Torrey Pines regularly hosts the Farmers Insurance Open, a regular January stop on the PGA Tour, and hosted the U.S. Open in 2008.
Even though the U.S. Open is hosted at different courses, there is a common thread through each based on how it is an exceedingly difficult test of golf.
Keep in mind, the last time that the U.S. Open was held at Torrey Pines, in 2008, Tiger Woods won a playoff against Rocco Mediate after they were tied at 1-under-par through 72 holes. It is not likely to be an easy weekend of golf.
Some players that have had recent U.S. Open success include:
Brooks Koepka, who won in 2017 and 2018 before finishing second in 2019.
Xander Schauffele, who has finished fifth, sixth, third, and fifth in the past U.S. Opens.
Louis Oosthuizen has four Top 10 finishes in his past 10 U.S. Opens.
Dustin Johnson won in 2016 and has five Top 10 finishes in his past seven U.S. Opens.
Consistently in contention, Rahm has 10 Top 10 finishes in 17 events this season and that doesn’t include his withdrawal from the Memorial a couple of weeks ago when he was sitting on a six-stroke lead after three rounds before he was forced to withdraw due to a positive COVID-19 test. His scoring average of 69.768 is lowest on the tour this season and Rahm has four Top 10 finishes in five Farmers Insurance Opens at the Torrey Pines South Course.
Phil Mickelson MORE THAN 72.5 TOTAL STROKES
As great as it was to see Mickelson turn back the clock to win the PGA Championship, he has not had a Top 25 finish at the U.S. Open since 2013. For a player who tends to spray the ball and get into trouble, the thick rough could pose a real problem for Lefty. The one advantage that Mickelson has, though, is that Torrey Pines is practically his home course – he has been playing PGA events there since 1988.
Brooks Koepka MORE THAN 72.5 TOTAL STROKES
While Koepka has been one of the most consistent threats at recent U.S. Opens, Torrey Pines has not been his friend. In three tour events there in his career, Koepka has missed two cuts and finished 41st. Only one of his eight rounds there have been under 72.5 strokes and that is on the version of the course that isn’t set up to be as daunting as the U.S. Open.
Bryson DeChambeau MORE THAN 72.5 TOTAL STROKES
The winner of the 2020 U.S. Open, DeChambeau has played four rounds in two appearances at Torrey Pines, missing the cut both times he has played the South Course. Really, the entertainment will come from seeing if DeChambeau and Koepka can find their way to the same group on the weekend.
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Much like Koepka, DJ has been a consistent contender at recent U.S. Opens but has not fared well at Torrey Pines when the PGA Tour stops there for the Farmers Insurance Open. Johnson hasn’t played that event since 2017 and in his past five appearances he missed two cuts, had two finishes outside the Top 40, and his best result was 18th place.
While McIlroy had more success earlier in the season, he did win the Wells Fargo Championship last month and he has only recently started playing at Torrey Pines but has finished fifth, third, and 16th in three appearances at the Farmers Insurance Open.
Jon Rahm LESS THAN 86.5 MKF FANTASY POINTS
There is a reason that Rahm is the odds-on favorite going into the tournament. He has been playing well, generally, on the tour this season. He has performed well at Torrey Pines during regular PGA Tour events and finished third at the U.S. Open in 2019.
Dustin Johnson LESS THAN 85.5 MKF FANTASY POINTS
The question that hangs over some of the golfers in this field, Johnson included, is whether their previous struggles at this specific course are worth as much or more in the evaluation as is their history playing the U.S. Open, which typically presents a much harder test of golf. Given that Johnson has had a difficult time at the easier version of Torrey Pines, it is hard to like his chances to accumulate a lot of MKF Fantasy Points this week.
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