Tiger Woods Is Back
Big Cat is back in action this week, and he’s making his anticipated 2018 start at a place he’s VERY familiar with. Tiger has won at Torrey Pines 8-times, and included in those 8-wins is one of the greatest U.S. Open’s in golf. The one legged victory. Tiger and Torrey go together like summer and BBQ. To start his 2018 campaign at Torrey Pines is perfect for Tiger Woods. The “fusion” back looks more durable than those Dodge RAM truck commercials. In todays presser Tiger talked about his comeback, and how he feels better than ever.
–@TigerWoods “I have no more pain in my back my back is fused…quality of life is infinitely better than it was this time last year.”— George Savaricas (@GeorgeSavaricas) January 24, 2018
–@TigerWoods “I missed going out there with my buddies and having some fun and playing…before I had to manage how many holes I played and swings I could make…now it’s you want to play 18? 36? I missed that…I go thru the same warm up routine I’ve used last 30-years.”— George Savaricas (@GeorgeSavaricas) January 24, 2018
Tiger isn’t the only one making his debut this week. Jason Day will look to kick off his 2018 campaign. Day WD from the Pro-Am today, but hell doesn’t that mean golf is officially back? Torrey Pines brings in the big names. Besides Day, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Hideki Matsuyama, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, and the defending champion Jon Rahm will be in the star-studded field. If Tiger (wishful thinking) so happened to win this week, it would be against the games best.
Torrey Pines is split into two different courses. You have the North Course, and you have the South Course. Player’s in the field with tee it up on both courses Thursday and Friday. The weekend rounds will both be played on the South Course.
Freshly renovated in 2016, the North Course has been made easier for the professional, and the amateur. Tom Weiskopf added a drivable par 4, and took out many of the bunkers. He also reversed the nines. The North Course plays 7,258 yards from the tips, and is a par 72.
#3 Torrey Pines South Course pic.twitter.com/iug4F4y2fx— Zac Blair (@z_blair) January 23, 2018
The more famous of the two courses The South Course is known for it’s tough playing conditions, and it’s famous hosting of the Tiger 2008 U.S. Open. The South Course can chew you up and spit you out. If played at the tips it’s length can be a real challenge. It will soon host the 2021 U.S. Open. It plays 7,698 yards, and is a Par 72.
Who do I want to win this week? Tiger Woods of course, but my real pick for the week is Tony Finau. I think you have to watch out for him. Yes, this pick could come back and bite me in the ass, but I will take my chances and pick Finau.
Where To Watch
Golf Channel will carry the event on Thursday and Friday from 3 p.m. ET – 7 p.m. ET
Saturday CBS will take over at — 4 p.m. ET
Sunday CBS will take over at — 3 p.m. ET
Notable Tee Times For Thursday / Friday
Tiger Woods, Charley Hoffman and Patrick Reed
Thursday: 1:40 p.m. ET (South Course)
Friday: 12:30 p.m. ET (North Course)
Rickie Fowler, Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele
Thursday: 12:30 p.m. ET (North Course)
Friday: 1:30 p.m. ET (South Course)
Jon Rahm, Jason Day, Brandt Snedeker
Thursday: 1:30 p.m. ET (South Course)
Friday: 12:20 p.m. ET (North Course)
Phil Mickelson, Hideki Matsuyama and Justin Rose
Thursday: 12:40 p.m. ET (North Course)
Friday: 1:40 p.m. ET (South Course)
*Also check out our podcast that previews Torrey Pines and the Euro Tour this week on iTunes.