner: Matt Kuchar ($56,000); wild card: Brian Gay ($18,512). 2012 total: $378,012

Miceli Nick Watney

Loves playing in San Diego, the course fits his game and he has had a couple weeks off to get his game ready. No reason why one of the best American players won't do well this week.

Ernie Els

Els had a great week last week, losing in a playoff in South Africa. He has had good success at Torrey with two top-10 finishes in only two appearances. Got to go with the track record.

Winner: Phil Mickelson ($13,821); wild card: Harrison Frazar ($0). 2012 total: $1,260,821

Ringler Charles Howell III

CHIII has everything working in his favor right now. He has a very good track record at Torey Pines and his 2012 form is very good.

Pat Perez

Can surprise you any given week. Don't be surprised this week.

Winner: Bill Haas ($11,816); wild card: David Hearn ($0). 2012 total: $1,245,316

The field and their Golfweek/Sagarin Ranking:

  • 7. Hunter Mahan
  • 9. Phil Mickelson
  • 13. Nick Watney
  • 14. Bubba Watson
  • 16. Charles Howell III
  • 18. J.B. Holmes
  • 20. Rickie Fowler
  • 24. Ryan Moore
  • 25. Bud Cauley
  • 26. Gary Woodland
  • 27. Bo Van Pelt
  • 29. Spencer Levin
  • 31. Dustin Johnson
  • 32. Bill Haas
  • 35. Aaron Baddeley
  • 39. Justin Rose
  • 42. Brandt Snedeker
  • 43. Y.E. Yang
  • 45. Chris Couch
  • 47. Brandt Jobe
  • 48. Kyle Stanley
  • 52. Geoff Ogilvy
  • 53. Robert Allenby
  • 58. Stewart Cink
  • 59. Andres Romero
  • 63. Brendon de Jonge
  • 64. Trevor Immelman
  • 65. Ben Crane
  • 69. Pat Perez
  • 70. Kevin Streelman
  • 76. Matt Every
  • 77. Charley Hoffman
  • 81. D.A. Points
  • 83. Ricky Barnes
  • 86. Vijay Singh
  • 92. Keegan Bradley
  • 93. Gary Christian
  • 94. Robert Garrigus
  • 96. Ernie Els
  • 98. J.J. Killeen
  • 99. Sang-Moon Bae
  • 101. J.J. Henry
  • 102. Cameron Tringale
  • 105. Charlie Wi
  • 111. David Hearn
  • 112. Ted Potter, Jr.
  • 113. Chez Reavie
  • 114. John Rollins
  • 115. Blake Adams
  • 122. Chris Kirk
  • 123. Greg Chalmers
  • 124. Josh Teater
  • 125. Steve Marino
  • 127. Jimmy Walker
  • 128. Bill Lunde
  • 129. William McGirt
  • 130. Nick O'Hern
  • 134. Michael Thompson
  • 136. Marco Dawson
  • 140. Russell Knox
  • 142. John Merrick
  • 146. Brendan Steele
  • 148. Bryce Molder
  • 150. Camilo Villegas
  • 158. Jhonattan Vegas
  • 159. Billy Mayfair
  • 160. Erik Compton
  • 161. Rod Pampling
  • 166. Danny Lee
  • 169. Scott Piercy
  • 171. Jonas Blixt
  • 174. Marc Leishman
  • 178. Tom Pernice Jr.
  • 180. Vaughn Taylor
  • 185. Troy Matteson
  • 186. Chris DiMarco
  • 192. Kevin Stadler
  • 196. John Mallinger
  • 197. Mathew Goggin
  • 198. D.J. Trahan
  • 200. Ryo Ishikawa
  • 204. Tim Herron
  • 205. Tommy Gainey
  • 207. Jason Kokrak
  • 209. Justin Leonard
  • 211. Anthony Kim
  • 212. Miguel Angel Carballo
  • 216. Troy Kelly
  • 219. Briny Baird
  • 221. David Mathis
  • 222. Tommy Biershenk
  • 223. Paul Goydos
  • 225. Stephen Ames
  • 240. Roberto Castro
  • 246. Nathan Green
  • 247. Billy Hurley III
  • 261. Scott Stallings
  • 262. Kevin Chappell
  • 263. Angel Cabrera
  • 265. Steve Wheatcroft
  • 267. Garth Mulroy
  • 278. Michael Bradley
  • 280. Seung-Yul Noh
  • 281. Tom Gillis
  • 282. Ken Duke
  • 286. Kevin Sutherland
  • 288. Sunghoon Kang
  • 290. Ryuji Imada
  • 292. Arjun Atwal
  • 293. Boo Weekley
  • 305. James Driscoll
  • 312. Martin Flores
  • 321. Chris Riley
  • 330. Greg Owen
  • 336. Alexandre Rocha
  • 338. Mark D. Anderson
  • 341. Peter Tomasulo
  • 350. Stuart Appleby
  • 361. Bobby Gates
  • 367. Kyle Reifers
  • 384. Jarrod Lyle
  • 389. Cameron Beckman
  • 395. Kyle Thompson
  • 397. Kevin Kisner
  • 422. Matt Bettencourt
  • 427. Will Claxton
  • 434. Daniel Chopra
  • 443. Colt Knost
  • 448. Marc Turnesa
  • 455. Scott McCarron
  • 464. Richard H. Lee
  • 492. Scott Brown
  • 517. Rocco Mediate
  • 518. David Duval
  • 522. Brendon Todd
  • 603. Edward Loar
  • 612. Scott Dunlap
  • 614. Gavin Coles
  • 639. Duffy Waldorf
  • 696. Daniel Summerhays
  • 699. Derek Lamely
  • 706. Stephen Gangluff
  • 729. Patrick Sheehan
  • N/R. Charlie Beljan
  • N/R. Gregory Casagranda
  • N/R. Graham DeLaet
  • N/R. Harris English
  • N/R. Brian Harman
  • N/R. John Huh
  • N/R. Jay Hwang
  • N/R. Neal Lancaster
  • N/R. Jamie Lovemark
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