He might be swinging different sticks, but the greatest golfer of our generation is back! Tiger Woods hasn’t played competitive golf since August 2015, but this week you can catch him at The Farmers Insurance Open in sunny San Diego, California.
Held at Torrey Pines, the golfers will face two courses North and South during this 4 day tournament.
Quick Player Notes:
- The talk of the tournament is the new grass on the South Course, a bent grass blend called Tyee 007
- Brandt Snedeker has won twice and looks to defend his title in what looks to be a loaded field
- Tiger Woods is slotted in a made-for-TV group with Jason Day and Dustin Johnson that tees off at 1:40 PM EST
- Tiger has dominated Torrey Pines, he’s won here 8 times. By the way, no other player has ever won that many times at a single course
- Phil Michelson is looking for a strong showing in his hometown, he’s only won here once
- Rickie Fowler, who is sponsored by Farmers Insurance, makes his first start this week since the WGC-HSBC Champions in October
The forecast calls for perfect golf weather, 50s/60s no wind or rain.
The Farmers Open is one of the first major tournaments of the Professional Golf Association tour, its when many of the players decide to start there season. So we have a loaded field with big names getting back into the swing of things.
Check out more information on the tournament here.
Tiger woods is back on the PGA tour for the first time in almost 2 years. The former world #1 has battled multiple injuries to his back, knee, and elbow forcing him to sit out multiple seasons. The most polarizing player in the game is still wearing Nike, but the company recently made the decision to end its efforts in equipment manufacturing (more about that story by Forbes). Tiger announced the switch to TaylorMade golf clubs, joining a stacked team of Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, and previously mentioned Jason Day and Dustin Johnson. This is big news for the golf world and industry. Tiger has been the most advertised golfer of all time and it’s fairly obvious, he sells.
In other golf business news, current World #1 golfer Jason Day signed with Nike Golf apparel. He was wearing adidas, who owns TaylorMade, but the Aussie switching sides is big news for team Nike.
Jordan Spieth, one of mine and many people’s favorite golfer, is a tremendous up and comer. At just 23 years old, he has already captured victory at the Masters and U.S. Open, two of golfs biggest events. In 2015, his first year on the tour, he set a record for money earned in a single season at over $12 million (not including a $10 million FedEx Championship bonus). Spieth, who’s sponsored by Under Armour, just released a new golf shoe. I’m not all that impressed.
In closing, big tournament in San Diego this weekend. All the stars and big names are out so make sure to stay tuned. We will have meaningful golf on Sundays starting this weekend, exciting time of year.
I feel you feel the need to follow the recently resurrected Tiger Woods hole by hole or shot by shot, check out Golf Weekly’s TigerTracker.
Want to look at current World Golf Rankings? Jason Day currently holds the top spot, Jordan Spieth is not far behind at number 5, and Tiger Woods is charging up the leaderboard from 663. Check out the list at PGA Tour.
See you out on the course.