PGA Tour
PGA - Farmers Insurance Open Preview
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DATES: Thursday, January 28th through Sunday, January 31st
SITE: Torrey Pines Golf Course (North, South Courses), La Jolla, California
COURSE ARCHITECT: William Bell (1957 - both courses),
         Rees Jones (2001 - South Course, redesign)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,986 (North Course)
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 519 Yds10 - Par 4 417 Yds
2 - Par 4 329 Yds11 - Par 4 469 Yds
3 - Par 3 184 Yds12 - Par 3 214 Yds
4 - Par 4 427 Yds13 - Par 4 471 Yds
5 - Par 4 411 Yds14 - Par 5 505 Yds
6 - Par 3 208 Yds15 - Par 4 397 Yds
7 - Par 4 399 Yds16 - Par 4 366 Yds
8 - Par 4 436 Yds17 - Par 3 171 Yds
9 - Par 5 547 Yds18 - Par 5 516 Yds
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Par 36 3,460 YdsPar 36 3,526 Yds
 
YARDAGE: 7,698 (South Course)
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 450 Yds10 - Par 4 416 Yds
2 - Par 4 389 Yds11 - Par 3 221 Yds
3 - Par 3 200 Yds12 - Par 4 504 Yds
4 - Par 4 488 Yds13 - Par 5 614 Yds
5 - Par 4 454 Yds14 - Par 4 437 Yds
6 - Par 5 560 Yds15 - Par 4 478 Yds
7 - Par 4 462 Yds16 - Par 3 223 Yds
8 - Par 3 176 Yds17 - Par 4 442 Yds
9 - Par 5 614 Yds18 - Par 5 570 Yds
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Par 36 3,793 YdsPar 36 3,905 Yds
 
Annual:  58th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  - Thursday/Friday -- 8:30-11:30 p.m. (et) - replay,
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 1-2:30 p.m. (et),
  CBS - Saturday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  - Sunday -- 3-6:30 p.m. (et),
  Golf Channel - Saturday/Sunday -- 9:30-11:30 p.m. (et) - replay
Defending Champion:  Nick Watney
Runner-Up:  John Rollins
Tournament Record:  266 (George Burns, 1987; Tiger Woods, 1999)
54-Hole Record:  198 (Woody Blackburn, 1985; Tiger Woods, 2008)
36-Hole Record:  129 (Lennie Clements, 1996; Tom Lehman, 2005)
Course Record:  61 (Mark Brooks, 1990; Brandt Snedeker, 2007 - North Course)
  62 (Tiger Woods, 1999 - South Course)
9-Hole Record:  27 (Brandt Snedeker, 2007 - North Course)
Total Purse:  $5,300,000
Shares:  1st Place - $954,000; 2nd Place - $572,400; 3rd Place - $360,400
 
2009 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Nick Watney277Mathew Goggin282
John Rollins278Ben Crane283
Lucas Glover279Luke Donald283
Camilo Villegas279Charley Hoffman283
Matt Jones281Bubba Watson283
 
Past Farmers Insurance Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2009Nick Watney (277) -- John Rollins
2008Tiger Woods (269) -- Ryuji Imada
2007Tiger Woods (273) -- Charles Howell III
2006*Tiger Woods (278) -- Nathan Green, Jose Maria Olazabal
2005Tiger Woods (272) -- Luke Donald, Charles Howell III, Tom Lehman
2004*John Daly (278) -- Luke Donald, Chris Riley
2003Tiger Woods (272) -- Carl Pettersson
2002Jose Maria Olazabal (276) -- J.L. Lewis, Mark O'Meara
2001*Phil Mickelson (269) -- Frank Lickliter, Davis Love III
2000Phil Mickelson (270) -- Tiger Woods, Shigeki Maruyama
1999Tiger Woods (266) -- Billy Ray Brown
1998#*Scott Simpson (204) -- Skip Kendall
1997Mark O'Meara (275) -- Donnie Hammond, David Ogrin, Mike Hulbert,
Lee Janzen, Jesper Parnevik, Craig Stadler,
Duffy Waldorf
1996Davis Love III (269) -- Phil Mickelson
1995Peter Jacobsen (269) -- Mark Calcavecchia, Mike Hulbert, Hal Sutton,
Kirk Triplett
1994Craig Stadler (268) -- Steve Lowery
1993Phil Mickelson (278) -- Dave Rummells
1992#Steve Pate (200) -- Chip Beck
1991Jay Don Blake (268) -- Bill Sander
1990Dan Forsman (275) -- Tommy Armour III
1989Greg Twiggs (271) -- Steve Elkington, Brad Faxon, Mark O'Meara,
Mark Wiebe
1988Steve Pate (269) -- Jay Haas
1987George Burns (266) -- J.C. Snead, Bobby Wadkins
1986*#Bob Tway (204) -- Bernhard Langer
1985*Woody Blackburn (269) -- Ron Streck
1984*Gary Koch (272) -- Gary Hallberg
1983Gary Hallberg (271) -- Tom Kite
1982Johnny Miller (270) -- Jack Nicklaus
1981*Bruce Lietzke (278) -- Ray Floyd, Tom Jenkins
1980*Tom Watson (275) -- D.A. Weibring
1979Fuzzy Zoeller (282) -- Bill Kratzert, Wayne Levi, Artie McNickle,
Tom Watson
1978Jay Haas (278) -- Andy Bean, Gene Littler, John Schroeder
1977Tom Watson (269) -- Larry Nelson, John Schroeder
1976J.C. Snead (272) -- Don Bies
1975*J.C. Snead (279) -- Bobby Nichols, Ray Floyd
1974Bobby Nichols (275) -- Rod Curl, Gene Littler
1973Bob Dickson (278) -- Billy Casper, Bruce Crampton, Grier Jones,
Phil Rodgers
1972Paul Harney (275) -- Hale Irwin
1971George Archer (272) -- Dave Eichelberger
1970*Pete Brown (275) -- Tony Jacklin
1969Jack Nicklaus (284) -- Gene Littler
1968Tom Weiskopf (273) -- Al Geiberger
1967Bob Goalby (269) -- Gay Brewer
1966Billy Casper (268) -- Tommy Aaron, Tom Weiskopf
1965*Wes Ellis (267) -- Billy Casper
1964Art Wall (274) -- Tony Lema, Bob Rosburg
1963Gary Player (270) -- Tony Lema
1962*Tommy Jacobs (277) -- Johnny Pott
1961*Arnold Palmer (271) -- Al Balding
1960Mike Souchak (269) -- Johnny Pott
1959Marty Furgol (274) -- Joe Campbell, Billy Casper, Dave Ragan,
Mike Souchak, Bo Wininger
1958Not Held
1957Arnold Palmer (271) -- Al Balding
1956Bob Rosburg (270) -- Dick Mayer
1955Tommy Bolt (274) -- Johnny Palmer
1954@Gene Littler (274) -- E.J. Harrison
1953Tommy Bolt (274) -- Doug Ford
1952Ted Krol (276) -- Jimmy Demaret

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened

@ - Amateur

Note:Formerly called Buick Invitational (1996-2009), Buick Invitational of
California (1992-95), Shearson Lehman Brothers Open (1991), Shearson Lehman Hutton Open (1989-90), Shearson Lehman Hutton Andy Williams Open (1988), Shearson Lehman Brothers Andy Williams Open (1986-87), Isuzu/Andy Williams San Diego Open (1983-85), Wickes/Andy Williams San Diego Open (1981-82), Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational (1968-80), San Diego Open Invitational (1957-67), Convair-San Diego Open (1955-56) and San Diego Open (1952-54).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Nick Watney---------------mcT-49T-9mcWon
John Rollinsmc---T-8wdmcT-30T-4mc65th2nd
Lucas Glover------------mcmcT-4mcT-67T-3
Bubba Watson------------------T-56T-4T-47T-7
Charley Hoffmanmcmcmcwd---T-56T-16T-31T-67T-7
Luke Donald------T-18T-7T-2T-2T-24------T-7
Aaron Baddeley---------T-72T-40T-24T-79---T-13T-11
Bill Haas---------------T-18mcT-20T-29T-11
Hunter Mahan------------mcmcmcT-56T-29T-11
Ryuji Imada---------------T-76T-39T-162ndT-19
Rod Pampling------T-22wdT-66---T-10T-51T-37T-35
Phil MickelsonWonWonmcT-4T-4T-56T-8T-51T-6T-42
Nathan Green------------------T-2mcT-11T-42
Charles Howell III---------T-7T-66T-2T-392ndT-13T-42
Brandt Snedeker---------------------3rdmcT-42
Jesper Parnevik------T-70---T-4mcT-10mcmcT-42
Carl Pettersson---------2ndmcT-30T-43mcT-19T-50
Ben Curtis---------mc---mcT-35---mcT-50
Stuart Appleby---mc---mcT-40---T-24---T-8T-57
Ryan Moore------------------mcT-16mcmc
Robert Allenby------------T-40mc---T-9T-35---
John Daly---T-484th---WonT-72T-63mcmc---
Ernie Els---------------T-6------------
Michael Sim------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Phil Mickelson
Darkhorse - John Rollins
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Ryan Moore) - Finished tied for 10th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Carl Pettersson) - Finished tied for 39th
 
NOTES:
World No. 2 Phil Mickelson makes his season debut this week on the PGA Tour at the Farmers Insurance Open. He headlines a good field at Torrey Pines, which includes nine of the top-50 players in the world. Mickelson is coming off a year which saw him win four times, including two World Golf Championship events and THE TOUR Championship. Mickelson is joined in the field by Ernie Els and 2009 U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover. This is the first year that the tournament is known as the Farmers Insurance Open. It was formerly known as the Buick Invitational.

Last year, Nick Watney two-putted from 60 feet for a birdie at the last hole to win this event by a single stroke over John Rollins. The pair were knotted at 10-under par on the 18th tee at the South Course at Torrey Pines. Both found the fairway, then Watney knocked a hybrid-club shot 60 feet over the flag. Rollins badly pulled his second in a greenside bunker, which left him with a tremendously difficult third shot. He blasted out 12 feet past the hole, an admirable effort considering the contour of the green. Watney ran his putt across the green and three feet past the cup. Rollins needed to hole his birdie effort to force a playoff considering how close Watney was to the hole. Rollins missed and opened the door for Watney. He stepped up and converted the birdie putt for his second victory on the PGA Tour after his win in New Orleans in 2007. Watney fired an impressive four-under 68 in the final round to finish at 11-under 277.

In 2008, Tiger Woods fired rounds of 67-65-66-71 and cruised to an eight-shot victory over Ryuji Imada. It was the fourth straight win for Woods at this event and sixth overall. It was the ninth time in his career that he won by at least eight shots. Woods finished the event at 19-under-par 269 and became the only player to win a tournament four straight years at two events, having also accomplished the feat at Bay Hill. Woods also won at Torrey Pines again in June of 2008 at the U.S. Open in a thrilling playoff over Rocco Mediate.

In 2007, Woods fired a six-under 66 in the final round to win. Woods finished the tournament at 15-under-par 273 for a two-shot win over Charles Howell III. The win in 2007 was his seventh straight on the PGA Tour, the second best streak in history. Byron Nelson won 11 consecutive events in 1945. Woods' streak would come to an end at the WGC-Accenture Match Play in his next tournament.

In 2005, Woods recorded his first win of that season and finally returned to the winner's circle in a stroke-play event, ending a 15-month drought dating back to the 2003 WGC-American Express Championship.

Woods has dominated this event since 1998, posting 11 consecutive top-10 finishes. In his 11 appearances, Woods has six wins, a second, third, fourth, fifth and 10th-place finish and ranks as the all-time money winner at this event ($5,729,000). Woods has posted 30 of his 43 rounds at this tournament in the 60s with a scoring average of 68.33. His Sunday scoring average for the South Course is 68.00.

Woods is the only six-time champion, while Mickelson is the only other three- time winner. Woods (2005-08) is the only player to win four consecutive years. Mickelson (2000-01) and J.C. Snead (1975-76) are the only other players to win this event in back-to-back years. Mickelson also has a fantastic record at this tournament, finishing first three times (1993, 2000-01), second in 1996, third in 1994, fourth (2003-04), sixth in 2008 and eighth in 2006.

In 2004, John Daly recorded his first win in almost nine years on the PGA Tour at this tournament when he defeated Luke Donald and Chris Riley in a playoff. Daly, who had failed to title since the 1995 British Open, hit a tremendous shot out of a greenside bunker on the 18th hole to within inches on the first playoff hole and tapped in for birdie and the win, his fifth on the PGA Tour. Daly went 189 starts and eight years, six months, and 22 days between PGA Tour wins.

Gene Littler is the only amateur to win this tournament (1954). Two-time winners of this event are: Tommy Bolt (1953, 55), Arnold Palmer (1957, 61), J.C. Snead (1975-76), Tom Watson (1977, 80) and Steve Pate (1988, 92).

The final two rounds will be played on the South Course, after alternating rounds on both courses Thursday and Friday. The South Course underwent a redesign by Rees Jones in 2001-02, adding over 500 yards to the course.

This is the 42nd year that Torrey Pines has hosted this event, dating back to 1968. The event began in 1952 as the San Diego Open and was held at San Diego Country Club. Prior to the development of the courses, the land was used as a WWII training center for the Army, called Camp Callen.

Dating back to 1954, 16 players with California connections have won 25 Farmers Insurance Opens, including 2009 winner Watney. Eighteen of the last 22 champions have been born, raised, or were living in California.

The PGA Tour continues its western swing next week, as Mickelson defends the title he won last year at the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California.

01/28 10:17:36 ET

As of January 28, 2010, at 10:17 AM ET