Tiger likes look of firm and fast Torrey Pines

Wed Jan 22, 2014 6:30pm EST
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(Reuters) - Tiger Woods could not wish for a better place to launch his 2014 PGA Tour campaign than at the Torrey Pines Golf Club for this week's Farmers Insurance Open outside San Diego where he will be hunting a record eighth victory.

Not only was the picturesque venue perched above the Pacific Ocean the scene of his remarkable playoff win at the 2008 U.S. Open but the firm, fast and difficult conditions this week mirror those of six years ago.

"The greens, I haven't seen them this firm maybe since the (2008) Open," the defending champion told reporters on the eve of the tournament on Wednesday.

"It's hard to imagine watching wedges, nine-irons and some of the short irons, balls bounce up as high as the top of the flagstick but that's what was happening this morning.

"If they keep the golf course like this it's going to be one hell of a test as the week progresses. It's going to get really difficult to post some good numbers."

Asked whether he liked the challenging, sun-baked conditions at Torrey Pines, the world number one smiled broadly.

"I find it good," said Woods. "I'm hitting it well. I have the option now as my swing has evolved working with (coach) Sean (Foley) that I can start elevating it again.

"Probably going to need it a little bit this week. We're going to have to start setting some balls up, but it's important to get the ball in the fairway. The rough is thick."

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Golfer Tiger Woods of the U.S. watches the Women's World Cup Downhill skiing race in Val d'Isere, French Alps, December 21, 2013. REUTERS/Robert Pratta