Tale of the Tape: Tiger, Phil
January 21, 2014
- 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:
TIGER WOODS Category PHIL MICKELSON Cypress, Calif. Birthplace San Diego, Calif. Western High School
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
Palo Alto, Calif.
College Arizona State University
384 miles Distance of hometown
354 miles Supporting the
TIGER WOODS Category PHIL MICKELSON 13 Farmers Insurance Open starts 24 1998 as a pro (T-3) First start 1988 as an amateur (MC) Seven
1999, 2003, 2005-08, 2013
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."