by Jeff Skinner
There’s a little extra buzz in the world of golf this week as Tiger Woods will make his first start of 2014. Tiger always brings plenty of attention wherever he plays and this week is no different. The golf world relishes the Tiger Woods/Phil Mickelson rivalry and this week’s Farmer Insurance Open is our first chance for a Phil and Tiger showdown. With Phil announcing that he’ll play less in 2014 to save himself for the majors and Woods already playing his standard reduced schedule these Tiger/Phil matchups will become even rarer.
It’s a home game for San Diego native Mickelson who has won three times at Torrey Pines. But if anyone feels comfortable at Torrey Pines it has to be Woods. The world number one has amassed a record eight career wins on the South Course including his last major in 2008.
In fact, Woods has carved a Hall of Fame career on just three golf courses. He has a total of twenty four victories on just three courses with eight each on Torrey Pines, Bay Hill and Firestone. Any tour player would kill for that three course resume.
But the 2013 PGA Tour Player of the Year is still searching for that elusive fifteenth major and the pressure to restart his climb up Mount Nicklaus grows heavier each season. Tiger’s chase starts this week as he works on his game and heads towards Augusta.