Next week the US Open returns to Torrey Pines for the first time since 2008 when famously Tiger Woods won in an epic playoff duel with Rocco Mediate when suffering a serious leg injury. The playoff was eventually decided on the sudden death first hole after an eighteen-hole playoff finished tied. The knee injury Woods played through meant he immediately went into surgery and the onset of his injury-plagued years ahead, meaning he would wait until the 2019 Masters for his next major championship.
Torrey Pines hosts the Farmers Insurance Open every year on the PGA Tour and therefore we have a slightly better read on the demands placed on the players than most US Opens. The course always sets a stern exam and often susceptible to the weather fronts off the Pacific Ocean. A long course with penal rough puts ball striking at a premium to the Poa Annua greens.