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Golf Glance: Tiger chasing historic No. 83 at Torrey Pines

Field Level Media
22 Jan 2020, 08:40 GMT+10

Field Level Media's Golf Glance provides weekly news and storylines from each of the major North American golf tours.

PGA TOUR

LAST TOURNAMENT: The American Express (Andrew Landy)

THIS WEEK: Farmers Insurance Open, Jan. 23-26

Torrey Pines Golf Course, San Diego, Calif. (South: Par 72, 7,698 yards; North: Par 72, 7,258 yards)

Purse: $7.5 million (Winner: $1.35M, 500 FedEx points)

Defending Champion: Justin Rose

FedEx Cup leader: Justin Thomas

TV: Thursday-Friday, 3-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-2:45 p.m. (GC); 3-6 p.m. (CBS)

NOTES: Tiger Woods will make his 2020 debut while seeking to set the PGA Tour record for career victories that he currently shares with Sam Snead (82). ... Also making their 2020 debuts will be Rory McIlroy and Jason Day. ... Woods is attempting to make the Farmers the third event he has won a record eight times (Arnold Palmer Invitational, WGC-FedEx St. Jude). He has won seven of his 18 starts in this event, with five other top-10s. However, his most recent of those was a victory in 2013 ... Rose seeks to become the event's first repeat champion since Woods (2005-08). ... The field boasts 18 of the top 30 players in the FedEx Cup standings and seven of the top 15 players in the Official World Golf Rankings, let by No. 2 McIlroy, No. 3 John Rahm, No. 6 Woods and No. 8 Rose. ... Phil Mickelson is a three-time event winner (1993, 2000-01).

BEST BETS: McIlroy (660 by DraftKings) is competing for the first time since November, but also finished T5 in his first Farmers appearance last year. He also has four wins and 10 other top-10s in his past 20 worldwide starts. ... Rahm (775) also posted a T5 last year. His past 10 worldwide starts includes two wins and six more top-10s ... Woods (1100) hasn't played a full-field event since October, which he won in Japan, but he did go 3-0-0 at the Presidents Cup last month after also competing at his Hero World Challenge event the week before. ... Tony Finau (2500) only has two career wins, the most recent coming in 2016. But many believe he is due for a prominent breakthrough. He was T13 at Torrey Pines last year and T4 in 2017. He's coming off a T14 at The American Express, where he shot a tourney-low 62 in the second round. ... Day (4500) is a longshot while making his return from another back injury, but is a two-time champion (2015, '18).

NEXT TOURNAMENT: Waste Management Phoenix Open, Jan. 30-Feb. 2

LPGA TOUR

LAST WEEK: Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions (Gaby Lopez)

THIS WEEK: Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio, Jan. 23-26

Boca Rio Golf Club, Boca Raton, Fla. (Par 72, 6,701 yards)

Purse: $2 million

Defending Champion: Inaugural event

Race to the CME Globe leader: Lopez

TV: Thursday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. ET; Saturday-Sunday, 3-5:30 p.m. (Golf Channel)

NOTES: This is the first full-field event of the LPGA Tour's 70th season. ... The field includes six players in the top 10 of the Rolex Rankings: No. 3 Nelly Korda, No. 4 Danielle Kang, No. 5 Nasa Hataoka, No. 6 Sei Young Kim, No. 8 Brooke Henderson and No. 10 Lexi Thompson. ... This will be the Tour's first-ever event held on the east coast of Florida. The LPGA will return to the state for the inaugural Pelican Women's Championship outside of Tampa in May.

NEXT TOURNAMENT: ISPS Handa Vic Open, Victoria, Australia, Feb. 6-9

Champions Tour

LAST WEEK: Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai (Miguel Angel Jimenez)

THIS WEEK: OFF.

NEXT TOURNAMENT: Morocco Champions, Jan. 30-Feb. 1

--Field Level Media

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