Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods missing from final day of Farmers Insurance Open disappoints some fans

1st time neither competed in final day since 1992

SAN DIEGO - On the final day of the Farmers Insurance Open, there were two big names that were noticeably missing from the lineup, which left some fans disappointed.

For Elizabeth Humbert and her family – by buying tickets specifically for Sunday's final day of the Farmer's Insurance Open – they thought they were guaranteed to see San Diegan Phil Mickelson or Tiger Woods in action.

"Two great players like that … you're pretty sure they're going to make it," said Humbert.      

But that was not the case this year. Mickelson dropped out because of back problems and last year's champion, Woods, did not make it to the next round. This is the first time since 1992 that neither of the two competed on the final day.

It is disappointing news for many fans like Thomas Fernandez, who thought this was his chance to finally see his idol.

"I started playing golf and as a lefty, Phil has been pretty dedicated and it's emotional for me to watch him play," said Fernandez.

Fan Matthew Marzec added, "It's always exciting to go see Tiger. He's an event in itself, so not having that excitement leaves you disappointed."

Tournament organizers say though most of their tickets were pre-sold, they believe with those two golfers down, it will keep people from buying tickets at the gate.

However, they do not foresee a significant drop in revenue when compared to last year.

"I think there will be a little blip because people want to see the superstar, like any sport," said Rick Schloss, a spokesman for the tournament.

Each year, the tournament usually brings in about $25 million to the local economy. A big part of that is because of the big names it brings.

But for the fans who showed up, they say despite the lineup change, it was still important for them to be out there to watch other great players and participate in a tradition that has been around in San Diego for more than 60 years.

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