Farmers Insurance Open Golf Tournament

The winners and history of the PGA Tour's San Diego stop

Jason Day poses with the championship trophy after his victory at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines South on February 8, 2015 in La Jolla, California
2015 Farmers Insurance Open champion Jason Day with the tournament trophy. Todd Warshaw/Getty Images

The Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament is the PGA Tour's stop in San Diego, Calif. The event has been played in San Diego since 1952. From 1989 through 2009, it was known as the Buick Invitational. Going farther back it was called the San Diego Open, and entertainer Andy Williams had his name attached for many years when he served as tournament host.

The tournament is a 72-hole, stroke play event that takes place early in the calendar year, usually in late January or early February.

2018 Tournament
Jason Day survived a six-hole playoff to win this tournament for the second time. He previously won it in 2015. Day, Alex Noren and Ryan Palmer all finished 72 holes at 10-under 278. Palmer was eliminated on the first extra hole, but Day and Noren kept going. Finally, on the sixth playoff hole, Day won it with a birdie to Noren's bogey. It was Day's 11th career win on the PGA Tour.

2017 Farmers Insurance Open
John Rahm, 22-year-old rookie from Spain, finished birdie-eagle to win by two strokes. Rahm shot 65 in the final round, finishing at 13-under 275. That was three better than runners-up Charles Howell III and C.T. Pan. It was the first professional win for Rahm, who turned pro in 2016 after a collegiate career at Arizona State University. He was the No. 1-ranked golfer in the World Amateur Rankings at the time he turned pro.

2016 Tournament
Brandt Snedeker finished off much of his final round of 69 before the worst of some truly terrible weather moved in, posted 6-under 282, then waited to see if anyone would catch him.

Nobody did. The final round was suspended, then completed on Monday. And Snedeker turned out to be the only golfer to break par. He finished one ahead of K.J. Choi, who was 4-over in his final round. It was Snedeker's second career win in this tournament and his eighth overall on the PGA Tour.

Official Tournament Web site
PGA Tour tournament site

Tournament Records at the Farmers Insurance Open

  • Scoring, 72 holes: 266 - George Burns, 1987, and Tiger Woods, 1999
  • Scoring, 18 holes: Torrey Pines North Course - 61, Mark Brooks, 1990, and Brandt Snedeker, 2007; Torrey Pines South Course - 62, Tiger Woods, 1999
  • Wins: 7 - Tiger Woods

Farmers Insurance Open Golf Courses

Torrey Pines Golf Course, a 36-hole municipal facility north of San Diego in the suburb of La Jolla, is the host facility for the PGA Tour Farmers Insurance Open. Torrey Pines has hosted the tournament every year since 1968, with rounds split between its North Course and South Course (the South Course always hosts the final round).

Other Courses That Have Hosted
(Courses in San Diego, Calif., unless noted)

  • Mission Valley Country Club, 1955, 1957-61
  • Rancho Bernardo Country Club, 1964
  • Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., 1954
  • San Diego Country Club, 1952-53
  • Singing Hills Country Club, El Cajon, Calif., 1956
  • Stardust Country Club, 1962-63, 1965-67

Farmers Insurance Open Trivia and Notes

  • Tiger Woods has seven wins in the event, and Phil Mickelson is the only other golfer to win more than twice.
  • Hall of Famer Gene Littler is the only golfer to win the tournament as an amateur, doing so in 1954. Littler, a San Diego native, never won as a pro - although he was runnerup three times (1969, 1974, 1978).
  • One of the most memorable years in the tournament's history was 1982, when Johnny Miller outdueled Jack Nicklaus to win by one stroke over the Golden Bear.
  • Tiger Woods (2005-08) won the tournament four straight years. J.C. Snead (1975-76) and Phil Mickelson (2000-01) won back-to-back.
  • In 2007, Brandt Snedeker shot 27 over the back nine of his first round, tied for second-best 9-hole score in tour history. At 9-under par, that score also shares the tour record for most strokes under par for a nine. Snedeker didn't win that year (Woods did), but he did win this tournament in 2012.
  • In 1952, boxing legend Joe Louis became the first African-American to play in the tournament after receiving a sponsor exemption. At the time, the PGA of America banned blacks from membership and its tournaments, and when the PGA heard about the exemption the organization issued a "reminder" of that segregationist policy. According to Louis' son, Louis refused to withdraw, saying, "Let them tell me to my face I can't play." Nobody from the PGA was willing to confront Louis, and he did play the first two rounds.

    Winners of the Farmers Insurance Open Winners

    (Changes in tournament name are noted; a-amateur; p-playoff; w-weather shortened)

    Farmers Insurance Open
    2018 - Jason Day-p, 278
    2017 - John Rahm, 275
    2016 - Brandt Snedeker, 282
    2015 - Jason Day, 279
    2014 - Scott Stallings, 279
    2013 - Tiger Woods, 274
    2012 - Brandt Snedeker-p, 272
    2011 - Bubba Watson, 272
    2010 - Ben Crane, 275

    Buick Invitational
    2009 - Nick Watney, 277
    2008 - Tiger Woods, 269
    2007 - Tiger Woods, 273
    2006 - Tiger Woods-p, 278
    2005 - Tiger Woods, 272
    2004 - John Daly-p, 278
    2003 - Tiger Woods, 272
    2002 - Jose Maria Olazabal
    2001 - Phil Mickelson-p, 269
    2000 - Phil Mickelson, 270
    1999 - Tiger Woods, 266
    1998 - Scott Simpson-p-w, 204
    1997 - Mark O'Meara, 275
    1996 - Davis Love III, 269

    Buick Invitational of California
    1995 - Peter Jacobsen, 269
    1994 - Craig Stadler, 268
    1993 - Phil Mickelson, 278
    1992 - Steve Pate-w, 200

    Shearson Lehman Brothers Open
    1991 - Jay Don Blake, 268

    Shearson Lehman Hutton Open
    1990 - Dan Forsman, 275
    1989 - Greg Twiggs, 271

    Shearson Lehman Hutton Andy Williams Open
    1988 - Steve Pate, 269

    Shearson Lehman Brothers Andy Williams Open
    1987 - George Burns, 266
    1986 - Bob Tway-p-w, 204

    Isuzu/Andy Williams San Diego Open
    1985 - Woody Blackburn-p, 269
    1984 - Gary Koch-p, 272
    1983 - Gary Hallberg, 271

    Wickes/Andy Williams San Diego Open
    1982 - Johnny Miller, 270
    1981 - Bruce Lietzke-p 278

    Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational
    1980 - Tom Watson-p, 275
    1979 - Fuzzy Zoeller, 282
    1978 - Jay Haas, 278
    1977 - Tom Watson, 269
    1976 - J.C. Snead, 272
    1975 - J.C.

    Snead-p, 279
    1974 - Bobby Nichols, 275
    1973 - Bob Dickson, 278
    1972 - Paul Harney, 275
    1971 - George Archer, 272
    1970 - Pete Brown-p, 275
    1969 - Jack Nicklaus, 284
    1968 - Tom Weiskopf, 273

    San Diego Open Invitational
    1967 - Bob Goalby, 269
    1966 - Billy Casper, 268
    1965 - Wes Ellis-p, 267
    1964 - Art Wall, 274
    1963 - Gary Player, 270
    1962 - Tommy Jacobs-p, 277
    1961 - Arnold Palmer-p, 271
    1960 - Mike Souchak, 269
    1959 - Marty Furgol, 274
    1958 - No Tournament
    1957 - Arnold Palmer, 271

    Convair-San Diego Open
    1956 - Bob Rosburg, 270
    1955 - Tommy Bolt, 274

    San Diego Open
    1954 - Gene Littler-a, 274
    1953 - Tommy Bolt, 274
    1952 - Ted Kroll, 276