The PGA Tour has left town, but for one more day, the setup at Torrey Pines Golf Course remains very professional.

"Today they get the opportunity to play where Phil was at and where Ben was at from those tee boxes and yardages," said Jon Maddern the Operations Manager at Torrey Pines Golf Course. "The rough is brutal today."

With a shotgun start at 8 am, 144 golfers did their best to manuever through the rough as they played the same South course where Phil Mickelson hit a wayward drive on the ninth hole that hit a fan and where Ben Crane drained some crazy-long putts on his way to winning his first Farmers Insurance Open.

Michael Roston of Carlsbad said he came close to having a Crane-like moment. "I made a 30-footer so that made me pretty happy," he said.

"I have not made one putt yet," said Ted Batha of San Diego.

I mentioned that he was playing like Phil Mickelson who couldn't make any putts yesterday, Batha replid: "That's exactly right. But I'm hitting more fairways than he did."

"You think you might be a pro someday when you are younger," said Peter Guertin who plays regularly at Torrey Pines and lives two miles away. "Then you come out and see (the pros) shoot a 68 out here and we're not shooting 68 out here.

"Well, we are, but we still got five holes left."

The lucky players had their names drawn out of a lottery. They were supposed to play last year, but the event got rained out. All it cost was the same green fee that they'd pay on any other Monday.

"It's always nice to experience what the best in the world can do and enjoy beautiful Torrey Pines on a great day," Roston said.

This chance comes around only once a year. After today, the groundscrew will cut down the rough and change the tees and greens. So this chance to hit their top flites, titleists or even a ball with SpongeBob painted on it, is something every avid golfer will treasure.