Sun, 23 Feb 2020

Tiger focused on Torrey's test, not No. 83

Field Level Media
23 Jan 2020, 10:05 GMT+10

Tiger Woods turned 44 last month, and readily admits that putting four solid rounds of golf together becomes more difficult the older he gets.

That's why he's squarely focused on the challenges presented by Torrey Pines' two courses this week rather than his quest to set the PGA Tour career wins record that he currently shares with Sam Snead at 82.

"I really don't think about it because I have to think about all the things I need to do to win the golf tournament," Woods told reporters ahead of this week's Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego. "There's so many different shots I have to play and strategy and thinking my way around the golf course that I'm more consumed with."

Woods has plenty of great history to draw upon when he tees it up on Thursday with third-ranked Jon Rahm and 22-year-old Collin Morikawa, the first player Woods will be paired with in his career who was born after Woods turned pro.

In 18 starts in the event, Woods has seven victories and five other top-10 finishes. He also won the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines -- his most recent major title until winning last year's Masters. However, Woods hasn't posted a top-10 finish at the Farmers since winning in 2013.

He is also making his 2020 debut, having taken off since leading the United States to victory at last month's Presidents Cup. It's also his first official stroke-play event since winning the ZOZO Championship in Japan last month.

"I just wanted to get away from it," said Woods, who didn't pick up a club after the Presidents Cup until playing with his son on his birthday. "I was a little bit fried physically, mentally, emotionally and just wanted to have it all end."

While earning an 83rd career PGA Tour victory would undoubtedly mean a lot to Woods, there is always a bigger number when it comes to his career goals. That's Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 majors - which he's still three shy of tying.

"To even get to the number I'm at right now, 15's a lot. Not too many guys who are around have seen that kind of number before," Woods said, per the Golf Channel. "It's just going to take time. It took Jack about 26 years to get to it, it's taken me 20 some odd years to get to mine."

--Field Level Media

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