Torrey Pines is hallowed ground for a plethora of players. It has hosted the Farmers Insurance Open since 1968 and even a U.S. Open in 2008 which Tiger Woods won in a playoff against Rocco Mediate. In the 51 year history of the event being held at Torrey Pines, there have been seven different multiple winners. Looking at the roster this year one would think they are looking at another U.S. Open, but it’s just a strong field of players.
Big names headlining this week include Justin Rose (the current World Number One) Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, and Tiger Woods. Missing from this week’s action is Phil Mickelson, who is a San Diego native and has played in the tournament an astonishing 28 times but is limiting his schedule this year so that he can stay focused on the few he will play this year. Tiger Woods will be making his initial 2019 PGA season start after a lackluster performance at the Hero World Challenge back in December. Woods will be looking to add a ninth win at Torrey Pines, his last coming in 2013.
Justin Rose is making his second start as a full Homna staffer. Last week Rose had a ho-hum finish T-34 at the Desert Classic (his worst finish since the 2018 Houston Open) and is still getting used to his new sticks, but will look to heat things up to maintain his World Number One status. Jordan Spieth missed the cut in his last outing at the Sony Open in Hawaii by a single stroke and will be looking to right the ship this week to try and get into major championship form. Rory McIlroy is making his debut at The Farmers Insurance Open, but this is not McIlroy’s first trip to Torrey Pines. As a junior golfer, McIlroy played here in the Junior World Championship and made a hole in one that week even though he did not win.
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