With a slightly earlier start than usual to the Farmers Insurance Open we already find ourselves at the halfway stage of the tournament. American Sam Ryder leads the way on -12 with his compatriot Brandon Steele three shots behind on -9. Here is our Farmers Open Round One & Two Recap.
The Farmers Insurance Open has seen play over both of the famous Torrey Pines courses – the North and South Courses. Whereas the conditions during the first round were consistent on both courses, yesterday’s second round saw a huge difference between the two.
Those playing on the South Course were hit with breezy and blustery conditions in comparison to the much calmer conditions on the North. Round 1 leader Sam Ryder was one of the unlucky ones to play his second round on the South Course but bucked the trend of dropped shots, by playing some fantastic golf amidst some blustery conditions.
Ryder plays his best golf in the trickiest of conditions
Starting his second round on -8, Ryder picked up a further four shots to stand alone at the top of the leaderboard on -12. Showing remarkable patience and control, the world number 283 belied his ranking and will head into today’s third round three clear of the rest of the field.
Trying to chase Ryder down is Brendan Steele who partnered with Ryder over the first two days. Steele struggled in the wind but put some gloss on his round with two closing birdies.
Jon Rahm headed to Torrey Pines trying to win on the PGA Tour for the third tournament in succession. Rahm hasn’t played his best golf but will start the day just eight strokes off the pace.
Jason Day, Collin Morikawa, and Max Homa find themselves in contention – lying within seven strokes of the lead.
By holding a three-shot lead heading into today’s third round, Sam Ryder is the favorite for victory and can be backed at +325. Ryder is a veteran of the Tour and as of yet hasn’t won on the full PGA Tour.
Through 18 holes Ryder has played like a champion in waiting but in breezy conditions and with a host of top players chasing him – it will be interesting to see how he handles the pressure.
Brendan Steele has been without a win on Tour in over four years and has been presented with a rare opportunity here. In tough conditions yesterday Steele was able to do just enough to keep himself towards the top of the leaderboard but will need to play more consistent golf if he is to find himself challenging tomorrow.
Before a ball was struck this week, all eyes were on Jon Rahm and after a slow start, he will be eyeing up a strong final 36 holes. Rahm is the third favorite and can be backed at +700. He easily has the capabilities to score heavily and that price could look huge if he plays well today.
Collin Morikawa is making his first start since throwing away the Sentry Tournament of Champions. Once again Morikawa is showing signs of improved golf and will start today seven back and looks well priced at +1200 to make a charge.
Nobody has enjoyed playing golf in California as much as Max Homa, and the Californian native has won three times in his last six Californian starts. Homa is six off the lead but will be confident of climbing the leaderboard today +750 could be a savvy way to bet.
|GOLFER||ODDS TO WIN THE 2023 FARMERS INSURANCE OPEN|
|FIELD (ANY OTHER)||+170|
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