Free admission draws 15,000 to watch final day of Farmers Insurance Open after weather delay

Tiger Woods wins 7th title at Torrey Pines

SAN DIEGO - With an offer of free admission, an estimated 15,000 people descended on Torrey Pines Golf Course Monday to watch the delayed final round of the Farmers Insurance Open.

Monday was windy and chilly but there were beautiful skies above Torrey Pines as an estimated 15,000 walked the south course to watch the final, delayed day of the Farmers Insurance Open.

Golf fan Jimmy Wilson, who drove to San Diego from Mission Viejo, said, "One reason is because I couldn't come out the past three days because of the weather, and today is a beautiful day and I wanted to support Tiger [Woods]."

The tournament was affected by the weather this weekend, first by rain and then by fog. The fog was so thick on Saturday that play was suspended. An extra day was needed for the tournament to finish, and fans were offered free admission for the extra day.

Wilson mused, "Free is always good; didn't know [until] I got here."

Tournament spokesman Rick Schloss told 10News that the Century Club and Farmers Insurance jointly decided to waive fan fees on Monday.

"Parking was free on the glider strip; the only parking charge was for the shuttle -- $15 from the Solana gate in Del Mar or Executive Way at UTC, but if you got here early enough on the glider strip, it was free, free, free," Schloss added.

The main draw was Woods, as there was a constant crush of people along the rope barrier to see golf's biggest star. Among the fans were Brian and Brett Hershman, brothers from Scripps Ranch, taking advantage of the opportunity to see an idol.

"It's a good feeling … an easy decision, for sure," said Brian Hershman.

"The crowd is massive, as we can see, and it's been a great day," said Lee Jones of Oceanside. "This is my first golf tournament I've ever attended and I did come to see Tiger Woods."

Archi Cianfrocco, a former San Diego Padres outfielder, was among the fans who stood alongside the fairway

"It's great. To stand 10 feet away from him was amazing; he's a great golfer," Cianfrocco said.

Scott Fuller brought his family from Nova Scotia, and they're thrilled about the sunshine, the golf and no charge.    

"All of the above. [We] want to see Tiger Woods. [We] haven't come to California too often and the free day was just a bonus," said Fuller, who told 10News the family would head to Disneyland following the tournament.

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