Par will be good score, says Lahiri ahead of event at Torrey Pines

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The venue also hosts the U.S. Open later this year.

“Torrey Pines is always nice to come back to especially on a sunny day. It’s been freezing cold. And we had severe winds on Monday this week,” said Lahiri. “But I got nice practice on Tuesday.”

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Talking about the course, said, “We’re going to be back here for the US Open, in about six months and right now it is set pretty much similar. There’s almost 4-5 of rough. Even in the practice round, it took 2-3 minutes to find any golf ball that kind of missed the fairway, so it’s severe.

“If you do miss the fairway it’s quite severe so I think all focus is going to be on keeping it on the fairways and kind of controlling it in the wind when it does get up, and hopefully it doesn’t get too cold, so yeah it’s going to be an interesting week.”

He said he has played at the course a few times earlier and so he felt pretty comfortable.

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“It’s going to be about keeping it on the short stuff and trying to make birdies wherever you can and par is not a bad score.”

Torrey Pines may not yield a lot of birdies and will need a mix of accuracy off the tee and approach shots will be the key. The field will have Rory McIlroy and Jason Day, both making their PGA TOUR 2021 debuts.

Others include Jon Rahm, who withdrew last week, Patrick Reed and Tony Finau, who couldn’t close for the fourth time after holding a 54-hole lead. Like last week, the tournament will be played over two courses, the South and North Course.

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Golfers will play on both in the opening two rounds, moving to the South over the final 36 holes. Both courses play as par 72s.

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