The 2016 fantasy golf season is off and running, as the PGA Tour remains in California this week for the Farmers Insurance Open. A field of 156 players will tackle the North and South Courses at Torrey Pines, the latter of which hosted the 2008 U.S. Open.
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1. Brandt Snedeker: The ideal match of recent form and course history. Snedeker followed his T-3 finish in Maui with a playoff loss at the Sony Open, and his record at Torrey Pines includes a third-place finish in 2007, T-2 finishes in both 2010 and 2013 and a playoff win in 2012.
2. Jason Day: The Aussie won a year ago after a runner-up finish in 2014 and a T-9 result the year prior. While he still showed signs of rust earlier this month in Kapalua, this week's burly venue should suit Day well and allow him to notch another high finish in just his second start since October.
3. Rickie Fowler: Fresh off his win in Abu Dhabi, Fowler travels to San Diego where he racked up four straight top-20 finishes from 2010-2013. While his results at Torrey have dropped off in the last two years, his recent form should prove those struggles to be more the exception than the rule.
4. Charles Howell III: Howell has quietly compiled a strong start to the wraparound season, with five straight finishes of T-17 or better. His record in San Diego is equally strong, highlighted by runner-up finishes in both 2005 and 2007 and a trio of top-10 finishes since 2010.
5. Bill Haas: Haas has been a consistent presence on Torrey Pines leaderboards in recent years, with four top-20 finishes in his last five starts and seven such results since 2005. He logged four straight rounds in the 60s last week while finishing T-9 in defense of his CareerBuilder title.
6. Patrick Reed: Stalled out in Palm Springs, but that snapped a run of seven straight top-10 finishes worldwide. While Reed hasn't played this event since a T-39 finish in 2013, he is one of the players in this week's field who should embrace the demanding test that the South Course will provide.
7. Jimmy Walker: Walker tends to play well early in the season, and he followed a T-10 finish at Hyundai with a T-13 finish at Sony. His record at Torrey Pines includes three top-10s in the last four years, highlighted by a T-4 finish in 2013 and a T-7 finish last year.
8. Justin Rose: The Englishman is making his first start of the new year at an event where he has a decent - but not spectacular - record. Rose appears ideally suited for the South Course's demands, but his best result in six appearances is a T-22 finish in 2010, so temper expectations accordingly.
9. Phil Mickelson: Like Rose, Mickelson has cause for both optimism and concern. Lefty came out of the gates with a T-3 finish last week in Palm Springs, his best result since June, and he has won this event three times. But since a runner-up in 2011 he hasn't had much success, failing to crack the top 50 in each of his last four appearances.
10. Shane Lowry: Lowry hasn't played in the U.S. since the PGA Championship, but he has a knack for taking on tough courses as demonstrated by his WGC-Bridgestone victory in August and T-9 finish at the U.S. Open. The Irishman finished T-7 last year in his Torrey Pines debut.