SAN DIEGO – Tiger Woods said Torrey Pines is playing more like a U.S. Open this week than a regular PGA Tour stop.
“Good or bad thing?” he was asked.
“I find it good,” he said, smiling. “Past experiences.”
Woods said that the last time the rough here was this lush and the greens this speedy and firm was back in 2008, when the ocean-side track last held the Open. Woods won that event, his last major, at 1 under par.
“If they keep the golf course like this, it’s going to be one hell of a test as the week progresses,” Woods said.
Should he win again this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, Woods will become the first player in PGA Tour history to win at the same venue nine times. He also has eight wins at Firestone and Bay Hill.
In 13 starts at this event, he has seven wins, a runner-up and a third-place finish, with a scoring average of 68.61. His only finish outside the top 10 came in 2011, when he finished joint 44th. He has shot just three rounds over par here.
Because he has accrued so many wins at his playgrounds, it’s easy to lose perspective. So consider this: Woods’ eight wins at Torrey Pines are more than Matt Kuchar, Rory McIlroy, Brandt Snedeker, Luke Donald, Hunter Mahan and Justin Rose have in their entire Tour careers.