Phil Mickelson knows Torrey Pines - both the South and the North courses. Mickelson grew up in the San Diego area and has played countless rounds, both casual and tournament, on the iconic layouts including winning his first PGA Tour title as a pro at the Buick Invitational (now The Farmers Open). (Mickelson's first PGA Tour title was at the Northern Telecom Open but he was an amateur at the time).
The South course at Torrey Pines is perhaps most famous as the host course of the 2008 U.S. Open (that of the Tiger Woods, one-legged win). As popular as that win and the course became nationally, the locals didn't care too much for the changes it brought about - including the higher prices, the tougher layout and the more crowded tee sheet.
So when it was revealed that Mickelson would play a part in the redesign of the North layout, the locals again became anxious. It seems he has laid those fears to rest.
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