Will Tiger Tame Torrey Pines?

Greg GiardiniContributor IApril 11, 2017

This upcoming week is the biggest week of the year in Golf, US Open week and Tiger Woods may not be the clear favorite. Coming off a post-Masters knee surgery Tiger has not played a single competitive round in almost two months. Even though Tiger has dominated in his career at Torrey Pines its added length for the Open may cause some concern especially if his knee is not at 100%.

So with Tiger listed as questionable does this mean that it is finally Phil Mickelson's chance to get redemption from his collapse at Winged Foot and hoist the Open trophy? Well, he'll still have to do it in front of Tiger as they will be paired together for the first two rounds, along with number 3 in the world, Adam Scott. Phil has stared down Tiger in the past, most notably at the Deutsche Bank Championship last year.

For breakthrough wins perhaps this could be Sergio Garcia's chance pick up his first major coming off the biggest win of his career at the Player's Championship last month. But, the Open is always the most difficult test in every aspect of the game and Sergio still fights his putter which could ultimately hold him back.

The winner of this tournament will have to be very long as the course will be stretched to over 7.600 yards nearly 500 yards longer than it plays at the Buick Open. Plus the rough will be higher, the greens will be faster, and scores will be undoubtedly higher. The winning score could be similiar to last year's winning number of +5.

So if Tiger is not ready for the ultimate golf challenge it could leave the door open to another long hitter like defending champion Angel Cabrera or another big name like Geoff Ogilvie, who already has one US Open to his credit. It will be a great week ending in prime time on the west coast which should satisfy any golf fan in the best week of the year in golf.