Experts like Tiger to three-peat at Buick

The record speaks for itself. Tiger Woods simply loves Torrey Pines, with nine top-10 finishes in nine career Buick Invitational starts, including four victories.

Will Tiger claim one for the thumb this week? Or can someone else stand in his way? Our experts give their predictions on the Buick.

Tiger Woods has never finished outside of the top 10 in this event and has won it four times.

Can local boy make good again? San Diego native and newly crowned Bob Hope champ Charley Hoffman has been playing this event since he was 17.

Phil Mickelson has played more rounds on Torrey Pines -- both courses -- than the rest of the field combined. He could play it in his sleep, which was sort of how he played the final hole at Winged Foot.

Two words: Tiger Woods. It's pretty tough to argue against someone who's never finished outside the top 10 with a career scoring average of 68.4 in an event.

Birdie Buster

Will MacKenzie leads the tour in birdies, so why not?

John Rollins owns two top-10s in his last five Buick starts and he's hot, coming off a playoff at the Bob Hope.

John Rollins is second on tour with 49 birdies this year, and finished T-4 here last year. He'll go low a couple of days.

With benign conditions thanks to a dry, cool winter in San Diego, this could turn into a shootout. If so, look for Justin Rose, typically one of the tour's best at making a lot of birdies, to go low.

Super Sleeper

Charles Howell III is in pursuit of his first victory in nearly five years, but remember when his shot to the final hole hit the stick and bounced away a few years ago? That could have been victory No. 2.

Let's go with another local guy. Pat Perez hasn't had a ton of success here, but is long overdue to contend.

Lucas Glover was T-4 here last year and shot four rounds in the 60s before a wind-blown 80 in the final round at the Bob Hope. He bounces back.

Nick Watney, who shot an opening-round 66 at the Buick last year, is long and accurate off the tee and is first in greens in regulation so far this year.


Tiger Woods. He is great in season debuts, winning four of them and never finishing outside of the top 10.

Six straight PGA Tour wins. Four Buick titles. Nine top-10s in nine starts. Tiger Woods keeps the title sponsor happy with a fifth victory at Torrey.

Do you even have to ask? The season gets going for real this week, and Tiger Woods says "I'm baaaack."

Tiger Woods will extend his "streak" to seven straight on the PGA Tour because like most greats, he tends to dominate at certain venues more than others, and this is certainly one of those.