Trevor Immelman will return to Torrey Pines Golf Club this week with fond memories of his top 10 at the Farmers Insurance Open last year. The difficulty of the course makes it prime territory for the 2008 Masters winner, who grew up playing tree-lined tracks on the Sunshine Tour.
Experience and patience count for a lot this week and Immelman, who has won 14 titles internationally, is very capable of staying cool under pressure.
Last year he shot a Sunday 69, which was the third-lowest 18 of the week, to finish tied for 10th place. Scott Stallings produced an exciting 68 in the final round to win by one shot on nine-under-par.
The result also have Immelman a huge boost in FedExCup points and he rose 37 places that week. This year he ranks 172nd in points and needs to get his campaign going. This week in California is the right venue for him to lock down a good result.
Also in action is Rory Sabbatini, who last week finished tied for 22nd at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The cowboy hat fan was derailed by a 74 on Sunday at the Farmers Insurance Open last year, and he’ll surely be looking to make amends this week.
There is a strong field in action this week and 13 of the world’s top 25 will tee up. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are scheduled to play and hold a total of 12 victories at Torrey Pines.
Durban-born Justin Rose gets his PGA Tour year underway this week and Dustin Johnson returns to action.
The course hosted the US Open and has tested the best since its founding in 1957. This week Immelman will be aiming to tame the beast and get his year going.