After winning the Turkish Airlines Open last month, Victor Dubuisson surged into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Rankings and assured himself of a spot at The Masters. It turns out that the Frenchman won't have to wait until April to make his PGA Tour debut.
Dubuisson will be among five players receiving sponsor's exemptions into the 2014 Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, the tournament announced Friday. Along with Dubuisson, who is currently ranked No. 32 in the world, tournament organizers also granted a spot in the field to Rocco Mediate, who lost the 2008 U.S. Open to Tiger Woods in a playoff on the South Course. Now a fixture on the Champions Tour at age 50, Mediate last played the event in 2012, and last made the cut in 2010.
A pair of notable players formerly from the college ranks will also be among the field in San Diego Jan. 23-26, as Chris Williams and Max Homa received invitations as well. A recent graduate from the University of Washington, Williams was formerly the top-ranked amateur in the world and received the 2013 Ben Hogan Award as the top college and amateur player across a 12-month period. Homa, currently playing in Web.com Tour Q-School, won the NCAA individual title this year while at Cal and tied for ninth at the season-opening Frys.com Open in October.
The fifth invitation went to Kevin Tway, who earned his PGA Tour card for the 2013-14 season as one of the top earners on the Web.com Tour in 2013. Tway's father, Bob, recorded the first of his eight career PGA Tour wins at Torrey Pines in 1986.