This article is part of our Weekly Recap series.
There's an official start to the PGA Tour season, now in autumn. And there's an unofficial start, the first tournament of the calendar year, the Tournament of Champions. Then there's the first full-field event of the new calendar year at the Sony. But there's yet another unofficial start to the season, this week at the Farmers Insurance Open.
The Farmers is the first event of the year that brings out a gaggle of high-end talent and it's our first glimpse at a tough track, Torrey Pines South. The North Course is also in play this week for one round, and it's definitely easier than the South Course, but it's not a cakewalk.
This week: Farmers Insurance Open - Torrey Pines, La Jolla, Calif.
Last Year: Jason Day shot a final round 70 on his way to a playoff victory over Alex Noren and Ryan Palmer.
Jon Rahm (10-1)
It's a little surprising to see Rahm as the favorite considering the strength of this field, but his track record here is pretty solid. Rahm won this event in 2017 and was atop the leaderboard midway through his third round last year only to fizzle down the stretch. His form is good entering this week, and he's played well in six of eight rounds at this event, which means he should definitely be considered among the favorites this week.
Rory McIlroy (12-1)
This is a perfect example of odds being set a certain way as a projection of how the public