Tiger Woods seeks first win of the year, Phil Mickelson to contend.
(KSDK Sports) - Tiger Woods makes his 2014 PGA Tour Debut this week in the Farmer's Insurance Open featuring the treacherous North and South courses of Torrey Pines.
A win is great to boost the resume, but for Woods -- it is no major. At this point in his career that is all that matters.
He will break Snead's record of 82 PGA wins. Woods might do that this season. Keep in mind: it wasn't a picture of Sam Snead on Wood's childhood bedroom wall.
Woods has won the Farmers Insurance Open seven times (1999, 2003, 2005-08 and 2013). In fact, he has eight wins at Torrey Pines if you include his victory in the 2008 U.S. Open.
In addition, Woods has five top 10s. It may not be a surprise that he possesses the South course's record of 62.
The desired threesome for Sunday afternoon includes both Woods and Phil Mickelson. To have these juggernauts of the game in the field is a blessing for the PGA Tour.
Not only are they major winners, but their talents will bring major ratings boasts to the lackluster "West Coast Swing."
It may be best not to let Patrick Reed hear that after winning the Humana Challenge this past week.
This year is "Lefty's" 25th appearance at Torrey Pines, the site he debuted at as an amateur in 1988. After tying last week in Abu Dhabi, Mickelson, at the least, should be considered the dark horse being a three-time champion of the Farmer's Insurance Open.
Expectations shouldn't be set too high this early on in the season. Based on the improvements Mickelson made over the course of Abu Dhabi, anticipate the San Diego native to go two to four under par in round one.
This week is merely a chance for Tiger to stretch his legs. He can shoot even par, maybe one under and be in ideal position to climb the board come Sunday.
If anyone is tired of the Woods and Mickelson talk this week, there is a larger story. This is the first, eye catching tournament of the 2014 PGA Tour season, but there have been two events since the first of the New Year.
American talent is being persuaded to make appearances on the European tour with attractive money incentives.
Nonetheless, it is exciting to have such a loaded field led by Woods and company.
Bold predictions seem to excite the majority as fans try and envision 2014 for Woods. Challenge accepted.
Woods will have at least five victories in 2014, not one of them will be majors. Some might think that it is unwise to make such a statement with Woods being the favorite at Augusta this April in the Masters. It is just as foolish to believe that with Woods' age and the level of competition of the Tour today that breaking Nicklaus' record of 18 majors is still in the bag.