SAN DIEGO – Tiger Woods wasn’t reminiscing over all his great triumphs at Torrey Pines when he played a workman-like nine hole practice round Tuesday morning at the Farmers Insurance Open.
He wasn’t walking through the memories of his seven professional titles here as much as he was preparing to win his eighth.
Woods played by himself, hitting two balls with caddie Joe LaCava at his side through the back nine. Woods is looking to rebound from last week’s missed cut at Abu Dhabi in his 2013 debut, and he’s looking to better his last start at Torrey Pines, a tie for 44th in 2011 that ranked as his worst performance on this golf course. It marked the only time in 13 starts that he hasn’t finished among the top 10 in a professional event staged at Torrey Pines.
“The golf course is on the quick side,” Woods said. “Obviously, they haven't had a lot of rain here. The fairways are quick. The greens are a little bit firm, and for this time of the year, it's drier than we normally play it. So it will be a wonderful test.”
While it isn’t the U.S. Open test he won at Torrey Pines in the summer of ’08, it’s firm and fast for January.
“Obviously, it's different than what I remembered, because it's normally not this dry, not normally this quick,” Woods said. “So we get this every now and again, with the Santa Ana blowing.”