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PGA - Farmers Insurance Open Preview
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DATES: Thursday, January 27th through Sunday, January 30th
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:  59th
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:  Ben Crane
Runner-Up:  Marc Leishman, Michael Sim, Brandt Snedeker
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)
Total Purse:  $5,800,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,044,000; 2nd Place - $626,400; 3rd Place - $394,400
 
2010 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Ben Crane275Ernie Els277
Marc Leishman276Rickie Fowler277
Michael Sim276Alex Prugh277
Brandt Snedeker276Six players at278
Michael Allen277
 
Past Farmers Insurance Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2010Ben Crane (275) -- Marc Leishman, Michael Sim, Brandt Snedeker
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
Player2001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Ben Crane---T-22T-13------wd---T-67T-7Won
Michael Sim---------------------------T-2
Brandt Snedeker------------------3rdmcT-42T-2
Rickie Fowler---------------------------T-5
Nick Watney------------mcT-49T-9mcWonT-9
Lucas Glover---------mcmcT-4mcT-67T-3T-9
Ryuji Imada------------T-76T-39T-162ndT-19T-9
Charles Howell III------T-7T-66T-2T-392ndT-13T-42T-9
Robert Allenby---------T-40mc---T-9T-35---T-9
Phil MickelsonWonmcT-4T-4T-56T-8T-51T-6T-4219th
John Rollins---T-8wdmcT-30T-4mc65th2ndT-20
Justin Rose------------mc---T-51------T-22
Hunter Mahan---------mcmcmcT-56T-29T-11T-27
Bill Haas------------T-18mcT-20T-29T-11T-37
Ben Curtis------mc---mcT-35---mcT-50T-42
Bubba Watson---------------T-56T-4T-47T-7mc
Dustin Johnson---------------------T-37T-19mc
John DalyT-484th---WonT-72T-63mcmc---mc
Camilo Villegas---------------mcmcT-13T-3---
Gary Woodland------------------------T-81---
Tiger Woods4thT-5WonT-10WonWonWonWon------
Anthony Kim------------------mcT-67------
Jhonattan Vegas------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Tiger Woods
Darkhorse - Bill Haas
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Matt Kuchar) - Finished tied for 7th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Roland Thatcher) - Missed the cut
 
NOTES:
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson make their PGA season debuts this week at the Farmers Insurance Open. They headline a good field at Torrey Pines, which includes 11 of the top-40 players in the world. Mickelson captured his third Masters title last year, while Woods went without a win for the first time in his storied career. Woods also lost his No. 1 ranking for the first time in five years. They are joined in the field by young American stars Dustin Johnson, Hunter Mahan and Rickie Fowler. This is the second year that the tournament is known as the Farmers Insurance Open. It was formerly known as the Buick Invitational.

Last year, Ben Crane rolled in a tricky three-foot par putt at the 18th hole in the final round to hang on and win this event at Torrey Pines. Crane shot rounds of 65-71-69-70 and came from two shots down on the final day to win. He finished at 13-under-par 275 for a one stroke win over Marc Leishman, Michael Sim and Brandt Snedeker. This was Crane's third PGA Tour crown and his first in almost five years. His last victory came at the 2005 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee and his first title was at the 2003 BellSouth Classic.

In 2008, 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. Woods has not played at Torrey Pines since the 2008 U.S. Open. He missed the 2009 event due to injury and last year`s tournament because of personal reasons.

Woods fired a six-under 66 in the final round in 2007 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 ($5,729,000). Woods has posted 30 of his 43 rounds 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 in back-to-back years. Mickelson also has a fantastic record, 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 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 43rd 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 24 Farmers Insurance Opens. Fifteen of the last 19 champions have been born, raised, gone to school or were living in California.

The PGA Tour continues its western swing next week, as Mahan defends the title he won last year at the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale.

01/25 15:32:08 ET

As of January 25, 2011, at 03:32 PM ET