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    • Tale of the Tape: Tiger, Phil

    • Tiger Woods (left) and Phil Mickelson have enjoyed lots of success at Torrey Pines.. (Getty Images)Tiger Woods (left) and Phil Mickelson have enjoyed lots of success at Torrey Pines.. (Getty Images)

    Editor's note: This story has been updated through the second round of the 2014 Farmers Insurance Open

    Tiger Woods makes his 2013-14 PGA TOUR season debut this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, a tournament he's won seven times. Phil Mickelson, having already played two TOUR events this season, makes his 25th career start at Torrey, having won the Farmers three times.

    This week's event at Torrey Pines is the first time this season Woods and Mickelson, the two winningest active golfers on the PGA TOUR, will have teed it up at the same TOUR event.

    Since both players are so closely aligned with Southern California, let's take a look at how they each compare in a few Torrey-related categories:


    Cypress, Calif. Birthplace San Diego, Calif.
    Western High School
    Anaheim, Calif.
    High School University of San Diego High School
    San Diego, Calif.
    88 miles Distance of high school
    to Torrey Pines
    12-1/2 miles
    Two-time Southern California
    Player of the Year
    Local legend Won 34 different San Diego
    Jr. Golf Association titles
    Stanford University
    Palo Alto, Calif.
    College Arizona State University
    Tempe, Ariz.
    384 miles Distance of hometown
    to college
    354 miles
    Supporting the
    hometown team
    13 Farmers Insurance Open starts 24
    1998 as a pro (T-3) First start 1988 as an amateur (MC)
    1999, 2003, 2005-08, 2013
    Wins Three
    1993, 2000, 2001
    Trophy shot
    One (2000) Runners-up Two (1996, 2011)
    12 Top 10s 10
    None Missed cuts Five
    53 Rounds 87
    44 Rounds under par 58
    3 Rounds over par 22
    68.72 Scoring average 70.18
    174 under par Total relation to par 158 under par
    $6,845,096 Earnings $3,029,516
    Tiger's great recovery in 2013 Watch this cool shot
    at Torrey Pines
    Phil's near-miracle hole out in 2011
    Won in playoff 2008 U.S. Open
    result at Torrey Pines
    Tied for 18th
    Says Tiger Woods: "This was the first tournament that I ever watched at a PGA TOUR level. I played here as a junior. I came down here and played the south course when I was 7 or 8. So it goes way back for me. It means a lot to come back down here. I have so many friends and family down here that come and watch. Coming to this event means a lot to me. ... I first came down here during the old Andy Williams. And I went out and watched some Cali guys, and I watched Mo play, Cookie, I think Corey I saw hit a couple shots. I saw Andy Bean hit the ball on the green on 2 and 18. I must have been probably, what, single digits in age, somewhere around there, because I was just now starting to come down here for the junior world at the time. My dad took me to two events that year. It was here as well as the L.A. Open, and got a chance to watch‑‑ I think one of the years, Lanny just went off and played really well at L.A., and I was there for nine of those holes where he just tore it apart. "
    Says Phil Mickelson: "I remember on the ninth tee, for whatever reason, on the north course standing with my dad and watching some of the pros go by and tee off on that par-5 thinking this was a dream of mine to be inside the ropes and compete in this tournament and play the TOUR. I've been coming back here now the last (21) years as a pro, and I think I've played it a couple more times than that. Every time I come back and play here I remember that it was my childhood dream to play the TOUR and be inside the ropes here. It's a cool feeling to be doing it."
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