SAN DIEGO – What’s the difference between Torrey Pines circa 2008 and the version that will be on display this week for the Farmers Insurance Open, other than Tiger Woods’ competitive expectations?
“The range,” smiled PGA Tour swing coach Jamie Mulligan on Tuesday adjacent the venerable South Course.
For the 2008 U.S. Open the U.S. Golf Association used parts of the North Course for the practice tee instead of the narrow, fence-lined range they use for the Farmers Insurance Open.
On Tuesday the limitations of the seaside muni’s practice tee were clear. Dustin Johnson, from the far side of the 320-yard, two-sided range, was launching drives onto the far tee box.
“We did it last year, too,” smiled caddie Bobby Brown.