Farmers Insurance Open 2020: Best Picks and Latest Odds for Torrey Pines

Rory McIlroy is the bookmakers' favorite to win the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, California, this week.

According to Oddschecker, the world No. 2 heads to California as a 6/1 favorite, followed by world No. 3 Jon Rahm at 15/2.

McIlroy makes his return to the PGA Tour after a six-week hiatus and will be hoping to continue the form he showed last season, when he won four tournaments and received the PGA Tour Player of the Year award.

The Northern Irishman displayed remarkable consistency, finishing in the top 10 in 17 of his 25 starts, including at the PGA Championship and the U.S. Open.

McIlroy finished tied for fifth at his first-ever competitive appearance at Torrey Pines last year and winning his first event of the year would see him surpass Brooks Koepka atop the world rankings.

The four-time major winner has held the position for 95 weeks during his career, but over four years have passed since he last was the world No. 1.

"[It] would be great to get back there," he was quoted as saying by Golf Digest earlier this week.

"But I'm coming out after a six-week break of not hitting any shots."

"Look, it's on the radar. If it doesn't happen this week, I'll have chances in the future."

Rahm also won four events last year—one on the PGA Tour and three on the European Tour—and finished in the top 10 at the Masters and the U.S. Open, securing a career-best finish in a major with third place in the latter.

The Spaniard won the Farmers Insurance Open in 2017 and will be looking for his first major title this year.

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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his second shot on the 14th hole during the final round of the DP World Tour Championship Dubai on the Earth Course at the Jumeirah Golf Estates on November 24, 2019 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. David Cannon/Getty

Behind the duo, Tiger Woods is a 10/1 shot as he makes his debut for the season on one of his favorite courses.

Woods has won eight times at Torrey Pines in his career, taking the Farmers Insurance Open seven times and clinching the 2008 U.S. Open.

The 15-major winner finished 2019 on a high, winning the Zozo Championship in Japan and finishing fourth in the Hero World Challenge, before leading the U.S. to victory in the Presidents Cup in Australia.

In his role as playing captain, Woods went 3-0 in his matches at Royal Melbourne and played a crucial role as the U.S. retained the trophy.

Woods turned 44 in December and has had to adjust his approach after returning from a career-threatening injury two years ago.

"It's hard to put it together for all four days as you get older," he said in his press conference on Tuesday, confirming he will take two weeks off before his next event.

"It's just harder. That's one of the things I've noticed, it's hard to recover now. But I've been able to win a few tournaments since I've made my comeback and hopefully win some more.''

Xander Schauffele is a 14/1 outsider, followed by defending champion Justin Rose and Hideki Matsuyama, both at 16/1, while Rickie Fowler is an 18/1 shot.

While not quite as good as Woods', Rose has an excellent record at Torrey Pines. The Englishman, who finished second at the Singapore Open last week, has not finished below eighth in his past three appearances at the Farmers Insurance Open.

At 22/1, meanwhile, both Tony Finau and Gary Woodland are intriguing bets.

The former finished fifth at the Masters and third at the U.S. Open last season and has finished in the top 25 in his last five appearances at Torrey Pines.

Woodland, meanwhile, has finished in the top 20 in each of the last four years in San Diego and recorded four consecutive top 10 finishes in the fall of 2019.

Jason Day, the winner of the 2015 PGA Championship, is a 33/1 outsider. The Australian has been dealing with a back problem that forced him to skip the Presidents Cup last month, but looks to be back to full fitness and has won twice at Torrey Pines in his career.

Meanwhile, Jordan Spieth and Francesco Molinari are 40/1 and 66/1 long shots respectively.

The Texan has not won a tournament in over two years and wasn't picked for the Presidents Cup.

The world No. 2 after his 2017 at The Open—his third major title—Spieth fell to No. 17 at the end of 2017 and is 45th now, but is mildly confident he can end his drought this season.

"I think I have a really good frame of mind, which should allow me to build some patience getting my game where I want it to be," he told ESPN.

Molinari, meanwhile, is on an awful run of form, but his long-iron game could be a factor on a course like Torrey Pines.