Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines

Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines (January 27, 2011)

LA JOLLA, Calif. -- A chain link fence is all that separated Brian James from the pros Thursday at Torrey Pines.

"It's interesting how they try to work on their game," said James. "They're still working on it at all times."

James was watching golfers at the Farmers Insurance Open from behind a fence along Torrey Pines Road. It's the only way to see the PGA's best for free on the driving range.

"You don't want to spend all that money to come here for two hours after work," explained James.

Throughout the day, fans, people who work nearby and joggers stopped for a quick glimpse of golf greatness.

"Just dropped by. Got a chance to get out of work early, see some guys hit some balls." said Tim Hicks.

Hicks has a 9 handicap, but marvels at seeing the best up close.

"It's a couple levels above what I can do," he said.