The $6.1 million Farmers Insurance Open begins today at Torrey Pines Golf Club with six-time champion Tiger Woods returning after a year’s absence.
Woods bypassed the tournament last year in favor of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
There was no conflict this year as that tournament was held last week, with Woods missing the cut by one shot, in part because of a two-shot penalty.
Woods is set to begin his round at 10:30 a.m. on the first hole of the South Course.
Tournament director Peter Ripa told U-T San Diego he expects a 30 percent increase in ticket sales and a doubling of television ratings because of Woods’ presence.
“He’s so great for the game of golf,” defending champion Brandt Snedeker said. “We’re so fortunate to have him back and playing well. He adds a little bit more electricity to the tournament.”
The 156-player field also includes San Diego native and Rancho Santa Fe resident Phil Mickelson, whose three victories are second only to Woods, and previous winners Nick Watney, Ben Crane and Bubba Watson, who won the Masters last year.
The winner will receive $1.098 million.
Rain might cause havoc. The National Weather Service forecasts says there is a 40 percent chance of precipitation through Saturday.