The chatter and speculation hasn't stopped since the players arrived at Torrey Pines this week for the Farmers Insurance Open. The focus of such a busy week is sure to shift to another topic on Thursday.
Yes, there's a golf tournament to be played.
Tiger Woods is back on the course that has brought him seven titles as a pro, hoping to get a good idea where his game is headed this year. It's the first time he has played at Torrey Pines when his game and his health were in reasonably good shape since that Monday playoff win at the 2008 U.S. Open.
Brandt Snedeker returns as the defending champion. So does Kyle Stanley, who served up the win to Snedeker last year when he made triple bogey on the final hole to lose his three-shot lead, and then lost in a playoff.
Phil Mickelson is celebrating the 20-year anniversary of the first of his three U.S. PGA Tour wins at Torrey Pines, his home course on tour. He tees off on Thursday on the North Course, which he has been hired to redesign.