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Tiger Woods has won at Torrey Pines more than any other golfer has won anywhere. Indeed, El Tigre has tasted victory at the California course eight times in his career.
Entering the Farmers Insurance Open in January, we expected the then-world No. 1 to play well. Instead, a third-round 79 put Woods outside the secondary cut line, and he missed out on the final round.
Why It Was Surprising
In short, nobody expected Tiger Woods to play so poorly at a course he routinely dominates.
While we chastised him at the time for not being in game shape, it seems Woods was already dealing with the back issue that would eventually sideline him. The nerve issue almost certainly contributed to his struggles.
At the time, however, the performance was quite surprising.
Why It's Here
If Tiger Woods were to tee it up at Torrey Pines in a body cast, we'd still expect him to contend. Thus, it was shocking to see him in the field and then heading home before the final round.