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Golf Glance: Can Jon Rahm tame Torrey Pines once again?

Field Level Media
26 Jan 2022, 10:19 GMT+10

Field Level Media's Golf Glance provides weekly news and storylines from each of the major North American golf tours.

PGA TOUR

LAST TOURNAMENT: The American Express (Hudson Swafford)

THIS WEEK: Farmers Insurance Open, San Diego, Calif., Jan. 26-29

Courses: Torrey Pines South (Par 72, 7,765yards); Torrey Pines North (Par 72, 7,258 yards)

Purse: $8.4M (Winner: $1.512M)

Defending Champion: Patrick Reed

FedEx Cup Leader: Hideki Matsuyama

HOW TO FOLLOW

TV: Wednesday, 12:30-4:30 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Thursday, 3-7 p.m. (Golf Channel); Friday, 3-5 p.m. (Golf Channel), 5-8 p.m. (CBS); Saturday, 2:30-4:30 p.m. (Golf Channel), 4:30-8 p.m. (CBS).

PGA Tour Live: Four live feeds per day on ESPN

Social Media: @FarmersInsOpen (Twitter)

NOTES: This is the 13th of 47 FedEx Cup events in the 2021-22 season. ... The scheduled Saturday finish is the first on the PGA Tour since the 1996 Phoenix Open. ... The South Course ranked as the fourth toughest on tour last season with an average score to par of 1.340, and each of the past three winners opened the event on the North Course. ... Dustin Johnson tees it up for the first time since The CJ Cup @ Summit. His best finish in nine previous event starts was a T3 in 2011. ... Bryson DeChambeau added the event to his schedule after withdrawing before the Sony Open due to a wrist injury. ... Reed is attempting to become the fourth player to successfully defend at the event. The most recent was Tiger Woods, who won four consecutive from 2005-08. Woods also holds the 18-hole scoring record of 62 on the South course set in 1999. ... Jason Day is a two-time event winner. ... Kamalu Johnson received a sponsor exemption after being forced to withdraw last year due to a positive COVID-19 test. Fellow APGA player Ryan Alford is also in the field. Other sponsor exemptions include Taylor Montgomery and Kevin Yu.

BEST BETS: Jon Rahm (650 at BetMGM) won the event in 2017, finished runner-up in 2020 and T7 last year before claiming his first major title at the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines last June. ... Justin Thomas (1400) leads the tour in birdie average this season (6.83) and makes his first start in the event since 2015. ... Matsuyama (1800) is the only two-time winner on tour this season and owns the longest active streak on tour with 13 consecutive rounds in the 60s. ... Xander Schauffele (1800) is a San Diego native and joined Rahm as the only players last year to finish in the top 10 of both the Farmers Insurance Open and the U.S. Open. ... Sam Burns (2200) makes his fifth appearance and is coming off a T18 last year. He has a win and a runner-up among 10 consecutive events finishing no worse than T21. ... Marc Leishman (3300) won the event two years ago and has a pair of runner-ups and two other top-10s in 13 previous starts. ... Reed (5000) has five consecutive top-25s at Torrey Pines, including a T19 at the U.S. Open.

NEXT TOURNAMENT: ATT Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Pebble Beach, Calif., Feb. 3-6

LPGA Tour

LAST TOURNAMENT: Tournament of Champions (Danielle Kang)

THIS WEEK: Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio, Boca Raton, Fla., Jan. 27-30

Course: Boca Rio Golf Club (Par 72, 6,701 yards)

Purse: $2M (Winner: $300,000)

Defending Champion: Nelly Korda

Race to the CME Globe leader: Kang

HOW TO FOLLOW

TV: Thursday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. ET; Sunday, 2-5 p.m. ET (All times Golf Channel and streaming on NBC Sports App)

Social Media: @GainbridgeLPGA, GainbridgeLPGA

NOTES: Korda won last year's event at Lake Nona Golf Country Club, site of last week's Tournament of Champions. ... Korda leads the Team USA Solheim Cup standings with 78 points, followed by Kang (77) and Lexi Thompson (58). ... Kang moved up two spots to No. 8 in the Rolex Rankings following last week's victory. ... Seventeen of the 21 winners on tour last year are in this week's field. ... Two-time defending Race to the CME Globe winner Jin Young Ko is idle for the second consecutive week.

NEXT TOURNAMENT: LPGA Drive On Championship, Fort Myers, Fla., Feb. 3-5

Champions Tour

LAST TOURNAMENT: Mitsubishi Electric Championship (Miguel Angel Jimenez)

THIS WEEK: OFF

NEXT TOURNAMENT: Chubb Classic, Naples, Fla., Feb. 18-20

--Field Level Media

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