PGA Golf Tournaments are among the most exciting events in the world and one of the most prestigious tournaments on the PGA tour is the Farmers Insurance Open. Taking place every year at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, the tournament is the final major of the year and has produced some of the most memorable and impressive winners of the last few decades. This article will examine some of the history of the tournament, the players who are expected to return, and the players who are already in the mix.
Will Zalatoris leads the way after 54 holes
During the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open 2022, Will Zalatoris had a commanding lead at the top of the leaderboard. Having won the PGA Rookie of the Year award in 2021, Zalatoris looked to cement his position at the top of the food chain at the South Course at Torrey Pines.
Zalatoris had a flurry of birdies on the front nine. The Australian, who turned pro in Wake Forest, N.C., was tied for the lead after the sixth hole, but then fell backwards. He bogeyed the seventh and missed three-foot putts on the eighth and ninth, but then made a 9-foot birdie putt on the fourth. He also saved a par on the 11th with a 40-foot shot from the rough. He was then three-under for the tournament.
Jon Rahm is in the mix
During the recent FedEx Cup playoffs, Jon Rahm's form has been up and down. He's missed two top-10 finishes in five starts since May, and has had a few misfires in The American Express, The Northern Trust and the BMW Championship.
However, this week, he's in the mix for the Farmers Insurance Open 2022. He's in the top 10 of the field, and has a chance to win.
He's also in the top 15 in fantasy golf and won a maiden major last year, so he's clearly a contender. If you're in a fantasy golf league, you should definitely take a look at his performance this week.
He's got a chance to get the first Farmers Insurance Open title in four years. The top five finishers will walk away with cash prizes. He's also got the highest salary of any player on the tour, so he's a great target for any fantasy golfers looking to make some big money.
Phil Mickelson, Phil Schauffele and Phil Mickelson will return
Defending champion Phil Mickelson, Phil Schauffele and Tiger Woods are all scheduled to play in the Farmers Insurance Open in 2022. The tournament is set to be held at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California, and can be watched in the U.S., the United Kingdom and around the world.
In the first round of the event, Xander Schauffele shot four-under 68 on the North Course. Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka played the South Course. The two paired with Charley Hoffman.
The USGA released the pairings for the 156-man field. In addition to Phil Mickelson, defending champion Xander Schauffele will play alongside Max Homa.
The three men are expected to return to the PGA Tour in 2022, which is the last major tournament before the Masters. However, Phil Mickelson might not be ready to compete against the other legends in the Champions Dinner.
Bryson DeChambeau plans to play
Having only recently gotten back into the swing of things after a gruesome hand injury, Bryson DeChambeau hasn't made a full return to competitive golf. He's only played in two official Tour events this season, and he's missed the cut in both of them. He's also been dealing with a hip injury, and he hasn't won since last season's Arnold Palmer Invitational.
This year, Bryson DeChambeau is hoping to get his game back together for the Masters. He hasn't been involved in the majors since last season's US Open, but he plans to play in the Valero Texas Open next week and the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin next month.
He's not playing the Players Championship, either. He withdrew after the first round with a hip injury. He didn't make the cut in the Farmers Insurance Open in late January, and he won't be in the field at the PGA Championship.
Having attended the tournament a couple of times, I have to say it's one of the most exciting events of the year. The competition is stiff, but the camaraderie and the caliber of players keeps the fun coming. The San Diego Open is one of the most prestigious events on the PGA Tour, with many of the world's top players competing for the coveted title.
The tournament has seen the likes of Tom Watson, Arnold Palmer, Tiger Woods, Bing Crosby and Phil Mickelson. The event has been held at various venues around San Diego, including Rancho Bernardo, Stardust, Singing Hill and Torrey Pines. The best players have usually been those who can best negotiate the San Diego area's notoriously difficult climate.