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January 16, 2013

Phil Mickelson's plans for Torrey Pines North take shape: Truth & Rumors

Posted at 9:08 AM by Samantha Glover | Categories: Phil Mickelson, Torrey Pines

Phil Mickelson's detailed plans for holes Nos. 1, 2, and 3 at Torrey Pines North were revealed to the public last week, according to a The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Photos and drawings, displayed at the future media site for this year's Farmer's Insurance Open, showed fewer bunkers, wider fairways, and shorter distances from several tees.

At the par-5 first, current fairway bunkers that are closer to the white tees will be eliminated, with new bunkers requiring carries of 278 and 310 yards for the pros. Where most amateurs would land, the fairway would be widened and raised to provide better views of the ocean. The green would be lowered by 8 feet to show off more water.

The short, par-4 second could become more interesting with the white tees moved up to 280 yards and the blacks playing at 320. Mickelson’s challenge to his peers: Go for it.

The par-3 third, at 108 yards from the whites, in the shortest hole on the course. Mickelson’s thought was to move the green left so that it hugs the canyon more, but he’s providing a more forgiving collection area on the right to give golfers a larger bailout.

Mike Angus, director of golf design and development for Phil Mickelson Design, said that it is important to the team to consider the wishes of the public, adding that they are designing in a way that won't force a hike in greens fees.

“We’re not going out there and blowing up this golf course,” said Mike Angus

“We’re really subtly changing it and hoping to prove that to everybody, so that 10 years from now they will say, ‘Gosh, why didn’t’ we do this sooner?"

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