Rory McIlroy is taking part in the Farmers Insurance Open for simply the third time, searching for his first tour victory since 2019 whereas getting a really feel for the course that may host the U.S. Open in June.
With seven-time winner Tiger Woods lacking one among his favourite tournaments as a result of 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 again to the Junior World days, no matter that’s now, 20 years in the past.
“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 taking part in 9 holes on the North Course on Wednesday however ended up taking part in 18 on the more durable 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 can 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 beautiful structure for a significant championship. I believe it stands as much as have a U.S. Open right here. It stands as much as principally probably the most elite degree of golf that we play, the hardest take a look at we face all 12 months for probably the most half.
“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 goes to play a lot in another way in June. I might count on the tough to be up a bit bit extra and the greens to be a bit bit firmer, a bit extra premium on accuracy that week than possibly there’s this week, nevertheless it’s not as when you’re not attempting to hit the fairways this week both.
“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 place a few instances earlier than, one particularly I keep in mind, I believe I used to be main by 1 or 2, taking part in the seventh gap and after that type of fell away. You study from these form of issues. I used to be simply desirous to take all my experiences, put them in my basket, I assume, and use all of them 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 can be making his thirteenth begin on this match. He first performed Torrey Pines throughout the Junior Worlds in 2001.
He is aware of Torrey Pines will play in another way for the Open than it should 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.”