The PGA Tour heads to the California coast for the Farmers Insurance Open, the 12th event of the wraparound season. A full field of 156 players will tackle the North and South courses at Torrey Pines against one of the Tour's most scenic backdrops.
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1. Jordan Spieth: Finished a respectable T-7 last week while topping the Phoenix power rankings, and he should have another strong week at Torrey Pines. Spieth played his way into the final group of the third round a year ago, but faded with 75-75 over the weekend to finish T-19. Coming off a strong finish at TPC Scottsdale, not to mention two wins to close 2014, he should improve on that result.
2. Jason Day: The Aussie was a runner-up last year and he also finished T-9 in 2013 when he closed with a 66 on the South Course. Day started the year strong with a T-3 at the winners-only event at Kapalua, and other than a pair of mid-tournament withdrawals he hasn't finished outside the top 20 on Tour since the Open Championship in July.
3. Justin Rose: Rose hasn't played in the U.S. since the Tour Championship, but he comes in off a solid showing in a pair of events during the European Tour's Desert Swing. Rose hasn't played at Torrey Pines since a run of three straight starts from 2010-2012, but he was predictably solid across that stretch: 11 of 12 rounds at par or better, two top 25s and no result worse than T-33.
4. Jimmy Walker: Walker tees it up for the first time since his nine-shot romp at the Sony Open. While he missed the cut unexpectedly last year after playing the first two rounds alongside Tiger Woods, Walker was T-4 at Torrey in 2013 and T-8 the year prior. Factoring in his playoff loss at Kapalua, no one has started 2015 with more momentum than the current FedEx Cup leader.
5. Brooks Koepka: He won last week in his debut at TPC Scottsdale, so there's no reason to think he can't contend in his first trip to Torrey Pines. Koepka has the length off the tee to tame the difficult South Course and create plenty of opportunities on the shorter North Course, and the 24-year-old is not lacking for confidence after his triumph on Sunday.
6. Hideki Matsuyama: The Japanese phenom has twice worked into contention already in 2015, but both times he has been derailed by a balky putter. Matsuyama tied for 16th last year in his Farmers debut with all four rounds of par or better, and he now has four top-10 finishes to hsi credit already this season, including a trio inside the top three.
7. Bill Haas: Haas won his last start at the Humana Challenge, and his track record at Torrey Pines is sneaky good: six top-20 finishes in 10 starts, including a run of three straight top 10s from 2011-2013 highlighted by a T-4 result in 2012. His tee-to-green consistency pays dividends across both courses at this event, and that trend should continue this week.
8. Justin Thomas: The rookie shows no signs of slowing down. Thomas tied for 17th last week in Phoenix for his fifth straight top-25 finish, a streak that dates back to the Sanderson Farms Championship in November. While the 21-year-old doesn't have much experience on Tour, he does know this event and venue after a surprise T-10 finish in his Farmers debut last year.
9. Brandt Snedeker: Coming off a disappointing end to his 2014 season, Snedeker has now finished T-10 three times already this season, including last week at TPC Scottsdale. While he missed the cut at Torrey Pines last year, he had reeled off four straight top-10 finishes before that, including a win in 2012 and runner-up finishes in 2010 and 2013.
10. Rickie Fowler: Fowler finished in the middle of the pack last week in Phoenix and missed the cut at Torrey Pines last year, but his record in San Diego prior to 2014 is worth note: four straight top-20 finishes, including a T-5 in 2010 and a T-6 in 2013.