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By Seth Kerr (Cooper)

GolfWRX Contributor

The PGA Tour continues its West Coast Swing with a stop in La Jolla, California for the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. Bubba Watson, returns as defending champion headlining a strong field at one of the most famous municipal golf courses in the world. Most of the top Americans are in the field and will be looking to test their game on two very different courses.

The North course, which is played once by the field on either Thursday or Friday, is the shorter of the two courses, with the back tees being approximately 6,874 yards. The South course, the longer and more difficult of the two, is approximately 7,568 yards from the tips and is the only course played on the weekend.

The Farmers is the first tournament of the year for several players, and is J.B. Holmes’ first tournament since since undergoing brain surgery on Sept. 1 for a rare condition called Chiari malformation. Holmes believes he is only 85 percent back, and is still missing about five mph of swing speed. But the long-hitting Holmes is still hitting drives over 300 yards, and said is looking forward to returning to competitive golf.

Holmes isn’t the only player with questions looming about his game on the eve of the Farmers. Phil Mickelson is coming off a disappointing 2011 that raised questions about whether he can win another major. After a poor performance at Humana last week where he barely made the cut, he will be looking to start fast and gain momentum as he prepares for The Masters. Gary Woodland is also in the field in his first event since he began working with Butch Harmon.

Who can forget the finish last year, with Bubba Watson getting up and down from what looked like an impossible bunker shot on No. 18 for birdie and Phil Mickelson asking Bones to tend the flag from 66 yards and then almost holing out for eagle to force a playoff? In a Ryder Cup year, points are all the more important and players like Rickie Fowler, who has recently switched to Cobra, will be looking to move up the rankings.

The tournament is thought of as a bomber’s paradise with Mickelson, Watson, Woods, Watney, and Daly all having won at Torrey Pines. However, Ben Crane showed in 2010 that an “average” hitter who can keep the ball in the fairway and hit Torrey Pines’ small greens has a chance to win.

The tournament will air on Golf Channel on Thursday and Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. EST, and on CBS from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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GolfWRX is on the ground at Marvin Leonard’s famed pet project, Colonial Country Club, peeking into players bags and taking in the action on the driving range.

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2018 Forth Worth Invitational at Colonial Country Club (par 70; 7,209 yards). The event has now been hosted here for 73 straight years.

Headlining the field this week are Jordan Spieth, who’s currently ranked No. 3 in the Official World Golf Rankings, Jon Rahm (No. 4), Justin Rose (No. 5) and Rickie Fowler (No. 6). Joining them are notables Webb Simpson, who’s coming off his win at The 2018 Players, as well as Wesley Bryan, Jason Dufner, Bryson DeChambeau, Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Brooks Koepka, Louis Oosthuizen, Pat Perez, Adam Scott, Charl Schwartzel, Jimmy Walker, and last week’s champion, Aaron Wise.

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The 21-year-old Aaron Wise pulled off a three-shot victory at the 2018 AT&T Byron Nelson Invitational — his first win on Tour. If you want to see the clubs he used, click here.

In addition to our Winning WITB series, where we show the clubs, shafts and specs from the winning player every week, we will also highlight the apparel they wore in our all-new Winning Outfit series. This is the first edition, and we hope you enjoy!

GolfWRX’s Resident Fashion Expert Jordan Madley says:

“First off congrats to Aaron Wise on his first win on Tour, but even more on his outfit choice for the final round. From a lady’s perspective, if you train hard, show off the hard work! Aaron, a Nike athlete neck to toe, showed off his lean physique in a Nike Zonal Cool polo, their slim-fitting flex pant, a stretch woven belt and finished it off with Lunar Command 2 kicks. The dark tones meant he was ready for war on Sunday and it worked!”

GolfWRX’s non-fashion-expert (but occasional fashion designer) Editor Andrew Tursky says:

“Wise went pretty conservative for his Sunday outfit. He was probably a little nervous trying to get his first victory and didn’t want to be too loud. Don’t get too fancy when it’s winning time; a good lesson for the folks at home. That’s not to say this outfit wasn’t sharp, though. White hat and white shoes is a great look, especially paired with the grey shirt and black pants/belt. Hits of white on the shirt with the Nike Swooshes bring it all together. Solid look here.”

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Hat: Callaway Tour Authentic

Polo:  Nike Zonal Cooling Polo Framing (unreleased)

Belt: Nike Stretch Woven

Pants: Nike Flex Pant Slim

Shoes: Nike Lunar Command 2 Boa

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