There's no place like home, and that's essentially where Tiger Woods will kick off his 2013-14 PGA season.
Although Eldrick was born about an hour-and-a-half north in Cypress, Calif., he has always treated Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla as his own personal stomping grounds. In 13 starts at what is now known as the Farmers Insurance Open, Woods has won seven times, including last year's tourney.
Throw in a U.S. Open championship at the same location, and he's just one win away from setting a new record, per ESPN Stats & Info:
Tiger Woods is set to tee off for 1st time in 2014. A win at Torrey Pines would be 9th at course - no player has ever done that— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 23, 2014
Despite the success at the Farmers, though, Woods expects this week to prove more difficult than in the past.
"The rough is thick, it's a little more lush than we've seen it with these green conditions," he said, via ESPN.com's Bob Harig. "We've seen it like this when it's wet but not when it's like this. This is very similar to an Open."
Of course, Woods is hoping that "home sweet home" is able to propel him to a few more significant records in 2014. The 38-year-old is chasing Sam Snead for PGA Tour victories and the legendary Jack Nicklaus for major wins, according to ESPN:
Tiger Woods enters 2014 calendar year with 79 PGA TOUR victories, 4 shy of breaking Sam Snead's record of 82 that has stood since 1965.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 21, 2014
The latter is where Woods faces more pressure.
Although he has an impressive 14 majors already under his belt, he hasn't won one in over five years despite tallying nine top-10 finishes in that span. Every time he comes up short, chatter about his "inability to win the big one" only increases.
While he won't be able to silence that chatter this week, Tiger has a chance at one of his most successful courses to gain some early momentum in 2014.