Farmers Insurance Open

The Farmers Insurance Open is a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour, played in the San Diego, California, area in the early part of the season known as the "West Coast Swing".

Farmers Insurance Open
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Tournament information
LocationSan Diego, California, U.S.
Established1952[1]
Course(s)Torrey Pines Golf Course
(South Course)
(North Course)
Par72
Length7,765 yards (7,100 m) (S)
7,258 yards (6,637 m) (N)
Organized byCentury Club of San Diego
Tour(s)PGA Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fundUS$8,400,000
Month playedJanuary
Tournament record score
Aggregate266 George Burns (1987)
266 Tiger Woods (1999)
To par−22 as above
Current champion
United States Patrick Reed
Location Map
Torrey Pines is located in the United States
Torrey Pines
Torrey Pines
Location in the United States
Torrey Pines is located in California
Torrey Pines
Torrey Pines
Location in California

The tournament was noted for having singer-actor Andy Williams as a celebrity host from 1968 through 1988.[2][3] It originated as the San Diego Open in 1952 and used that name in its title through 1985. Title sponsors were added in 1981, first with Wickes for two years, then three with Isuzu. Shearson Lehman Brothers became the title sponsors in 1986, replaced by Buick in 1992 and Farmers Insurance in 2010.[4] The event is organized by The Century Club of San Diego.

Although the San Diego Open began in 1952, the PGA Tour recognizes two earlier events of the same name: Leo Diegel won both events, in 1927 and 1929.[5]

Course historyEdit

Upon its founding in 1952, the tournament was initially played at San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista for its first two years. In 1954, the tournament moved to Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe; that club had previously hosted the Crosby Pro-Am prior to World War II. The event was played at Mission Valley Country Club in San Diego in 1955 for one year, then went to Singing Hills Country Club in El Cajon in 1956. The tournament returned to Mission Valley C.C. in 1957 where it stayed through 1963. Mission Valley changed its name to Stardust Country Club in 1962 (and now is known as Riverwalk Golf Club). After one year in 1964 at Rancho Bernardo Country Club (now Rancho Bernardo Inn) in San Diego, it returned to Stardust C.C. for three years, through 1967.

In 1968, the event began its present relationship with Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, a 36-hole public facility owned by the City of San Diego. In the current tournament set-up, players split the first 36 holes between the North and South Courses, then play the final 36 holes on the South Course. In 2008, the South Course hosted the U.S. Open, won by Tiger Woods in a playoff,[6] and the major tournament is scheduled to return to the course in 2021.

WinnersEdit

Year Winner Score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ($)
Purse ($)
Farmers Insurance Open
2022     1,512,000 8,400,000
2021   Patrick Reed 274 −14 5 strokes   Tony Finau
  Viktor Hovland
  Henrik Norlander
  Ryan Palmer
  Xander Schauffele
1,350,000 7,500,000
2020   Marc Leishman 273 −15 1 stroke   Jon Rahm 1,350,000 7,500,000
2019   Justin Rose 267 −21 2 strokes   Adam Scott 1,278,000 7,100,000
2018   Jason Day (2) 278 −10 Playoff   Alex Norén
  Ryan Palmer
1,242,000 6,900,000
2017   Jon Rahm 275 −13 3 strokes   Charles Howell III
  Pan Cheng-tsung
1,206,000 6,700,000
2016   Brandt Snedeker (2) 282 −6 1 stroke   K. J. Choi 1,170,000 6,500,000
2015   Jason Day 279 −9 Playoff   Harris English
  J. B. Holmes
  Scott Stallings
1,134,000 6,300,000
2014   Scott Stallings 279 −9 1 stroke   K. J. Choi
  Jason Day
  Graham DeLaet
  Marc Leishman
  Pat Perez
1,098,000 6,100,000
2013   Tiger Woods (7) 274 −14 4 strokes   Brandt Snedeker
  Josh Teater
1,098,000 6,100,000
2012   Brandt Snedeker 272 −16 Playoff   Kyle Stanley 1,080,000 6,000,000
2011   Bubba Watson 272 −16 1 stroke   Phil Mickelson 1,044,000 5,800,000
2010   Ben Crane 275 −13 1 stroke   Marc Leishman
  Michael Sim
  Brandt Snedeker
954,000 5,300,000
Buick Invitational
2009   Nick Watney 277 −11 1 stroke   John Rollins 954,000 5,300,000
2008   Tiger Woods (6) 269 −19 8 strokes   Ryuji Imada 936,000 5,200,000
2007   Tiger Woods (5) 273 −15 2 strokes   Charles Howell III 936,000 5,200,000
2006   Tiger Woods (4) 278 −10 Playoff   Nathan Green
  José María Olazábal
918,000 5,100,000
2005   Tiger Woods (3) 272 −16 3 strokes   Luke Donald
  Charles Howell III
  Tom Lehman
864,000 4,800,000
2004   John Daly 278 −10 Playoff   Luke Donald
  Chris Riley
864,000 4,800,000
2003   Tiger Woods (2) 272 −16 4 strokes   Carl Pettersson 810,000 4,500,000
2002   José María Olazábal 275 −13 1 stroke   J. L. Lewis
  Mark O'Meara
648,000 3,600,000
2001   Phil Mickelson (3) 269 −19 Playoff   Frank Lickliter
  Davis Love III
630,000 3,500,000
2000   Phil Mickelson (2) 270 −18 4 strokes   Shigeki Maruyama
  Tiger Woods
540,000 3,000,000
1999   Tiger Woods 266 −22 2 strokes   Billy Ray Brown 486,000 2,700,000
1998   Scott Simpson 204[a] −12 Playoff   Skip Kendall 378,000 2,100,000
1997   Mark O'Meara 275 −13 2 strokes   Donnie Hammond
  Mike Hulbert
  Lee Janzen
  David Ogrin
  Jesper Parnevik
  Craig Stadler
  Duffy Waldorf
270,000 1,500,000
1996   Davis Love III 269 −19 2 strokes   Phil Mickelson 216,000 1,200,000
Buick Invitational of California
1995   Peter Jacobsen 269 −19 4 strokes   Mark Calcavecchia
  Mike Hulbert
  Hal Sutton
  Kirk Triplett
216,000 1,200,000
1994   Craig Stadler 268 −20 1 stroke   Steve Lowery 198,000 1,100,000
1993   Phil Mickelson 278 −10 4 strokes   Dave Rummells 180,000 1,000,000
1992   Steve Pate (2) 200[a] −16 1 stroke   Chip Beck 180,000 1,000,000
Shearson Lehman Brothers Open
1991   Jay Don Blake 268 −20 2 strokes   Bill Sander 180,000 1,000,000
Shearson Lehman Hutton Open
1990   Dan Forsman 275 −13 2 strokes   Tommy Armour III 162,000 900,000
1989   Greg Twiggs 271 −17 2 strokes   Steve Elkington
  Brad Faxon
  Mark O'Meara
  Mark Wiebe
126,000 700,000
Shearson Lehman Hutton Andy Williams Open
1988   Steve Pate 269 −19 1 stroke   Jay Haas 117,000 650,000
Shearson Lehman Brothers Andy Williams Open
1987   George Burns 266 −22 4 strokes   J. C. Snead
  Bobby Wadkins
90,000 500,000
1986   Bob Tway 204[a] −12 Playoff   Bernhard Langer 81,000 450,000
Isuzu-Andy Williams San Diego Open
1985   Woody Blackburn 269 −19 Playoff   Ron Streck 72,000 400,000
1984   Gary Koch 272 −16 Playoff   Gary Hallberg 72,000 400,000
1983   Gary Hallberg 271 −17 1 stroke   Tom Kite 54,000 300,000
Wickes-Andy Williams San Diego Open
1982   Johnny Miller 270 −18 1 stroke   Jack Nicklaus 54,000 300,000
1981   Bruce Lietzke 278 −10 Playoff   Raymond Floyd
  Tom Jenkins
45,000 250,000
Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational
1980   Tom Watson (2) 275 −13 Playoff   D. A. Weibring 45,000 250,000
1979   Fuzzy Zoeller 282 −6 5 strokes   Billy Kratzert
  Wayne Levi
  Artie McNickle
  Tom Watson
45,000 250,000
1978   Jay Haas 278 −10 3 strokes   Andy Bean
  Gene Littler
  John Schroeder
40,000 200,000
1977   Tom Watson 269 −19 5 strokes   Larry Nelson
  John Schroeder
36,000 180,000
1976   J. C. Snead (2) 272 −16 1 stroke   Don Bies 36,000 180,000
1975   J. C. Snead 279 −9 Playoff   Raymond Floyd
  Bobby Nichols
34,000 170,000
1974   Bobby Nichols 275 −13 1 stroke   Rod Curl
  Gene Littler
34,000 170,000
1973   Bob Dickson 278 −10 1 stroke   Billy Casper
  Bruce Crampton
  Grier Jones
  Phil Rodgers
34,000 170,000
1972   Paul Harney 275 −13 1 stroke   Hale Irwin 30,000 150,000
1971   George Archer 272 −16 3 strokes   Dave Eichelberger 30,000 150,000
1970   Pete Brown 275 −13 Playoff   Tony Jacklin 30,000 150,000
1969   Jack Nicklaus 284 −4 1 stroke   Gene Littler 30,000 150,000
1968   Tom Weiskopf 273 −15 1 stroke   Al Geiberger 30,000 150,000
San Diego Open Invitational
1967   Bob Goalby 269 −15 1 stroke   Gay Brewer 13,200 71,000
1966   Billy Casper 268 −16 4 strokes   Tommy Aaron
  Tom Weiskopf
5,800 45,000
1965   Wes Ellis 267 −17 Playoff   Billy Casper 4,850 39,000
1964   Art Wall Jr. 274 −6 2 strokes   Tony Lema
  Bob Rosburg
4,300 30,000
1963   Gary Player 270 −14 1 stroke   Tony Lema 3,500 25,000
1962   Tommy Jacobs 277 −7 Playoff   Johnny Pott 3,500 25,000
1961   Arnold Palmer (2) 271 −13 1 stroke   Al Balding 2,800 22,500
1960   Mike Souchak 269 −19 1 stroke   Johnny Pott 2,800 22,500
1959   Marty Furgol 274 −14 1 stroke   Joe Campbell
  Billy Casper
  Dave Ragan
  Mike Souchak
  Bo Wininger
2,800 20,000
1958 No tournament
1957   Arnold Palmer 271 −17 1 stroke   Al Balding 2,400 15,000
Convair-San Diego Open
1956   Bob Rosburg 270 −18 2 strokes   Dick Mayer 2,400 15,000
1955   Tommy Bolt (2) 274 −14 2 strokes   Johnny Palmer 2,400 15,000
San Diego Open
1954   Gene Littler (a) 274 −14 4 strokes   Dutch Harrison 2,400 15,000
1953   Tommy Bolt 274 −14 3 strokes   Doug Ford 2,000 10,000
1952   Ted Kroll 276 −12 3 strokes   Jimmy Demaret 2,000 10,000
  1. ^ a b c Shortened to 54 holes due to rain.

Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.
Sources:[5][7]

Multiple winnersEdit

Through 2020, nine players have won this tournament more than once:

Records and triviaEdit

  • Tournament course record:
  • Tiger Woods is the only seven-time winner of the tournament, and Phil Mickelson the only other to win more than twice.
  • Hall of Famer and San Diego native Gene Littler is the only amateur winner, achieving the feat in 1954, and awarded a five-piece tea set.[8] Subsequently, as a professional, Littler was a runner-up three times (1969, 1974, 1978).
  • A memorable year in the tournament's history was 1982, when Johnny Miller outdueled Jack Nicklaus to win by one stroke.[9]
  • Tiger Woods (2005–08) won four straight years, then won the 2008 U.S. Open on the South Course in June.
  • Heavyweight boxer Joe Louis was invited to play in the San Diego Open in 1952 on a sponsor's exemption;
    • Louis became the first African American ever to play in this PGA Tour event.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Media Guide Book p. 20[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Weiskopf cops Williams Open". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. February 12, 1968. p. 4B.
  3. ^ "Pate makes key birdie for victory". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. February 22, 1988. p. 2B.
  4. ^ "Farmers Insurance to sponsor San Diego Tour event". PGA Tour. January 18, 2010. Retrieved March 13, 2013.
  5. ^ a b Farmers Insurance Open - Winners - at www.pgatour.com
  6. ^ PGA Tour 2007 Official Guide - January 2007, pages 1-5, 3-10,11, 11-5.
  7. ^ 2009 Buick Invitational Media Guide - Tournament History - at www.buickinvitational.com
  8. ^ "Littler beats pros, wins San Diego". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. January 25, 1954. p. 18. Retrieved January 29, 2013.
  9. ^ "Miller wins by 1 over on-rushing Nicklaus". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. February 1, 1982. p. 3C. Retrieved January 29, 2013.
  10. ^ Myers, Bob (January 17, 1952). "Joe Louis among 132 starters in San Diego golf". The Day. New London, Connecticut. Associated Press. p. 22. Retrieved January 29, 2013.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 32°54′11″N 117°14′42″W / 32.903°N 117.245°W / 32.903; -117.245