On Tap this Week: 1/24/13

Rickie Fowler

I pick Rickie Fowler this week, which will surely doom him.

It seems kind of weird to think about golf right now. On my drive to work this morning, I thought there was something wrong with the temperature reading on my dash. When I got out of the car, it turns out that reading was very much correct. It was a downright CRIMINAL 11 degrees. The weather in San Diego, today? Perfect. 72 degrees and sunny. And that is where the PGA Tour heads this week.

Tournament: Framers Insurance Open
Location: Torrey Pines (South Course), La Jolla, California
Dates: 1/24/13 – 1/27/13

If you are a golf fan, Torrey Pines is pretty much heaven. The beautiful cliffs and ocean scenery serve as a picturesque backdrop for one of the most beautiful golf courses on the planet. The weather is perfect. Blah, blah, blah. You’ve heard all that crap before. But, it is true. Tune in this weekend and imagine escaping the cold, harsh winter and live vicariously through some of the world’s best golfers.

Speaking of which, we are without world number one this week. Truth is, there hasn’t been a lot of info on when Rory McIlroy will tee it up again. One thing we do know, it’s not going to be this week. World number two is some guy named Tiger Woods. Apparently that fella has a pretty good track record here. You might recall this moment. If that video doesn’t jar your memory, I will try and help. Tiger, on basically one leg, won the US Open in dramatic fashion.

On a personal note, I was coming back from visiting a buddy in Austin when this happened. I remember my flight was delayed 2 hours, so I got to see the front nine, plus a little more. Just when it was getting really good, I had to board the plane (GOD DAMMIT). I knew something big had happened, however, when the pilot of the plane came over the intercom and announced that Tiger was tied with Rocco Mediate and they will play an 18 hole playoff on Monday. My initial thought was “!!!!!.” I called in sick for work the next day and watched the whole damn thing. You could see Tiger was hurting. We all found out later just how bad it was. Torn ligaments, a broken leg, possibly something wrong with his Achilles. Yikes. It was Tiger’s last major win and his last win at Torrey Pines, his SEVENTH on that track.

Back to this coming week. Seven wins is obviously a record for an individual course. It is a completely unbelievable stat. In fact, of the 12 Famers Insurance Opens that Tiger has played in, he has 11 top 10 finishes. He won 4 in a row from 2005 – 2008. He would win later in 2008 again, during the epic US Open mentioned above. You will hear all of this over and over again this weekend.

There has to be some other news right. Phil Mickelson will take a walk around La Jolla as well. That is, provided he is not complaining to his accountant. What can we expect from Lefty? Probably good things. He loves this course as well. I could see him being around on Sunday.

I know my track record hasn’t been great at picking a winner. Just take a look at last week’s prediction. But I will nevertheless try again. I’m going with Rickie Fowler. He’ll benefit from playing the first two rounds with Tiger. The man that probably knows more about his course than anyone. Also, youth has been the theme of this PGA Tour season so far. Rickie brings home his second professional win. (Sorry for the jinx, Rickie.)

On Tap Recommendation: If you are in San Diego, check out Mission Brewery. Lots of cool stuff there. If you are in the part of the country that is frozen solid (read: most of the country), warm yourself up with some hot apple cider. My new favorite mixer is Fireball Whiskey. It is cinnamon flavored and totally kicks ass in hot apple cider.