2013 Farmers Insurance Open pre-tournament notes
- South Course (host) Par/Yards: 72/7,568
- North Course Par/Yards: 72/6,874
Field size: 156
2012 champion: Brandt Snedeker
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 Brandt Snedeker in 2012
Entering the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open, Brandt Snedeker was seven shots behind leader Kyle Stanley.
Overall, Stanley had a five-shot lead entering the final round, he led by seven shots over the field early in the final round, and had a three-shot lead on the 18th tee.
On the final hole, Stanley’s approach shot from 77¬yards rolled back into the front water hazard resulting in a triple-bogey and a playoff with Snedeker.
Snedeker defeated Kyle Stanley with a par-3 on the second playoff hole (No. 16). Stanley lost the playoff when his 5-foot par putt hit the right edge of the cup and lipped out.
Brandt Snedeker at the 2012 Farmers Insurance Open
Snedeker recorded his third straight top 10 at the Farmers Insurance Open and fourth overall in six career starts (3rd/2007, T2/2010, T9/2011).
Snedeker’s scoring breakdown during the week: par-3s (even-par), par-4s (5-under), par-5s (12-under).
Comebacks and sudden-death in 2012
The 2012 PGA TOUR season featured six winners that came back from at least six strokes back in the final round to win: 8 Kyle Stanley/Waste Management Phoenix Open
7 Brandt Snedeker/Farmers Insurance Open
7 John Huh/Mayakoba Golf Classic
7 Tommy Gainey/McGladrey Classic
6 Phil Mickelson/AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
6 Marc Leishman/Travelers Championship
In 2011, Snedeker came from six strokes behind Luke Donald to win the RBC Heritage. Snedeker went on to defeat Luke Donald on the third playoff hole (No. 18) with a par-4.
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 arere 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 $15,000 for his alma mater’s golf team while the second best score will receive $10,000. Any player who wears his school colors on Saturday will have $500 donated in his name to his college’s golf program.
A look at the field
- John Huh (2012)
- Keegan Bradley (2011)
- Rickie Fowler (2010)
- Marc Leishman (2009)
- Andres Romero (2008)
- Brandt Snedeker (2007)
- Trevor Immelman (2006)
- Sean O’Hair (2005).
2013 PGA TOUR Storylines Structural changes to the PGA TOUR
- Nicolas Colsaerts – Belgium’s first-ever PGA TOUR member played for the European squad at the 2012 Ryder Cup. Colsaerts makes his first TOUR start as a member at the Farmers Insurance Open.
- Scott Langley—The 2010 NCAA champion at the University of Illinois, the left-hander is the first former participant of The First Tee program to earn a PGA TOUR card. Finished tied for third at the Sony Open in Hawaii.
- Luke List – Vanderbilt graduate finished No. 1 on the Web.com Tour in Driving Distance Average (324.0 yards) last year and earned first career victory at the South Georgia Classic
- James Hahn—Web.com Tour graduate considered quitting the game last year before rallying to finish No. 5 on the money list with a victory at the Rex Hospital Open. Former Cal golfer worked for an advertising agency in his hometown of Alameda, Calif., earned his realtor’s license and sold shoes at Nordstrom while pursuing his dream of playing the PGA TOUR.
- Luke Guthrie—After earning a combined $695,265 in 15 PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour events during his “summer break” in 2012, the Web.com Tour graduate went back to the University Illinois in the fall for the final 13 credits for his degree in Business Management. Brother Zach stepped down as an assistant coach at University of Illinois to caddie for Luke full-time in 2013.
- Patrick Reed—Successfully Monday qualified six times on the PGA TOUR in 2012.
- Erik Meierdierks—Father passed away less than one week before the first stage of the 2012 PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament, but Erik managed to negotiate all three stages to earn his TOUR card. Did not play collegiate golf while attending Michigan State University.
Progression of young stars on the PGA Tour
Top players playing and winning on the PGA TOUR
Source: PGA Tour