Farmers Insurance Open

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Farmers Insurance Open
Farmers Insurance Open logo.png
Tournament information
LocationSan Diego, California
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 Max Homa
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 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".

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 December 1927 and January 1929.[5][6][7] It was an autumn event in 1956 and 1957,[8][9] not held in 1958, and returned as a winter event in early 1959.[10]

Course history[edit]

Founded seventy-one years ago in 1952, the first two editions were played at San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista.[11][12] In 1954, the San Diego Open was at Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club,[13] which had hosted the Crosby Pro-Am prior to World War II.[14]

The event was played at Mission Valley Country Club in San Diego in 1955,[15] then went to Singing Hills Country Club in El Cajon in October 1956.[8] The tournament returned to Mission Valley C.C. in 1957,[9] where it stayed through 1963.[16] Mission Valley changed its name to Stardust Country Club in 1962 (and now is known as Riverwalk Golf Club). After one edition in 1964 at Rancho Bernardo Country Club (now Rancho Bernardo Inn) in San Diego,[17] it returned to Stardust for three years, through 1967.[18][19][20]

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. During those early editions at Torrey Pines, the course length was under 6,850 yards (6,265 m).[21][22][23] 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. The South Course has hosted the U.S. Open twice: Tiger Woods won in a playoff in 2008,[24] and Jon Rahm won in 2021.

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up Purse
($)
Winner's
share ($)
Farmers Insurance Open
2023 United States Max Homa 275 −13 2 strokes United States Keegan Bradley 8,700,000 1,566,000
2022 United States Luke List 273 −15 Playoff United States Will Zalatoris 8,400,000 1,512,000
2021 United States Patrick Reed 274 −14 5 strokes United States Tony Finau
Norway Viktor Hovland
Sweden Henrik Norlander
United States Ryan Palmer
United States Xander Schauffele
7,500,000 1,350,000
2020 Australia Marc Leishman 273 −15 1 stroke Spain Jon Rahm 7,500,000 1,350,000
2019 England Justin Rose 267 −21 2 strokes Australia Adam Scott 7,100,000 1,278,000
2018 Australia Jason Day (2) 278 −10 Playoff Sweden Alex Norén
United States Ryan Palmer
6,900,000 1,242,000
2017 Spain Jon Rahm 275 −13 3 strokes United States Charles Howell III
Taiwan Pan Cheng-tsung
6,700,000 1,206,000
2016 United States Brandt Snedeker (2) 282 −6 1 stroke South Korea K. J. Choi 6,500,000 1,170,000
2015 Australia Jason Day 279 −9 Playoff United States Harris English
United States J. B. Holmes
United States Scott Stallings
6,300,000 1,134,000
2014 United States Scott Stallings 279 −9 1 stroke South Korea K. J. Choi
Australia Jason Day
Canada Graham DeLaet
Australia Marc Leishman
United States Pat Perez
6,100,000 1,098,000
2013 United States Tiger Woods (7) 274 −14 4 strokes United States Brandt Snedeker
United States Josh Teater
6,100,000 1,098,000
2012 United States Brandt Snedeker 272 −16 Playoff United States Kyle Stanley 6,000,000 1,080,000
2011 United States Bubba Watson 272 −16 1 stroke United States Phil Mickelson 5,800,000 1,044,000
2010 United States Ben Crane 275 −13 1 stroke Australia Marc Leishman
Australia Michael Sim
United States Brandt Snedeker
5,300,000 954,000
Buick Invitational
2009 United States Nick Watney 277 −11 1 stroke United States John Rollins 5,300,000 954,000
2008 United States Tiger Woods (6) 269 −19 8 strokes Japan Ryuji Imada 5,200,000 936,000
2007 United States Tiger Woods (5) 273 −15 2 strokes United States Charles Howell III 5,200,000 936,000
2006 United States Tiger Woods (4) 278 −10 Playoff Australia Nathan Green
Spain José María Olazábal
5,100,000 918,000
2005 United States Tiger Woods (3) 272 −16 3 strokes England Luke Donald
United States Charles Howell III
United States Tom Lehman
4,800,000 864,000
2004 United States John Daly 278 −10 Playoff England Luke Donald
United States Chris Riley
4,800,000 864,000
2003 United States Tiger Woods (2) 272 −16 4 strokes Sweden Carl Pettersson 4,500,000 810,000
2002 Spain José María Olazábal 275 −13 1 stroke United States J. L. Lewis
United States Mark O'Meara
3,600,000 648,000
2001 United States Phil Mickelson (3) 269 −19 Playoff United States Frank Lickliter
United States Davis Love III
3,500,000 630,000
2000 United States Phil Mickelson (2) 270 −18 4 strokes Japan Shigeki Maruyama
United States Tiger Woods
3,000,000 540,000
1999 United States Tiger Woods 266 −22 2 strokes United States Billy Ray Brown 2,700,000 486,000
1998 United States Scott Simpson 204[a] −12 Playoff United States Skip Kendall 2,100,000 378,000
1997 United States Mark O'Meara 275 −13 2 strokes United States Donnie Hammond
United States Mike Hulbert
United States Lee Janzen
United States David Ogrin
Sweden Jesper Parnevik
United States Craig Stadler
United States Duffy Waldorf
1,500,000 270,000
1996 United States Davis Love III 269 −19 2 strokes United States Phil Mickelson 1,200,000 216,000
Buick Invitational of California
1995 United States Peter Jacobsen 269 −19 4 strokes United States Mark Calcavecchia
United States Mike Hulbert
United States Hal Sutton
United States Kirk Triplett
1,200,000 216,000
1994 United States Craig Stadler 268 −20 1 stroke United States Steve Lowery 1,100,000 198,000
1993 United States Phil Mickelson 278 −10 4 strokes United States Dave Rummells 1,000,000 180,000
1992 United States Steve Pate (2) 200[a] −16 1 stroke United States Chip Beck 1,000,000 180,000
Shearson Lehman Brothers Open
1991 United States Jay Don Blake 268 −20 2 strokes United States Bill Sander 1,000,000 180,000
Shearson Lehman Hutton Open
1990 United States Dan Forsman 275 −13 2 strokes United States Tommy Armour III 900,000 162,000
1989 United States Greg Twiggs 271 −17 2 strokes Australia Steve Elkington
United States Brad Faxon
United States Mark O'Meara
United States Mark Wiebe
700,000 126,000
Shearson Lehman Hutton Andy Williams Open
1988 United States Steve Pate 269 −19 1 stroke United States Jay Haas 650,000 117,000
Shearson Lehman Brothers Andy Williams Open
1987 United States George Burns 266 −22 4 strokes United States J. C. Snead
United States Bobby Wadkins
500,000 90,000
1986 United States Bob Tway 204[a] −12 Playoff West Germany Bernhard Langer 450,000 81,000
Isuzu-Andy Williams San Diego Open
1985 United States Woody Blackburn 269 −19 Playoff United States Ron Streck 400,000 72,000
1984 United States Gary Koch 272 −16 Playoff United States Gary Hallberg 400,000 72,000
1983 United States Gary Hallberg 271 −17 1 stroke United States Tom Kite 300,000 54,000
Wickes-Andy Williams San Diego Open
1982 United States Johnny Miller 270 −18 1 stroke United States Jack Nicklaus 300,000 54,000
1981 United States Bruce Lietzke 278 −10 Playoff United States Raymond Floyd
United States Tom Jenkins
250,000 45,000
Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational
1980 United States Tom Watson (2) 275 −13 Playoff United States D. A. Weibring 250,000 45,000
1979 United States Fuzzy Zoeller 282 −6 5 strokes United States Billy Kratzert
United States Wayne Levi
United States Artie McNickle
United States Tom Watson
250,000 45,000
1978 United States Jay Haas 278 −10 3 strokes United States Andy Bean
United States Gene Littler
United States John Schroeder
200,000 40,000
1977 United States Tom Watson 269 −19 5 strokes United States Larry Nelson
United States John Schroeder
180,000 36,000
1976 United States J. C. Snead (2) 272 −16 1 stroke United States Don Bies 180,000 36,000
1975 United States J. C. Snead 279 −9 Playoff United States Raymond Floyd
United States Bobby Nichols
170,000 34,000
1974 United States Bobby Nichols 275 −13 1 stroke United States Rod Curl
United States Gene Littler
170,000 34,000
1973 United States Bob Dickson 278 −10 1 stroke United States Billy Casper
Australia Bruce Crampton
United States Grier Jones
United States Phil Rodgers
170,000 34,000
1972 United States Paul Harney 275 −13 1 stroke United States Hale Irwin 150,000 30,000
1971 United States George Archer 272 −16 3 strokes United States Dave Eichelberger 150,000 30,000
1970 United States Pete Brown 275 −13 Playoff England Tony Jacklin 150,000 30,000
1969 United States Jack Nicklaus 284 −4 1 stroke United States Gene Littler 150,000 30,000
1968 United States Tom Weiskopf 273 −15 1 stroke United States Al Geiberger 150,000 30,000
San Diego Open Invitational
1967 United States Bob Goalby 269 −15 1 stroke United States Gay Brewer 71,000 13,200
1966 United States Billy Casper 268 −16 4 strokes United States Tommy Aaron
United States Tom Weiskopf
45,000 5,800
1965 United States Wes Ellis 267 −17 Playoff United States Billy Casper 39,000 4,850
1964 United States Art Wall Jr. 274 −6 2 strokes United States Tony Lema
United States Bob Rosburg
30,000 4,300
1963 South Africa Gary Player 270 −14 1 stroke United States Tony Lema 25,000 3,500
1962 United States Tommy Jacobs 277 −7 Playoff United States Johnny Pott 25,000 3,500
1961 United States Arnold Palmer (2) 271 −13 1 stroke Canada Al Balding 22,500 2,800
1960 United States Mike Souchak 269 −19 1 stroke United States Johnny Pott 22,500 2,800
1959 United States Marty Furgol 274 −14 1 stroke United States Joe Campbell
United States Billy Casper
United States Dave Ragan
United States Mike Souchak
United States Bo Wininger
20,000 2,800
1958: No tournament
1957 United States Arnold Palmer 271 −17 1 stroke Canada Al Balding 15,000 2,400
Convair-San Diego Open
1956 United States Bob Rosburg 270 −18 2 strokes United States Dick Mayer 15,000 2,400
1955 United States Tommy Bolt (2) 274 −14 2 strokes United States Johnny Palmer 15,000 2,400
San Diego Open
1954 United States Gene Littler (a) 274 −14 4 strokes United States Dutch Harrison 15,000 2,400
1953 United States Tommy Bolt 274 −14 3 strokes United States Doug Ford 10,000 2,000
1952 United States Ted Kroll 276 −12 3 strokes United States Jimmy Demaret 10,000 2,000

Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.
Sources:[5][25]

Multiple winners[edit]

Through 2023, nine players have won this tournament more than once:

Records and trivia[edit]

  • 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.[26] 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.[27]
  • Tiger Woods (2005–08) won four straight years, then won his fifth consecutive Torrey Pines tournament at the 2008 U.S. Open on the South Course that 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.[28]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Shortened to 54 holes due to rain.

References[edit]

  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 – via Google News Archive.
  3. ^ "Pate makes key birdie for victory". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. February 22, 1988. p. 2B – via Google News Archive.
  4. ^ "Farmers Insurance to sponsor San Diego Tour event". PGA Tour. January 18, 2010. Retrieved March 13, 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Farmers Insurance Open – Past Winners & Runners-Up". PGA Tour.
  6. ^ "Diegel is winner of pro tourney". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. December 19, 1927. p. 18 – via Google News Archive.
  7. ^ "Leo Diegel wins San Diego Open". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. January 7, 1929. p. 11 – via Google News Archive.
  8. ^ a b "Rosburg wins golf tourney". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). United Press. October 8, 1956. p. 2B – via Google News Archive.
  9. ^ a b "Palmer wins golf tourney". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. November 4, 1957. p. 28 – via Google News Archive.
  10. ^ "Marty Furgol winner in San Diego Open". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. February 2, 1959. p. 21 – via Google News Archive.
  11. ^ "Ted Kroll's 276 wins San Diego tourney". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. January 21, 1952. p. 18 – via Google News Archive.
  12. ^ "Bolt suppresses temper for $2000". Pittsburgh Press. United Press. January 19, 1953. p. 21 – via Google News Archive.
  13. ^ "Littler beats pros, wins San Diego". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. January 25, 1954. p. 18 – via Google News Archive.
  14. ^ "John Dawson, amateur, wins Crosby golf". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. February 2, 1942 – via Google News Archive.
  15. ^ "Bolt's 274 wins by two strokes". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. January 24, 1955. p. 18 – via Google News Archive.
  16. ^ "Player's clutch putt wins San Diego Open". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. January 14, 1963. p. 23 – via Google News Archive.
  17. ^ "Wall wins San Diego Open". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. January 13, 1964. p. 22 – via Google News Archive.
  18. ^ "Ellis beats Casper in golf playoff". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. January 18, 1965. p. 23 – via Google News Archive.
  19. ^ "Slim Casper carries weight in hometown". Pittsburgh Press. UPI. January 17, 1966. p. 31 – via Google News Archive.
  20. ^ "Goalby starts fast, ends long drought". Pittsburgh Press. UPI. January 16, 1967. p. 39 – via Google News Archive.
  21. ^ "Trio shares lead". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. February 11, 1968. p. 4B – via Google News Archive.
  22. ^ "Littler shoots 67, assumes golf lead". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. February 2, 1969. p. 2B – via Google News Archive.
  23. ^ "Nicklaus gains control as Jackline falls back". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. February 1, 1970. p. 3B – via Google News Archive.
  24. ^ PGA Tour 2007 Official Guide. January 2007. pp. 1–5, 3–10, 11, 11–5.
  25. ^ "2009 Buick Invitational Media Guide - Tournament History" (PDF). www.buickinvitational.com.
  26. ^ "Littler beats pros, wins San Diego". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. January 25, 1954. p. 18. Retrieved January 29, 2013 – via Google News Archive.
  27. ^ "Miller wins by 1 over on-rushing Nicklaus". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. February 1, 1982. p. 3C. Retrieved January 29, 2013 – via Google News Archive.
  28. ^ 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 – via Google News Archive.

External links[edit]

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