Woods gives Torrey ticket spike


Just before lunch on Wednesday Tiger Woods announced he would begin his 2011 season at the Farmers Insurance Open next week, more than 48 hours before the PGA Tour deadline to commit. If that doesn’t sound like much notice, just ask Tom Wilson.

“Isn’t that nice,” beamed Wilson, the Farmers Insurance tournament director. “It’s already been on the TV and we’ll get it into the newspaper tomorrow.”

It’s been three long years since Woods last played the Torrey Pines Tour stop, he also played the 2008 U.S. Open at the venerable seaside muni. Or, as Wilson calls it, a “triple whammy.”

“Between Tiger (not playing) and the bad economy and the weather difficulties . . . it has been tough,” Wilson said.

Wilson, who said he’d been given a few indications Woods would start his season in SoCal, said tickets sales were already up 15 percent from last year thanks, in large part, to media speculation that Woods would play the Farmers Insurance.

“Now that he’s committed, that will certainly give us a spike,” he said.