Expert picks: Farmers Insurance Open

Tiger Woods is a heavy favorite at the Farmers Insurance Open according to our panel of experts.

Tiger Woods is a heavy favorite at the Farmers Insurance Open according to our panel of experts.

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So this won't come as a surprise, but Tiger Woods is an overwhelming favorite this week at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Our experts also seem to be enamored with Nick Watney this week, who has shown flashes of his old brilliance in recent months.

Take a look at our picks for this week at Torrey Pines:

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Jeff Rude, Senior Writer

Favorite: Tiger Woods.

Don’t forget about: Brandt Snedeker.

Keep an eye on: Bill Haas.

Sleeper: Nick Watney.

Comments: Woods has won at Torrey Pines, what, the last 16 years. Or so it seems. … Snedeker has finished no worse than ninth in his last four Farmers starts, including a victory and two seconds. … Haas is coming off a T-6 at Humana Challenge and has three consecutive top 10s at Torrey Pines. … Watney won at Torrey in 2009 and his game started to turn around late last season. Making his first 2014 start, so he's fresh.

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Jim McCabe, Senior Writer

Favorite: Tiger Woods.

Don’t forget about: Brandt Snedeker

Keep an eye on: Nick Watney

Sleeper: Graham DeLaet

Comments: Woods the favorite? Wow. That's a feather that just knocked you over. Snedeker (a win and four top 10s in a row) and Watney (a win and five top 10s since '07) are Torrey stalwarts, however, and while being ranked 39th in the world doesn't make DeLaet much of a sleeper, when Woods is at Torrey, everyone's a sleeper.

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Adam Schupak, Senior Writer

Favorite: Brandt Snedeker

Don't forget about: Nick Watney, Phil Mickelson

Keep an eye on: Charles Howell III, Jimmy Walker

Sleepers: Michael Putnam, Cameron Tringale

Comments: You're probably taking Tiger, and who can blame you, but he's not the only one with a stellar track record at Torrey Pines. Take Snedeker, who is No. 34 in the Sags, No. 14 in OWGR. He's been a magician with his flagstick on Torrey's grainy greens and counts a win and two seconds since 2010. That's none too shabby. Neither is Watney, who won this event in 2009 and finished T-4 last year. Mickelson? He can sleep in his own bed all week, not to mention being a three-time champ and twice runner-up at Torrey. Howell is desperately trying to end a seven-year winless drought. He has played well this year and twice finished second at Torrey and was T-9 last year. Walker has gone T-6 and T-4 the past two years at Torrey and with two victories in his last six starts, he's en fuego. My sleeper pick last week, Charlie Beljan delivered a T-9. I think you can get a good result out of either Putnam, who has the length, accuracy, and touch around the green to contend at Torrey or Tringale, who finished T-4 here in 2012 and seems ready to make a leap forward in his fifth season on Tour.

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Lance Ringler, Senior Writer

Favorite: Tiger Woods

Don’t forget about: Bill Haas, Phil Mickelson

Keep an eye on: Brian Stuard

Sleeper: Camillo Villegas

Comments: It’s obvious that Tiger and Phil are favorites at Torrey Pines this week. Haas was T-6 last week at Humana and has posted top 10s in last three starts in this event.

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Nick Masuda, Digital Director

Favorite: Tiger Woods

Don’t forget about: Hunter Mahan, Hideki Matsuyama

Keep an eye on: Nick Watney

Sleeper: Justin Thomas

Comments: So, I know I am playing the role of Captain Obvious here, but why wouldn't Tiger be the favorite? That'd be absurd. . . . Matsuyama withdrew at Sony, but I still expect him to have a huge season, while Watney will start a march toward the top 25 in our Sagarins this week. . . . And, I know he's a rookie, but Justin Thomas reminds me a lot of Jordan Spieth in terms of skill and confidence.

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