Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Tiger ready to dominate Torrey Pines again?
By ESPN Stats & Info
Warren Little/Getty ImagesYou can't blame Tiger Woods for starting his season at Torrey Pines, a place he's won 7 times (including his last major victory at the 2008 U.S. Open). He has 11 top-10 finishes in 12 starts at the Farmers Insurance Open, which starts this Thursday in La Jolla, Calif.
Can Tiger Woods find the form that helped him win the Farmers Insurance Open four years in a row?
He's been even better when starting his season at Torrey Pines -- this will be the fifth time that Woods has opened his PGA TOUR schedule with the Farmers Insurance Open (formerly the Buick Invitational).
On the previous four occasions, he has notched three wins and a tie for 44th (2011).
But after four years have come and gone without a Woods victory at Torrey Pines, is his game still suited to dominate at one of his favorite courses?
In his last five starts at this event (four wins and a T-44th), Woods was a cumulative 45 under par on the par 5s.
On all other holes combined, he was 16 under par.
In 2011, his play on the par 5s was the difference. Woods was only -4 on the par 5s that week (compare that to winner Bubba Watson, who was -13 on those holes).
In his 3 PGA TOUR wins last season, he took advantage of the longest holes on the course.
He was 24 under par on the par 5s at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the Memorial Tournament and AT&T National.
He was only six under par on all other holes.
Can Woods get back in the winner's circle at Torrey Pines?
History says whoever wins this week will fare well on the par 5s.
Of the last five winners, four were -9 or better on those holes (Ben Crane was the lone exception at -5).