Farmers Insurance Open
|Location||San Diego, California, U.S.|
|Established||1952, 68 years ago|
|Course(s)||Torrey Pines Golf Course|
|Par||72 - (both courses)|
|Length||7,765 yd (7,100 m) - South|
7,258 yd (6,637 m) - North
|Organized by||Century Club of San Diego|
|Prize fund||$7.5 million|
|Aggregate||266 George Burns (1987)|
266 Tiger Woods (1999)
|To par||−22 George Burns (1987)|
−22 Tiger Woods (1999)
The tournament was noted for having singer-actor Andy Williams as a celebrity host from 1968 to 1988. 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. The event is organized by The Century Club of San Diego.
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, and the major tournament is scheduled to return to the course in 2021.
- (a) - amateur
- * rain-shortened to 54 holes
- ^ scheduled 54 holes
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. 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.
- 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.
- Media Guide Book p. 20[permanent dead link]
- "Farmers Insurance to sponsor San Diego Tour event". PGA Tour. January 18, 2010. Retrieved March 13, 2013.
- Farmers Insurance Open - Winners - at www.pgatour.com
- PGA Tour 2007 Official Guide - January 2007, pages 1-5, 3-10,11, 11-5.
- 2009 Buick Invitational Media Guide - Tournament History - at www.buickinvitational.com
- "Littler beats pros, wins San Diego". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. January 25, 1954. p. 18. Retrieved January 29, 2013.
- "Miller wins by 1 over on-rushing Nicklaus". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. February 1, 1982. p. 3C. Retrieved January 29, 2013.
- 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.