Farmers Insurance Open
|Location||San Diego, California, U.S.|
|Established||1952, 69 years ago|
|Course(s)||Torrey Pines Golf Course|
|Par||72 - North|
72 - South
|Length||7,765 yd (7,100 m) - South|
7,258 yd (6,637 m) - North
|Organized by||Century Club of San Diego|
|Tournament record score|
|Aggregate||266 George Burns (1987)|
266 Tiger Woods (1999)
|To par||−22 as above|
The tournament was noted for having singer-actor Andy Williams as a celebrity host from 1968 through 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.
|Year||Winner||Score||To par||Margin of
|Farmers Insurance Open|
|2021||Patrick Reed||274||−14||5 strokes|| Tony Finau
|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
|2017||Jon Rahm||275||−13||3 strokes|| Charles Howell III
|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
|2014||Scott Stallings||279||−9||1 stroke|| K. J. Choi
|2013||Tiger Woods (7)||274||−14||4 strokes|| Brandt Snedeker
|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
|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
|2005||Tiger Woods (3)||272||−16||3 strokes|| Luke Donald
Charles Howell III
|2004||John Daly||278||−10||Playoff|| Luke Donald
|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
|2001||Phil Mickelson (3)||269||−19||Playoff|| Frank Lickliter
Davis Love III
|2000||Phil Mickelson (2)||270||−18||4 strokes|| Shigeki Maruyama
|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
|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
|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
|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
|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
|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
|1978||Jay Haas||278||−10||3 strokes|| Andy Bean
|1977||Tom Watson||269||−19||5 strokes|| Larry Nelson
|1976||J. C. Snead (2)||272||−16||1 stroke||Don Bies||36,000||180,000|
|1975||J. C. Snead||279||−9||Playoff|| Raymond Floyd
|1974||Bobby Nichols||275||−13||1 stroke|| Rod Curl
|1973||Bob Dickson||278||−10||1 stroke|| Billy Casper
|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
|1965||Wes Ellis||267||−17||Playoff||Billy Casper||4,850||39,000|
|1964||Art Wall Jr.||274||−6||2 strokes|| Tony Lema
|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
|1958||No tournament - moved from November to January|
|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|
- Shortened to 54 holes due to rain.
- (a) - amateur
Through 2020, nine players have won this tournament more than once:
- 7 wins
- Tiger Woods: 1999, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2013
- 3 wins
- Phil Mickelson: 1993, 2000, 2001
- 2 wins
Records and trivia
- 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]
- "Weiskopf cops Williams Open". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. February 12, 1968. p. 4B.
- "Pate makes key birdie for victory". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. February 22, 1988. p. 2B.
- "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.