Thursday 23 November 2017

Mickelson heads Torrey field

World No 2 Phil Mickelson heads the field at this week's San Diego Open at Torrey Pines, where top-ranked Tiger Woods is a conspicuous absentee.

While Mickelson will launch his 2010 PGA Tour campaign at a venue where he has triumphed on three occasions, six-times winner Woods remains in hiding.

PGA Tour veteran Rocco Mediate, who lost to Woods in a thrilling 19-hole play-off for the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines, said: "Any time he's not in the field, it's obviously not the best field we have. You always want your best guy."

Apart from Mickelson, world No 15 Robert Allenby of Australia and 20th-ranked Ernie Els of South Africa are the only other members of the world's top 20 competing.

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