This week at Torrey Pines in San Diego, Tiger Woods opens his 2011 season desperate to rebound from a winless, disastrous 2010. Phil Mickelson comes to his hometown course not having won since early last year at the Masters, and not having notched a tournament title since turning 40-years-old last June.
Both Tiger and Phil could use a win at Torrey Pines
Both guys could really use a win -- not a good showing -- a win.
For Woods it's chance to prove to himself and everyone else that the dark days are done. A new outlook and a new swing coach give him what he hopes will be a new period of dominance. Tiger has owned Torrey Pines having won seven times here including his 2008 U.S. Open victory in a playoff against Rocco Mediate, who not coincidently is Woods' playing partner in the 1st two rounds this week.
For Phil, it's time to see if he can shake off the blues of inconsistent putting and the effects of having psoriatic arthritis. And you KNOW he wants to prove he can continue to be a force after crossing the 40-year-old line.
Torrey Pines is a perfect stage to start their 2011 play.