2020 Farmers Insurance Open Preview

2020 Farmers Insurance Open Preview

2020 Farmers Insurance Open Preview

A complete list of Farmers Insurance Open Winners is at the link.

Tiger Woods tries to win his 83rd Tour event at a course where he has won seven times.

Dates: January 20-26, 2020
Where: San Diego, California
Courses: Torrey Pines Golf Course; South Course (host), North Course
Field Size: 156
2019 Champion: Justin Rose
Purse: $7,500,00 ($1,350,000)
FedExCup: 500 points to the winner

Things to Know

  • An eight-time winner at Torrey Pines (seven Farmers Insurance Open titles, one U.S. Open title/2008), Tiger Woods seeks record-breaking 83rd career PGA TOUR victory
  • Justin Rose won the 2019 Farmers Insurance Open for his 10th PGA TOUR title, becoming the winningest player from England since 1945; seeks to become the first back-to-back winner of the event since Tiger Woods (2005-08)
  • Six FedExCup champions in the field: Tiger Woods (2007, 2009), Brandt Snedeker (2012), Billy Horschel (2014), Jordan Spieth (2015), Rory McIlroy (2016, 2019), Justin Rose (2018)
  • 11 of the last 13 Farmers Insurance Open champions have qualified for the FedExCup finale, the TOUR Championship

Field Notes

  • 18 of the top 30 in the current FedExCup standings, led by Sebastian Munoz (3), Lanto Griffin (4), Cameron Smith (5), Rory McIlroy (6), Sungjae Im (7), Joaquin Niemann (8), Cameron Champ (10)
  • Seven players ranked inside the top 15 in the Official World Golf Ranking, led by Rory McIlroy (2), Jon Rahm (3), Tiger Woods (6), Justin Rose (8), Xander Schauffele (9), Patrick Reed (12), Gary Woodland (15)
  • Seven 2019-20 PGA TOUR Season winners: Joaquin Niemann (A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier), Sebastian Munoz (Sanderson Farms Championship), Cameron Champ (Safeway Open), Lanto Griffin (Houston Open), Tiger Woods (The ZOZO Championship), Rory McIlroy (WGC-HSBC Champions), Cameron Smith (Sony Open in Hawaii)
  • Nine Past Farmers Insurance Open champions: Phil Mickelson (1993, 2000, 2001), Tiger Woods (1999, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2013), Nick Watney (2009), Bubba Watson (2011), Brandt Snedeker (2012, 2016), Scott Stallings (2014), Jason Day (2015, 2018), Jon Rahm (2017), Justin Rose (2019)

Justin Rose set to defend 2019 Farmers Insurance Open victory

  • Won 2019 Farmers Insurance Open for 10th PGA TOUR title, becoming the winningest player from England since 1945
  • Seeking to join three players who have won back-to-back at the Farmers Insurance Open: J.C. Snead (1975-76), Phil Mickelson (2000-01), Tiger Woods (2005-08)
  • Became first player since Ben Crane (2010) to win after playing North Course in opening round
  • Became first player since Tiger Woods (2013) to convert 54-hole lead/co-lead at Farmers Insurance Open
  • Will make 11th Farmers Insurance Open start, with three consecutive top-10 finishes (T4/2017, T8/2018, 1st/2019)
  • Finished T28 at the 2019 WGC-HSBC Champions in his only other TOUR start this season
  • Won the 2017-18 FedExCup by a margin of 41 points over Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines

  • Won the 2019 ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP for his 82nd PGA TOUR victory, tying Sam Snead for the most ever on TOUR
  • Has won the Farmers Insurance Open seven times (1999, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2013); only Woods and Phil Mickelson have more than two wins in the event
  • Won the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, when he defeated Rocco Mediate in a playoff to win
  • Only two players have won a single event eight times on TOUR: Sam Snead (Wyndham Championship/8 wins); Tiger Woods (WGC/FedEx St. Jude Invitational/8 wins, Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard/8 wins)
  • Has won four events seven or more times: 8 wins – WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, Arnold Palmer Invitational; 7 wins – Farmers Insurance Open, WGC-Mexico Championship
  • With win at the 2013 Farmers Insurance Open, became the first player in TOUR history to win on the same golf course eight times, including his U.S. Open victory

Most Victories at One Course PGA TOUR All-Time

# of Wins Player Course Years
8 Tiger Woods Torrey Pines GC 1999, 2003, 2005-08, 2013 Farmers; 2008 U.S. Open
8 Tiger Woods Bay Hill Club & Lodge 2000-03, 2008-09, 2012-13 Arnold Palmer Invitational
8 Tiger Woods Firestone CC (South) 1999-2001, 2005-07, 2009, 2013 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Inv.

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson in California

  • Most PGA TOUR wins in California since 1983: 14 – Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods; 7 – Mark O’Meara; 6 – Tom Kite; 4 – Corey Pavin, Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson, Davis Love III)

Phil Mickelson’s TOUR wins in California (14)

Year Tournament_Name
1993 Farmers Insurance Open
1994 Sentry Tournament of Champions
1998 Sentry Tournament of Champions
1998 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
2000 Farmers Insurance Open
2001 Farmers Insurance Open
2002 The American Express
2004 The American Express
2005 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
2007 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
2008 The Genesis Invitational
2009 The Genesis Invitational
2012 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
2019 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Tiger Woods’ TOUR wins in California (14)

Year Tournament_Name
1997 Sentry Tournament of Champions
1999 Farmers Insurance Open
2000 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
2000 U.S. Open
2003 Farmers Insurance Open
2003 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play
2004 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play
2005 Farmers Insurance Open
2005 WGC-Mexico Championship
2006 Farmers Insurance Open
2007 Farmers Insurance Open
2008 Farmers Insurance Open
2008 U.S. Open
2013 Farmers Insurance Open

Additional player notes

  • 2015 and 2018 Farmers Insurance Open champion Jason Day won in 2018 in a six-hole playoff over Alex Noren (Ryan Palmer was eliminated from the playoff after the first hole); the six-hole playoff was the longest in the tournament’s 67-year history and was just the third in the last 50 years of being played at Torrey Pines to last three holes or more
  • Tony Finau has finished inside the top-25 in all five of his starts at the Farmers Insurance Open (T24/2015, T18/2016, T4/2017, T6/2018, T13/2019)
  • Rickie Fowler’s best finish in 10 prior starts at the Farmers Insurance Open was T5 in his inaugural start in 2010
  • Reigning FedExCup champion Rory McIlroy finished T5 last year in his first start at the Farmers Insurance Open
  • Jon Rahm won his first (of three) career PGA TOUR title at the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open
  • A T19 in 2014 marks Jordan Spieth’s best finish in four previous starts at the Farmers Insurance Open; made his professional debut on TOUR at the 2013 Farmers insurance Open

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