All eyes are on Jon Rahm this week as he returns to San Diego to try to win a third straight PGA Tour event and a fifth in his last seven starts.
On Saturday night, Rahm can finally retake the top spot in the official world golf rankings, something he has somehow yet to do, despite what has been an incredible run of golf.
Here’s everything you need to know for the Farmers Insurance Open.
Open Farmers Insurance
Torrey Pines Golf Course | San Diego, California
By 72 | 7,765 yards
Purse: $8.7 million/$1.566 million
FedExCup points for the winner: 500
Betting Favorite, via BetMGM: Jon Rahm (+450)
Last Out: Luke List wins in the playoffs
It took an extra hole, but Luke List secured his first career PGA Tour victory last season at Torrey Pines.
List, after starting the final round 5 shots off the leaders, beat Will Zalatoris in a tiebreaker to win the 2022 Farmers Insurance Open. He posted a 66 in the final round and had to wait nearly two hours for the tiebreaker to begin. get victory.
That tournament ended up being the highlight for List in what was otherwise a pretty tough season. He closed the year without making the cut in five of his last seven starts and finished in the top 10 just two other times.
Jon Rahm ready for a quick change
With the Farmers Insurance Open starting on a Wednesday, that doesn’t leave much time for a reset for those who played at The American Express last week.
Rahm, however, is here for a quick turnaround, and it’s easy to see why.
Rahm enters this week as the betting favorite once again in San Diego, where he is coming off his fourth win in his last six starts. And Torrey Pines, where he won the 2021 US Open and earned his first career Tour victory, feels like the perfect place for him.
“It’s great that if I’m going to have a short change after a win after a tough Sunday, coming to a golf course or golf courses that I’ve had a lot of success on and a lot of positive, positive memories, right?” Rahm said Tuesday, “It’s always refreshing to come here, and I love this tournament so much that every time I come I have that extra motivation to win it again.”
Rahm can finally retake the No. 1 world ranking this week in a number of ways, starting with a win. Depending on how Rory McIlroy fares on the DP World Tour, Rahm could finish as low as third solo and still take top spot.
It’s not just Rahm who feels confident with his game. Justin Thomas, coming off an extended break and his wedding earlier this month, sees it in him too.
“I would say clearly whatever Jon Rahm’s game is is pretty good for Torrey Pines,” Thomas said Tuesday. “It seems that’s it, it’s not that his game is bad for any field, but it seems that he is doing well in this place.”
Xander Schauffele’s back seems fine
Earlier this month, Schauffele withdrew from the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii due to a back injury.
After seeing what he did with his wild albatross on Sunday, it’s safe to say he’s back to his old self.
Schauffele drained his 225-yard approach Sunday at The American Express for a rare double eagle, helping propel him to a third-place finish.
“I would say that I will always feel that I am at 100 percent. He’s probably a little tired,” she said Tuesday over her back. “I haven’t golfed much since Maui. Even earlier, I had a little setback in the Bahamas, that’s where the whole back thing started. And then Maui was unlucky, one of my favorite places of the year and then not a lot of golf.
“So I feel great, but if I were to feel like I’m swinging as hard as I can off every tee, I’d probably get tired pretty soon. It’s like a golf thing. You start golfing more, you start walking, you start swinging more, you’ll get into the swing of things.”