Weather cooperates at Torrey Pines for Farmers Insurance Open: Golf fans flock to see Tiger Woods

Fog forced officials to cancel play on Saturday

SAN DIEGO - Play at the Farmers Insurance Open got back under way on Sunday, with a majority of fans turning out to see one golfer, Tiger Woods.

Erica Rettenberg has been following Woods' career since she was 15 years old.

"I watched him play in Chicago. That was before he turned professional," she said.

It is easy to tell at any given moment where Woods is on the course due to the throngs of fans following his every move. 

"You get a chance to see invariably the greatest golfer of all time – of our generation – out here," said tournament spokesman Rick Schloss. "Eventually, he might play eight or nine holes, and what a treat."

On Saturday, the Torrey Pines Golf Course was shrouded in fog. A few players played for about five minutes, but not long after that, the event was canceled for the day.

However, Saturday's fog did more than dampen spirits at Torrey Pines. It might also tamp down the money, usually about $3 million that the PGA donates every year to local charities. 

"I'm sure it will affect it with the crowds, but we'll still give a lot of money to the community," said Schloss.
 
Back out on the course, there is nothing like celebrity golfers to bring out fans of all ages. 

"We brought our grandson out to see. He wanted to see Ricky Fowler and Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods and Snedeker and he's gotten to see all four of them so far, so he's having a great day," said Phil Minick, who is visiting from Orange County with his son and grandson.

In addition to seeing all the big names, Minick's grandson Baruch told 10News there was one big reason why he and nearly everybody else were out on the links. 

"I like golf," the toddler said.

There are no refunds for people that bought tickets on Saturday for a day of golf that did not happen. However, tournament officials are opening up the gates on Monday to everyone for free. 

Play is scheduled to resume on Monday at 11:10 a.m. with Woods on the eighth hole.

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