Can Xander Break Through at Torrey? Farmers Insurance Open Preview
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Image Credit: Adam Lacy/Icon Sportswire. Pictured: Xander Schauffele.

The PGA Tour is back again this week with the Farmers Insurance Open. We’re looking at another two-track rotation this weekend with Torrey Pines North and South being featured. Neither of these courses put much of an emphasis on driving accuracy and definitely lean towards rewarding distance off the tee. That information should serve as more of a tie-breaker than a hard and fast rule, but it’s definitely important.   

Checking the Chalk

Jon Rahm ($11,300) and Rory McIlroy ($11,000) look like they’ll be two of the four highest-owned golfers on the slate this week. As we know, there are strong cases to be made for fading the most-expensive and most-owned golfers. Since the start of 2018, there have been 400 golfers that have been priced at $10,000 or above. Over that span, you don’t gain much of anything by eating the super-chalk in the five-figure salary range.

Xander Schauffele ($10,400) is the obvious pivot off of Rahm and McIlroy.

He’s quickly ascended the Power Ranking throughout his short career. Schauffele currently sits at -1.61 in Raw PRK. That’s the second-best mark of anyone in the entire field, and you’re getting an ownership discount. People will point to Xander’s poor course history here as a knock against him, but if that’s the reason we’re getting him at low ownership, then so be it. 

Mid-Range Target

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