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On Tap This Week: 1/23/14

It was reported this morning that Justin Bieber was arrested in Miami for DUI and drag racing. While this news may capture the attention of the nation (for some reason), I figured we could focus on more upstanding members of society. People such as Tiger Woods. Errr, okay, maybe not so upstanding. But he is back this week and for many casual golf fans his return, for all intents and purposes, marks the start of the 2014 golf season. Let’s paraglide into this week’s preview, shall we?

Tournament: Farmers Insurance Open
Location: Torrey Pines, La Jolla, CA
Dates: 1/23/14 – 1/26/14

TV Schedule

Day

Time

TV network

Thursday, January 23

3:00-7:00 p.m. ET

Golf Channel

Friday, January 24

3:00-7:00 p.m. ET

Golf Channel

Saturday, January 25

1:00-2:30 p.m. ET

3:00-6:00pm ET

Golf Channel

CBS

Sunday, January 26

1:00-2:30 p.m. ET

3:00-6:00pm ET

Golf Channel

CBS

What to Watch For

Tiger Woods – Duh. Tiger is making his 2014 debut this week at Torrey Pines and as I mentioned above, this is when most golf fans begin to care about the PGA Tour season. With all due respect to the other golfers on tour, Tiger is the biggest draw on the planet. And this year figures to be one of the most important of Tiger’s career. Sure, he will most likely win a handful of tournaments and that could very well start this week at Torrey Pines. But you and I both know that every time Tiger tees it up, there will be questions about his ability to win another major and eventually pass Jack Nicklaus. These questions will be asked at every tournament in 2014 because, guess what, he can’t pass Jack this year. It’s been well documented that this year’s major venues set up very well for Tiger, but he can’t win any of them this week.

So what should we expect out of the world number one this week? Well, for one, you should expect him to play well. He is still the best player in the world. But besides playing well, this week will go a long way in telling the world if Tiger is ready to win another major. A classic Tiger beat down will say one thing. A Sunday stumble will say something else. And a missed cut will say – well, that’s not happening. This is Tiger’s house. There is zero chance he doesn’t finish top 10 on a course where he has won eight professional tournaments.

Jordan Spieth – The 20 year old will be paired Tiger Woods during the first two rounds. The legend and the young gun pairing will be must see TV. And for me personally, I am excited to see the on course dynamic between my favorite player of the past 15 years and my new man-crush. I hope they become besties!

Phil Mickelson – Fresh off his appearance in Abu Dhabi where he tried some “crazy shit,” Mickelson will make his debut stateside in place where he is extremely comfortable. He’s from San Diego and has traditionally played very well at Torrey Pines. A Sunday showdown with Tiger anyone? It certainly could happen as Lefty played really well last week, including firing a 63 to get himself in contention. But alas, Phil went all Phil and finished T2. He didn’t win, but his time in the Middle East should have his confidence pretty high heading into this week.

Expert Pick*

I’m going with the obvious choice, Tiger Woods. If Tiger does win, it would be his 80th career win. That is an absurd number and will leave him two wins behind Sam Snead’s all-time record. A record, by the way, that could be Tiger’s before we even get to Augusta.

*I am not, nor have I ever been an expert. But it’s my site. I can do and say what I want.

On Tap Recommendation

For those of you that struggle with geography, San Diego is very close to Mexico. As a result, San Diego boasts some of the best Mexican food this side of the border. That’s why I will be drinking margaritas this week. Also, I was in Mexico last week for a wedding and need to wean myself off of them. I’m worried if I quit cold turkey, the cumulative hangover would kill me. Cheers everyone!

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