LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA | There are various steps in the annual renewal process of the PGA Tour season and this week – the Farmers Insurance Open at stop-and-stare-worthy Torrey Pines – feels like the moment when the new year fully begins.
The first event at Kapalua has stars and scenery but feels almost like an exhibition and not everyone makes the two-week trip to Hawaii.
Last week at the American Express brought the tour back to the mainland and this week – complete with paragliders floating on the wind kicking off the cliffs – has the big-time feel that comes with having six of the top 10 in the world.
As unofficial starts to the year go, this is it even if Tiger isn’t here.
Dustin Johnson is.
Dustin Johnson has slipped to No. 4 in the OWGR. Photo: Darren Carroll, USGA
Typically Johnson would have already played once this year but for the first time in 13 years, he didn’t win on the PGA Tour in 2021 and thereby didn’t qualify for the trip to Maui.
Since being the star in the Americans’ Ryder Cup victory at Whis...
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