Pastore qualifies for PGA event

January 24, 2019

David Pastore’s professional golf career continues to rise.

A Greenwich native and 2010 Greenwich High School graduate, Pastore earned the right to compete against some of the best players in the world, as he qualfied for the PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open.

Scheduled to take place at Torrey Pines Golf Club in San Diego from Thursday through Sunday, the Farmers Insurance Open will see 156 golfers test their skills at the club’s South and North courses over the first two rounds, before the South couse is solely used over the weekend.

The field includes FedExCup champion, Justin Rose — the world’s No. 1-ranked player, Brooks Koepka (ranked No. 2), Dustin Johnson (No. 3), Justin Thomas (No. 4), Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jason Day, Bubba Watson and Jordan Spieth to name just a few members of the all-star contingent.

Woods has won the Farmers Insurance tournament seven times during his illustrious career. The 27-year-old Pastore, one of four qualifiers for the event, tees off Thursday at 11 a.m. on Torrey Pines’ North Course with Adam Svensson, Hank Lebioda, Sepp Straka, Dominic Bozzelli and Sebastian Munoz.

The Farmer’s Insurance Open marks Pastore’s second PGA Tour event — he’s also competed in the Travelers Championship in Cromwell. The University of Virginia product has played on the PGA Tour’s Mackenzie Tour (PGA Tour Canada) since 2015.

He won the Niagara Championship at Cherry Hills Club in Ontario in the 2016 and competed in four events on the Mackenzie Tour in 2018.

Pastore placed second at the Westchester Open the past two years and won the Minor League Golf Tour’s eighth Match Play Championship in October at Wellington (Fla.) National Golf Club.

Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in 2018 and 2015, while Woods’ last victory at the event came in 2013.