Tiger Tries To Tame Torrey Pines...Again

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Tiger Woods has won this tournament on seven occasions. Image courtesy of Sam Greenwood/Getty Images
Few players have a stranglehold over a course like Tiger Woods does the Torrey Pines South course in San Diego. Seven times he has triumphed in the event now known as the Farmers Insurance Open – previously the Buick Invitational – and in 2008 he somehow managed to come up victorious in the US Open when he held off Rocco Mediate in a playoff while playing on one leg due to a knee injury.

This event is played over both the North and South courses, with the latter holding the record as the longest layout for a major championship until Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course took over after hosting the 2012 US PGA. In addition to his eight triumphs here, Woods also has five top-10s to his credit. This is his first event of the year, though, but he eats up the par fives on courses like this; in 2013 he played them in 12-under the card. His four-round score was 14-under.

Phil Mickelson also has a good record in this event having collected the big prize on three occasions. He should be coming in to this with a win under his belt, but he crashed in the final round in Abu Dhabi with a triple bogey on the back nine ruining his chances. It was pure ‘Lefty’ magic as he tried to play a shot out of a bush right-handed, only to connect with the ball a second time as it popped out. The double hit penalty cost him dearly, as he finished just a shot behind Pablo Larrazabal in a tie for second with Rory McIlroy.

A man who loves this course almost as much as Tiger is Brandt Snedeker . He won the title in 2012 and in six other visits has twice finished runner-up, and also finished third and ninth. Unlike Woods, he has already shed some rust in 2014, finishing tied for 11th in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii before a poor result in the Humana Challenge. As always, though, injuries are his main concern. He has only just returned from a knee problem after he fell off a Segway in November. He was super-hot during this West Coast swing in 2013, but after two seconds and a win at Pebble Beach, he had issues with his ribs and missed the next month of golf.

Jimmy Walker is the in-form man on the PGA Tour at the moment. He has two wins since the season started back in October taking out the Frys.com Open before his victory in the Sony Open in Hawaii two weeks back. He also has a top-10 finish under his belt in the CIMB Classic and another couple of top-25 efforts. He tied for 4th at Torrey Pines in 2013 and finished in a lock for eighth the year before.

Jason Day looks the best of the Australians as he makes his debut in 2014. After winning the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne, Day has taken the past few weeks off, but he did finish ninth in last year’s Farmers Insurance Open, and carded a 66 on the final day. 

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