Also among the entrants for this year's Buick at Torrey Pines is Phil Mickelson, who contested Love to the 18th hole Sunday and who won the Buick Invitational last year. Mickelson broke Tiger Woods' six-tournament win streak with the victory.
Woods had made up all of a seven-stroke deficit by the 13th hole, but couldn't keep up the torrid pace with Mickelson. Mickelson recovered from two double-bogeys with back-to-back birdies to notch the win.
Mickelson, who now lives in Scottsdale, Ariz., grew up in nearby San Diego, Cal., and played Torrey Pines three times a week when he was in high school. Woods, though, also grew up nearby, in Cypress, Calif. But as Love said before the tournament began last year, 'Jack Nicklaus won a lot of golf tournaments by having his name up there, not by how he played coming down the stretch. Guys believe sometimes more in other people's game than their own.'
Woods returns to try again to win for the first time this year. This time he has lost six tournaments in a row instead of winning six.
Others in the field include Tom Lehman, Accenture World Match Play winner Steve Stricker, Hal Sutton and international players Bernhard Langer, Jose Maria Olazabal, Per-Ulrik Johannson, Jean Van de Velde, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Emanuele Canonica, Shigeki Maruyama and Joe Ozaki.