The Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament officially tees off

LA JOLLA (CNS) – A tried-and-true formula will highlight the opening round of the $5.8 million Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament, which began Thursday at the Torrey Pines Golf Club.

Playing in a threesome on the North course Thursday will be Tiger Woods, returning to the tournament after missing the past two years, and Rocco Mediate, who forced Woods into a thrilling playoff in the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.

Woods, Mediate and Anthony Kim are scheduled to start their first round at 9 a.m. the 10th tee.

Woods has won the tournament six times, but missed the past two editions because of an injury and personal problems.

They'll play on a North course which has been altered to play longer than before.

Traditionally, the leader board after the first round is dominated by golfers who played Torrey Pines North, but they invariably fall back to the pack when taking on the South course the next day.

The top 70 players, out of 156 entrants, will advance to the final two rounds, which will take place on Torrey Pines South.

Fan favorite Phil Mickelson is scheduled to begin play at 10:10 a.m. at the first tee on the South Course. Defending champion Ben Crane will also play the South Course, beginning at 9 a.m.

Tickets cost $32 per day, or $21 for seniors 60 and over. Four-round passes are $120.

General parking costs $20 at the Del Mar Show Park and Qualcomm Stadium, with shuttles to the courses.

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