Tiger straight into the deep end at Torrey Pines

Torrey Pines, CA: Tiger Woods finds himself thrown straight into the deep end to be grouped with World No. 1 Jason Day and World No. 3 Dustin Johnson for the opening two rounds of this week’s Farmers Insurance Open at La Jolla in California.

Woods, who is currently ranked World No. 663, has not competed on the main PGA Tour since sharing 10th place at the Wyndham Championship in August, 2015.

Tiger Woods Tiger Woods (Credit: Anthony Powter)

And while knowning Day and ‘DJ’ very well, Woods has many fond memories in returning to this week’s event on the Torrey Pines course as he has won many times along the Pacific Ocean layout including his last Major victory at the 2008 US Open.

In fact, Woods has won the Farmers Insurance Open (previously known as the Buick Invitational) eight times first in 2000 and then again in 2001, 2003 and from 2005 to 2008 and captured an eighth title in 2013.

Day, who added his name to the trophy two years ago, is delighted to be competing alongside the 14-time Major winning Woods.

The Ohio-based Day and Woods have become close friends as was clearly obvious during the opening two rounds of the 2015 Open Championship at St. Andrews with the pair talking continuously between shots so much so that Louis Oosthuizen, the third member of the group, hardly got a word it over 36 holes of the Old Course.

“I’ve spoken to Tiger and he seems excited to be back after 17 months off,” said Day.

“That’s a long time. I know that he’s motivated to come out and play well. And I think he’s won eight tournaments as a professional here.”

“So it’s going to be great playing with him but then it would be great to play with him also on Sunday. Not early, late as that would be nice.”