Rory McIlroy is enjoying the Farmers Insurance Open for simply the third time, looking for his first tour victory since 2019 whereas getting a really feel for the course that can host the U.S. Open in June.
With seven-time winner Tiger Woods lacking one among his favourite tournaments resulting from his fifth again surgical procedure, McIlroy and former Farmers winners Jon Rahm, Marc Leishman and Jason Day high the sector at Torrey Pines.
McIlroy completed third final 12 months behind Leishman and Rahm, and tied for fifth with Rahm and Day in 2019.
“I didn’t really start playing this event until a little later on in my career, but it’s been a good venue for me,” the 31-year-old McIlroy stated Wednesday.
“Even going back to the Junior World days, whatever that is now, 20 years ago.
“It’s good to be back. Also, with obviously playing this tournament, but looking ahead to June and the U.S. Open here as well, it will be nice to at least have it fresh in the memory for then, too.” McIlroy stated he thought of enjoying 9 holes on the North Course on Wednesday however ended up enjoying 18 on the harder South Course.
He’ll play the South Course within the opening spherical Thursday after which play the North Course blind on Friday. The weekend rounds shall be on the South Course.
McIlroy hasn’t received since beating San Diego native Xander Schauffele in a playoff within the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai in November 2019.
McIlroy failed to carry his third-round lead within the Abu Dhabi Championship final weekend and completed third after being overtaken by Englishman Tyrrell Hatton.
The U.S. Open returns to Torrey Pines for the primary time since 2008, when Woods beat Rocco Mediate on the primary gap of sudden-death following an 18-hole playoff.
McIlroy, who received the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional for his first main, stated Torrey Pines is “a wonderful layout for a major championship. I think it stands up to have a U.S. Open here. It stands up to basically the most elite level of golf that we play, the toughest test we face all year for the most part.
“I think three competitive rounds on the South Course this week, it will be fresh in my memory when it comes around to June and the U.S. Open’s on,” he stated.
“Obviously the course is going to play much differently in June. I would expect the rough to be up a little bit more and the greens to be a little bit firmer, a little more premium on accuracy that week than maybe there is this week, but it’s not as if you’re not trying to hit the fairways this week either.
“If I can go out and play well and shoot three good scores on the South this week, it will give me some confidence going into June.” Leishman received final 12 months, closing with a 7-under 65 to beat Rahm by a stroke.
“Yeah, it was a special day,” the Australian stated.
“I’ve been in that position a couple of times before, one in particular I remember, I think I was leading by 1 or 2, playing the seventh hole and after that kind of fell away. You learn from those sort of things. I was just wanting to take all my experiences, put them in my basket, I guess, and use them all that day.
“Was lucky enough to have some good golf, make some putts and came out on top. So it was a really fun day that I’ll remember forever.”
Leishman shall be making his thirteenth begin on this event. He first performed Torrey Pines through the Junior Worlds in 2001.
He is aware of Torrey Pines will play in another way for the Open than it’s going to for the Farmers.
“The good thing about knowing this course as well as I do is around the greens,” he stated.
“The breaks don’t change on the greens. They have the greens quick for this tournament as they will for the U.S. Open. … I think in that respect that’s what I’m going to take out of this week as far as preparation goes for the U.S. Open, just really try and chart the greens maybe more than I have in the past and be ready to make those putts.”
Woods, who sometimes begins his 12 months at Torrey Pines when wholesome, had again surgical procedure Dec. 23 and is out for at least one other month. Jordan Spieth and Louis Oosthuizen are making their first begins of the 12 months.
Spieth is attempting to finish a drought that dates to the 2017 British Open. Justin Rose, who received at Torrey two years in the past, is enjoying in Dubai this week. Phil Mickelson is enjoying his hometown occasion after lacking the reduce in The American Express final week.
This is the 20-year anniversary of Mickelson successful the event in a playoff with a double bogey. Mickelson shall be paired with Schauffele and Spieth, enjoying the North on Thursday and the South on Friday.