18 Thoughts: Farmers Insurance Open 2020 – Final

9Marc Leishman closed with 65 to come-from-behind and win the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines for the first time.

1.) Leishman’s 65 tied Jon Rahm (2nd) for the lowest round of the week on the South Course. I’ll point out Charley Hoffman (T9) added his name to this list Sunday as his was bogey-free and best of the bunch.

2.) Ryan Palmer’s 62 on the North was the lowest of the week, period.

3.) Leishman has now played the weekend in 10 of 12 at Torrey Pines. This is his fifth top 10 and third podium (T2, T2). I was thrilled to have used him in OAD at Sony, his last start.

4.) Starting on the North Course, Leishman becomes the second consecutive winner to start on the North and only third in the last 11 events.

5.) Leishman joins Rose, Day and Rahm and the fourth consecutive international winner and only fifth overall.

6.) Rahm has played four events and hit the top five three times. He was engaged at the course and picked up his first TOUR win here as well.

7.) Rahm had a one-shot lead playing out of the final threesome. He’s on 0-2 sleeping on the 54-hole lead. I guess he needs SOMETHING to work on!

8.) Since this column doesn’t go to 24, RIP KOBE.

9.) Rory McIlroy, as with most tournaments he enters, was a factor as he tied third. In two starts at Torrey he’s T5 and now T3 the last two years.

10.) Brandt Snedeker loves it here and adds another podium (T3) to his collection. That’s two wins, two seconds and now two thirds from eight top-10 paydays. He loves it here and so does his putter on Poa.

11.) IT’S NOT A SANDWICH. Tom Hoge’s blistering form in 2020 continues as he’s 36-under over three events cashing T12-T6 and solo fifth this week.

12.) Tony Finau was my OAD this week and picked up T6. His streak is now six straight here inside the top 24 and three of four in the top 10.

13.) Patrick Reed (T6) loves Rees Jones redesigns (see: Bethpage Black), as I pointed out earlier this week. Imagine if he made anything (31st) or got up-and-down (T71) as usual?

14.) Bubba’s back! 2011 champ made his first visit since T23 in 2014. Wonder why he kept the biggest course off his agenda all of these years? T6 would suggest it fits his eye. It’s also his fourth top 10 in eight weekends. Bubba back to basics?

15.) Sometimes I out-think myself. I wrote about the Quail Hollow connection earlier this week. Last year’s winner, Max Homa, cashed T9 yesterday as did Patrick Rodgers, another with a hot record on that track.

16.) Harry Higgs and Beau Hossler, who also shared T9, attack a golf course two entirely separate ways. Both tied for ninth. Higgs picked up his sixth T35 or better payday this season while Hossler hits the top 10 for the first time since July of 2018. Hossler grew up in Orange County. Noted.

17.) Tiger Woods sat two off the lead on Saturday as he turned in 32 (-8) but he never fired on the back nine. Trailing by five entering the final he only circled four birdies and cashed T9. The good news was the cool, damp conditions didn’t wipe him out. He finished in the top 10 of SG: Tee-to-Green, Approach-the-Green and Scrambling. Scotty Cameron had a quiet week.

18.) Jason Day barely could practice leading into the week and cashed T16. Beware the injured golfer! Plenty of lumber in the horses for courses department this week T16 or better!

 

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