The 2014 Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines turned out to be full of surprises not the least of which was 112th ranked Scott Stallings coming away with the victory.
It also had Stewart Cink at the top of the leaderboard after the first day, then Phil Mickelson dropping out with an aching back. Who could have predicted the Tiger Woods blow up in the third round leading to him missing the secondary cut? Then there was the logjam at the top of the leaderboard with 19 players within two shots of the lead with less than nine holes to go.
If this is the way the 2014 season goes, it will be one heck of a year.
A potential duel between Woods and Phil Mickelson, who together have won nine of the last 15 events here, was not to be. Consequently, Tiger never had a chance to secure victory number nine on the La Jolla, Calif. course where he won his last major, the 2008 U.S. Open.
The course played true to form: long and narrow fairways protected by deep rough and finished by fast tilted greens with the texture of a polished tabletop. No wonder just about all of those in the top 10 average over 300 yards off the tee.
The result may have been a surprise unless you realize that a new wave of tough young competitors have emerged onto the golfing scene.
All in all, the biggest winner may have been the fans who watched one of the best Tiger-less finishes to date. Here is a look at the winners and losers from the wild time at the 2014 Farmers Insurance Open.