Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson and Jason Day lead loaded Farmers Insurance Open field

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Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson and Jason Day lead loaded Farmers Insurance Open field

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Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson and Jason Day lead loaded Farmers Insurance Open field

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This week on the PGA Tour: the Farmers Insurance Open.

  • Where: Torrey Pines (South Course – Par 72, 7,698 yards; used for all rounds; North Course – Par 72, 7,258 yards; used for Rounds 1-2 only)
  • When: Thursday-Sunday
  • Who: 156 players, cut after 36 holes to top 70 and ties
  • Why: $6.7 million purse; $1.206 million and 500 FedEx Cup points to winner

On the tee: This week’s top 5 storylines

BIG CAT IS BACK: Tiger Woods will make a PGA Tour start for the first time in about 17 months (his last start was the 2015 Wyndham Championship, where he finished T-10). Woods was 15th last December at the Hero World Challenge and returns to Torrey Pines, a place where he’s won eight times as a pro (seven Farmers titles and the 2008 U.S. Open). Woods said he’s nervous but is ready to begin a tough stretch that will see him play four events in five weeks.

LOADED FIELD: In addition to Woods’ return, the field features World No. 1 Jason Day, No. 3 Dustin Johnson and No. 6 Hideki Matsuyama. Also paying are 15 of the 30 qualifiers for last fall’s Tour Championship: Johnson, Day, Matsuyama, Paul Casey, Kevin Chappell, Emiliano Grillo, Jimmy Walker, Brandt Snedeker (defending champ), Phil Mickelson, Si Woo Kim, Gary Woodland, Roberto Castro, Daniel Berger, Jhonattan Vegas and J.B. Holmes.

A NEW NORTH COURSE: The North Course at Torrey Pines recently completed a nine-month, $12.6 million renovation headed by architect Tom Weiskopf. Among the changes: Greens were changed from poa annua to bentgrass and fitted with an advanced SubAir system; the size of the greens was also increased by an average of 42 percent; green speeds and firmness are now comparable to South Course; nearly 200 yards were added with addition of five new sets of tees; number of bunkers was reduced from 59 to 41; and the nines were reversed.

BETTER WEATHER: Remember last year’s weather conditions? Winner Brandt Snedeker likened it to playing a British Open on a U.S. Open setup. This year’s weather forecast is much better. While thunderstorms hit the area on Monday and Tuesday, the rest of the week is expected to be rain-free with mostly sunny conditions and highs in the 60s.

THE BEAU SHOW: This week marks another PGA Tour season debut by a player coming back from injury. Beau Hossler turned pro last July but has yet to make his pro debut on the PGA Tour after tearing the labrum in his left shoulder during the NCAA Championship. Hossler had to forfeit his match for Texas in the NCAA final against Oregon because of the injury, and the Ducks won 3-2. Hossler had surgery soon after. He returned to action last winter and won an Adams Golf Pro Tour event in December. Hossler is a SoCal kid, growing up in Mission Viejo, and who could forget his performance as a teenager in the 2012 U.S. Open at Olympic Club? He’ll have quite the following this week.

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