Dates: January 20-26, 2014
Where: La Jolla, California
Courses: Torrey Pines Golf Course
South Course (host) Par/Yards: 72/7,698
North Course Par/Yards: 72/7,052
Field size: 156
2013 champion: Tiger Woods
Purse: $6,100,000 ($1,098,000/winner)
FedExCup: 500 points to the winner
Format: 72-hole stroke play
How the Farmers Insurance Open was won by Tiger Woods in 2013
Woods cruised to a four shot victory over Brandt Snedeker and Josh Teater in an unscheduled Monday finish.
With the win, Woods become the first player in TOUR history to win on the same golf course eight times. He has seven victories in the Farmers Insurance Open and one U.S. Open win at Torrey Pines. The event finished on Monday, due to fog delays on Saturday when only two groups were able to tee off.
Woods has never missed a cut in 13 starts at the Farmers Insurance Open.
Through 54 rounds at Torrey Pines, Woods is 51/54 at par-or-better and 47/54 for sub-par rounds. Of his 47 sub-par rounds, 37 have been in the 60s.
Woods has won seven times at the Farmers Insurance Open, and has held the 54-hole lead four times (1999, 2003, 2008 and 2013).
Last year, he played the par-3s in 4-under par, the par-4s in 2-over par and the par-5s in 12-under par.
Last year was the second time that Woods has held the 36-hole lead in the Farmers Insurance Open. In 2008, he led by four after 36 holes, before winning by eight over Ryuji Imada.
Woods’ average winning margin of victory in his seven wins at the Farmers Insurance Open is 3.285
Woods looks to inch closer to the PGA TOUR’s all-time victory total. He is currently second with 79 TOUR wins, just three behind Sam Snead’s 82.
A look at the field
15 of the 30 players that made it to the 2013 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola will play in the Farmers Insurance Open: Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, Graham DeLaet, Phil Mickelson, Brandt Snedeker, Nick Watney, Billy Horschel, Jason Day, Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan, Roberto Castro, Gary Woodland, Bill Haas, Brendon de Jonge, D.A. Points.
19 of the top 50 players in the Official World Golf Rankings: Tiger Woods (1), Phil Mickelson (4), Jason Day (10), Ian Poulter (12), Brandt Snedeker (14), Jordan Spieth (17), Keegan Bradley (22), Hideki Matsuyama (24), Lee Westwood (26), Bill Haas (28), Bubba Watson (30), Victor Dubuisson (31), Jimmy Walker (32), Nick Watney (34), Hunter Mahan (35), Gonzalo Fdez-Castano (36), Graham DeLaet (39), Billy Horschel (40), Jonas Blixt (48).
Jimmy Walker the current FedExCup winner who already has two wins this season (Frys.com Open and Sony Open in Hawaii).
Two of the last three FedExCup champions are in the Farmers Insurance Open field (Brandt Snedeker/2012 and Bill Haas/2011).
Three-time Farmers Insurance Open winner and San Diego native Phil Mickelson has been charged with the re-design of Torrey Pines North Course in 2015.
2012 Masters champion and 2011 Farmers Insurance Open champion Bubba Watson makes his first on TOUR since the WGC-HSBC Champions in November.
Lee Westwood will make his first start at Torrey Pines since the 2008 U.S. Open where he finished third. His only other career start at the Farmers Insurance Open came in 2004 when he missed the cut.
Brandt Snedeker will make his eighth career start in the Farmers Insurance Open. He has five top 10s in his previous seven starts. Snedeker’s finishes: 2007/3, 2008/MC, 2009/T42, 2010:T2, 2011/T9, 2012: Won, 2013: T2.
Hunter Mahan is making his first start of the 2013-14 PGA TOUR Season. He has not played a TOUR event since the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola in September.
2008 U.S. Open runner-up Rocco Mediate is playing as a sponsor exemption.
J.B. Holmes will make his first TOUR start since the 2013 Honda Classic. Holmes has 19 events to earn $580,299 on a Major Medical Extension in 2013-14. He hasn’t played since fracturing his left ankle March 9 while rollerblading with his wife. He finished 31st in the Japan Golf Tour’s Dunlop Phoenix in November in his only worldwide start since the Honda Classic. Holmes missed time in 2011 after having brain surgery in September 2011 to correct structural defects in his cerebellum that had been giving him vertigo-like symptoms.
Structural changes to the PGA TOUR
The Farmers Insurance Open marks the 10th official event of the PGA TOUR’s new wraparound 2013-14 season schedule. In the fall of 2013, four tournaments that formerly made up the Fall Series along with two events being played as official events for the first time were contested, beginning with the Frys.com Open in October and concluding with the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in November. For the first
time, these six events awarded full FedExCup points.
With the addition of six fall events, year eight of the FedExCup consists of 45 events in 43 weeks, including the four FedExCup Playoff events. Only two weeks will have multiple events (WGC-Cadillac Championship/Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational/Reno-Tahoe Open).
Last fall, for the first time, 50 players earned their PGA TOUR cards for the 2013-14 season through the Web.com Tour Regular Season money list and the inaugural Web.com Tour Finals.
Saturday is University Day
Farmers Insurance once again is rewarding school spirit during the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open, encouraging fans and TOUR players to wear their university colors in support of Farmers “University of Farmers” advertising campaign. Fans and TOUR players are encouraged to wear their own university colors in support of Farmers “University of Farmers” advertising campaign. For “extra credit” Farmers will make donations to college golf programs from players posting the best third-round 18-hole scores. The player with the low third-round score will receive $10,000 for his alma mater’s golf team. Any player who wears his school colors on Saturday will have $500 donated in his name to his college’s golf program.