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.

2020 Tournament

  • When: Jan. 23-26, 2020
  • Where: Torrey Pines Golf Course (South) in San Diego, Calif.

2019 Tournament

Justin Rose had a 63 in the first round and never looked back en route to a two-stroke victory. With a closing 69, Rose finished at 20-under 267. The runner-up with Adam Scott. It was the 10th career PGA Tour win for Rose.

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.

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
2019 - Justin Rose, 267

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