The PGA Tour stop this week is the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines and that means Tiger Woods is back.
Woods, who is making his 2019 debut, has played in this event 17 times and won it on seven occasions. Factor in that he also won the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines (his last major victory) and his eight wins here ties with Firestone Country Club and Bay Hill for the most victories he has at one venue.
It will be Woods’ first official start since winning the season-ending Tour Championship in September for his 80th career PGA Tour victory. Woods did play in the unofficial Hero World Challenge in early December in the Bahamas.
In addition to the 14-time major winner, the field at the Farmers Insurance Open features a plethora of marquee names led by defending champion Jason Day and including reigning Colonial champion Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott, Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele, Hideki Matsuyama, Tony Finau, Patrick Reed and last week’s Desert Classic champion Adam Long.
Of note, Phil Mickelson will be skipping the event for the first time in 29 years. Mickelson has won the event three times and played well at last week’s Desert Classic, which included an opening round 60, but he said last week that Torrey Pines is no longer a good place for him.
“It’s a tough thing for me because I love that tournament and I love the community and to play six in a row is just, it’s not going to happen,” Mickelson said on golf.com. “So I don’t know which ones I’m going to miss and we’re still trying to figure it out. I should know shortly, I just don’t know right now.”
The Farmers Insurance Open airs on Golf Channel Thursday and Friday with early round coverage on the weekend. CBS will have the third and fourth round coverage from 2-5 p.m. CT on Saturday and Sunday.