“Torrid” Pines

That’s exactly what Tiger Woods must have thought after getting bounced from the Farmers Insurance Open Saturday (1-25-14). Torrey Pines is one of courses that he has had the most success, both as an amateur, and professional.

Torrey Pines 2013

Torrey Pines 2013

Woods struggled to salvage a sub 80 round when he shot a 7 over, 79 in the third round of the tournament. Even though conditions had been near ideal the last three days, Woods failed to birdie a single par five and actually played them at 4 over (a telltale sign Tiger is off his game).

Woods basically OWNS this course in San Diego just look at his track record… He is the defending champion, and an eight time winner there, including the Junior World Championship, as well as the home of his LAST “major,” the 2008 U.S. Open. In fact the only time Woods finished south of 10th at Torrey was in 2011.

Wood at Torrey Pines 1-25-14

Wood at Torrey Pines 1-25-14

The 79 tied the HIGHEST carded score for Tiger as a professional on North American soil, he also put up those same crooked numbers at the Memorial at Quail Hollow, last year. As far as foreign soil, he put up 79 during the first round of the 1996 Australian Open, but his worst round as a professional came at the British Open at Muirfield when he signed an 81 (he was also dealing with rain and 40 MPH winds).

If THIS turns out to be a carbon copy of last year when Woods exited his first tournament early in Abu Dhabi, he’ll go on to win five times, and get voted PGA Player of the Year…it’s early and only time will tell.

The bigger question is, and has been for awhile…Does Tiger have what it takes to pass Nicklaus’ 18 “Majors?” Tiger has 14 and just turned 38 on December 30th

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