Get ready for another Torrey Pines playoff

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

It might not live up to Tiger vs. Rocco, but this upcoming 18-hole playoff at Torrey Pines South should still be pretty interesting.

The winner of the Dec. 5 showdown will receive a spot in next year's PGA Tour stop at Torrey Pines. Both participants are the family of PGA Tour winners.

To add intrigue, the playoff will pit a college coach against his player.

The participants:

Tim Mickelson, Phil’s brother and the men’s golf coach at the University of San Diego.

Gunner Wiebe, a USD junior and the son of two-time PGA Tour and Champions Tour winner Mark Wiebe.

Mickelson and Wiebe shot 69 Nov. 21 at Torrey Pines South to tie for first in the Tour event's amateur qualifier. They halved the first four holes of sudden death before darkness halted the playoff.

Mickelson had to leave the next morning to fly to Florida to recruit at the AJGA’s Polo Golf Junior Classic, so the tournament committee gave Mickelson and Wiebe the opportunity to decide how the winner would be determined.

They decided an 18-hole playoff would be the best method.

“I feel like I’m in a no-win situation, because if I win, then I get to play but I’m screwing my own player out of the opportunity of playing in a PGA Tour event, and vice versa,” said Mickelson, who played in the 1999 Buick Invitational.

One thing to consider: the winner will have to switch to clubs with new grooves for the week. Amateurs can use the old U-grooves until 2014.