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Zalatoris Puts it into Overdrive

PGA Tour heads to Torrey Pines for Farmers Insurance Open

The PGA Tour West Coast swing continues with the Farmers Insurance Open, which kicks off a day earlier than normal on Wednesday.

Golf betting odds are available for the popular tour stop where world No. 1 Jon Rahm is the favorite. However, with the likes of Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele, Dustin Johnson and Will Zalatoris in the field, the tournament is up for grabs.

Zalatoris Puts in Ground Work at Farmers Insurance
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Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way

Rising star Will Zalatoris has yet to win on the PGA Tour, but the 25-year-old American is making a statement.

The Masters runner-up closed with seven consecutive birdies during the second round of the American Express last week, carding a 61.

Rounds like that attract attention and Zalatoris hasn’t been missed at the sportsbook for the Farmers Insurance Open.

He was also bombing it off the tee last week, which was the result of lengthening his driver.

“What I saw at home was another 12 yards of carry without doing anything, not trying to smash it. Just being normal,” Zalatoris told PGATour.com following this sixth-place finish.

“That’s something that is going to be huge out here. There’s multiple courses where that extra 12 yards of carry will allow me to hit it over bunkers I was hitting into last year.”

Hitting it long suits Torrey Pines and Zalatoris has woken up to the “distance matters” mantra that is dominating world golf.

“Torrey Pines is the perfect spot for it, where the fairways are tight and it’s a long golf course where you’re trying to hit it as far as you can out there,” Zalatoris added. “Distance is where it’s at now.”

Zalatoris is paying +3000 to score his maiden PGA Tour win. He’ll need to beat the world’s best, but we’re keeping the faith.

Pick: Will Zalatoris +3000

Schauffele Getting Close

Xander Schauffele doesn’t win as often as he should, but that’s no reason to ignore his chances at the Farmers Insurance Open.

He has produced some good performances following Team USA’s Ryder Cup win, including top-20 results in the CJ Cup, Hero World Challenge and Tournament of Champions.

Schauffele closed with a 66 in Hawaii, which should give him confidence to score his first PGA Tour win since 2019. That came in the Tournament of Champions, but he’s also a Tour Championship winner, so the class is there.

People tend to forget that he’s only 28, so he’s still finding his way and we expect him to start winning regularly.

Betting online markets have Schauffele on the third line of betting at +1600. He always garners respect from bookmakers and rightfully so.

Pick: Xander Schauffele +1600

Don’t Get Burned

Sam Burns is one of the most underrated golfers on the PGA Tour, but he’s starting to receive the respect he deserves.

The 25-year-old is +2200 to win the Farmers Insurance Open and his consistency is typically rewarded.

Burns won twice in 2021, including the Valspar Championship and Sanderson Farms Championship. He also lost the St. Jude Invitational in a playoff to Abraham Ancer, so it could have been even better.

His performances in majors were disappointing, but the weekly PGA Tour events are up for grabs and he’s good enough to stake his claim.

We expect a top-20 finish, so take him on an each-way basis.

Pick: Sam Burns +2200

Beware the Wounded Wolff

The career projection for Matthew Wolff was off the charts at one point, and despite going off the boil, he could strike back when least expected.

He missed the cut at The American Express last week when shooting +1. However, he recorded a T11 finish at the Houston Open and a T5 at the OHL Classic last November.

The ability is there for the one-time PGA Tour winner, and he’s only 22 years old. His future is bright, so despite some struggles, especially in the mental health department, we think he can get back to his best.

Wolff is paying a healthy +6600 to win and he’s an excellent saver bet.

Pick: Matthew Wolff +6000

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