January 21, 2014
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
- Spieth and Woods will play together in the first two rounds at Torrey Pines. (Getty Images)
LA JOLLA, Calif. -- Pairings and tee times are out for the first two rounds of the Farmers Insurance Open, where Tiger Woods is looking for his eighth career title in the event.
Woods will be paired with two of the game's hottest players at the moment in Jordan Spieth and Jimmy Walker. Here's a closer look at them, plus a few other groups to keep an eye on.
Tiger Woods-Jordan Spieth-Jimmy Walker: There’s a lot of symmetry in this group. Woods has seven wins at the Farmers Insurance Open, including in last year’s edition. Torrey Pines is also the place where Spieth made his debut as a professional a year ago (he missed the cut). This is the first time he will be paired with Woods. Walker, meanwhile, already has two wins this season -- one last year and one in 2014. He has also finished in the top 10 here each of the last two years.
Billy Horschel-Rickie Fowler-Ian Poulter: Fowler also has an outstanding record at Torrey Pines, having never finished outside the top 20 in four career starts here. That includes a tie for fifth in 2010, and a tie for sixth last year. Horschel was a 2007 Walker Cup teammate of Fowler’s but struggled here a year ago, closing with rounds of 76-75 after opening 66-69. He comes in hot, however, off a final-round 64 last week at PGA West. This is Poulter’s first trip back since 2007 when the tournament was the Buick Invitational. He tied for ninth that year.
Jason Day-Phil Mickelson-Bubba Watson: Two long-hitting lefties in Mickelson and Watson ought to stretch ShotLink. Mickelson of course has won here three times, but the last of those was more than a decade ago in 2001. Watson was also a winner here, in 2011, and a little more than a year later captured his first major. For Day, this week marks his 2013-14 opener.
Brandt Snedeker-Keegan Bradley-Hunter Mahan: After an injury sidelined him late in 2013, Snedeker has gotten off to a slow start this year with a tie for 58th last week and a tie for 11th at Kapaula before that. Torrey Pines should be a welcome sight, though: He won here two years ago. Bradley missed the cut last year but has two other top 25s here. Mahan, who is making his season debut, has finished in the top 15 each of the last three years, which includes a couple of sixth-place finishes.