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PGA - Farmers Insurance Open Preview
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DATES: Thursday, January 24th through Sunday, January 27th
SITE: Torrey Pines Golf Course (North, South Courses), La Jolla, California
COURSE ARCHITECT: William Bell (1957 - both courses),
         Rees Jones (2001 - South Course, redesign)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,698 (South Course)
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 450 Yds10 - Par 4 416 Yds
2 - Par 4 389 Yds11 - Par 3 221 Yds
3 - Par 3 200 Yds12 - Par 4 504 Yds
4 - Par 4 488 Yds13 - Par 5 614 Yds
5 - Par 4 454 Yds14 - Par 4 437 Yds
6 - Par 5 560 Yds15 - Par 4 478 Yds
7 - Par 4 462 Yds16 - Par 3 223 Yds
8 - Par 3 176 Yds17 - Par 4 442 Yds
9 - Par 5 614 Yds18 - Par 5 570 Yds
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Par 36 3,793 YdsPar 36 3,905 Yds
 
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,052 (North Course)
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 519 Yds10 - Par 4 417 Yds
2 - Par 4 329 Yds11 - Par 4 490 Yds
3 - Par 3 184 Yds12 - Par 3 234 Yds
4 - Par 4 434 Yds13 - Par 4 471 Yds
5 - Par 4 411 Yds14 - Par 5 523 Yds
6 - Par 3 208 Yds15 - Par 4 397 Yds
7 - Par 4 399 Yds16 - Par 4 366 Yds
8 - Par 4 436 Yds17 - Par 3 171 Yds
9 - Par 5 547 Yds18 - Par 5 516 Yds
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Par 36 3,467 YdsPar 36 3,585 Yds
 
Annual:  61st
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 3-7 p.m. (et),
  - Thursday/Friday -- 7:30-11:30 p.m. (et) - replay,
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 1-2:30 p.m. (et),
  CBS - Saturday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  Golf Channel - Saturday -- 6:30-11 p.m. (et) - replay,
  CBS - Sunday -- 3-6:30 p.m. (et),
  Golf Channel - Sunday -- 7 p.m.-12 a.m. (et) - replay
Defending Champion:  Brandt Snedeker
Runner-Up:  Kyle Stanley
Tournament Record:  266 (George Burns, 1987; Tiger Woods, 1999)
54-Hole Record:  198 (Woody Blackburn, 1985; Tiger Woods, 2008;
  Kyle Stanley, 2013)
36-Hole Record:  129 (Lennie Clements, 1996; Tom Lehman, 2005)
Course Record:  61 (Mark Brooks, 1990; Brandt Snedeker, 2007 - North Course)
  62 (Tiger Woods, 1999 - South Course)
Total Purse:  $6,100,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,098,000; 2nd Place - $658,800; 3rd Place - $414,800
 
2012 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Brandt Snedeker *272John Huh277
Kyle Stanley272Hunter Mahan277
John Rollins274Five players at278
Bill Haas276
Cameron Tringale276

* - Won in Playoff

 
Past Farmers Insurance Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012*Brandt Snedeker (272) -- Kyle Stanley
2011Bubba Watson (272) -- Phil Mickelson
2010Ben Crane (275) -- Marc Leishman, Michael Sim, Brandt Snedeker
2009Nick Watney (277) -- John Rollins
2008Tiger Woods (269) -- Ryuji Imada
2007Tiger Woods (273) -- Charles Howell III
2006*Tiger Woods (278) -- Nathan Green, Jose Maria Olazabal
2005Tiger Woods (272) -- Luke Donald, Charles Howell III, Tom Lehman
2004*John Daly (278) -- Luke Donald, Chris Riley
2003Tiger Woods (272) -- Carl Pettersson
2002Jose Maria Olazabal (276) -- J.L. Lewis, Mark O'Meara
2001*Phil Mickelson (269) -- Frank Lickliter, Davis Love III
2000Phil Mickelson (270) -- Tiger Woods, Shigeki Maruyama
1999Tiger Woods (266) -- Billy Ray Brown
1998#*Scott Simpson (204) -- Skip Kendall
1997Mark O'Meara (275) -- Donnie Hammond, David Ogrin, Mike Hulbert,
Lee Janzen, Jesper Parnevik, Craig Stadler,
Duffy Waldorf
1996Davis Love III (269) -- Phil Mickelson
1995Peter Jacobsen (269) -- Mark Calcavecchia, Mike Hulbert, Hal Sutton,
Kirk Triplett
1994Craig Stadler (268) -- Steve Lowery
1993Phil Mickelson (278) -- Dave Rummells
1992#Steve Pate (200) -- Chip Beck
1991Jay Don Blake (268) -- Bill Sander
1990Dan Forsman (275) -- Tommy Armour III
1989Greg Twiggs (271) -- Steve Elkington, Brad Faxon, Mark O'Meara,
Mark Wiebe
1988Steve Pate (269) -- Jay Haas
1987George Burns (266) -- J.C. Snead, Bobby Wadkins
1986*#Bob Tway (204) -- Bernhard Langer
1985*Woody Blackburn (269) -- Ron Streck
1984*Gary Koch (272) -- Gary Hallberg
1983Gary Hallberg (271) -- Tom Kite
1982Johnny Miller (270) -- Jack Nicklaus
1981*Bruce Lietzke (278) -- Ray Floyd, Tom Jenkins
1980*Tom Watson (275) -- D.A. Weibring
1979Fuzzy Zoeller (282) -- Bill Kratzert, Wayne Levi, Artie McNickle,
Tom Watson
1978Jay Haas (278) -- Andy Bean, Gene Littler, John Schroeder
1977Tom Watson (269) -- Larry Nelson, John Schroeder
1976J.C. Snead (272) -- Don Bies
1975*J.C. Snead (279) -- Bobby Nichols, Ray Floyd
1974Bobby Nichols (275) -- Rod Curl, Gene Littler
1973Bob Dickson (278) -- Billy Casper, Bruce Crampton, Grier Jones,
Phil Rodgers
1972Paul Harney (275) -- Hale Irwin
1971George Archer (272) -- Dave Eichelberger
1970*Pete Brown (275) -- Tony Jacklin
1969Jack Nicklaus (284) -- Gene Littler
1968Tom Weiskopf (273) -- Al Geiberger
1967Bob Goalby (269) -- Gay Brewer
1966Billy Casper (268) -- Tommy Aaron, Tom Weiskopf
1965*Wes Ellis (267) -- Billy Casper
1964Art Wall (274) -- Tony Lema, Bob Rosburg
1963Gary Player (270) -- Tony Lema
1962*Tommy Jacobs (277) -- Johnny Pott
1961*Arnold Palmer (271) -- Al Balding
1960Mike Souchak (269) -- Johnny Pott
1959Marty Furgol (274) -- Joe Campbell, Billy Casper, Dave Ragan,
Mike Souchak, Bo Wininger
1958Not Held
1957Arnold Palmer (271) -- Al Balding
1956Bob Rosburg (270) -- Dick Mayer
1955Tommy Bolt (274) -- Johnny Palmer
1954@Gene Littler (274) -- E.J. Harrison
1953Tommy Bolt (274) -- Doug Ford
1952Ted Krol (276) -- Jimmy Demaret

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened

@ - Amateur

Note:Formerly called Buick Invitational (1996-2009), Buick Invitational of
California (1992-95), Shearson Lehman Brothers Open (1991), Shearson Lehman Hutton Open (1989-90), Shearson Lehman Hutton Andy Williams Open (1988), Shearson Lehman Brothers Andy Williams Open (1986-87), Isuzu/Andy Williams San Diego Open (1983-85), Wickes/Andy Williams San Diego Open (1981-82), Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational (1968-80), San Diego Open Invitational (1957-67), Convair-San Diego Open (1955-56) and San Diego Open (1952-54).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2003200420052006200720082009201020112012
Brandt Snedeker------------3rdmcT-42T-2T-9Won
Kyle Stanley------------------------T-512nd
Bill Haas------T-18mcT-20T-29T-11T-37T-9T-4
Hunter Mahan---mcmcmcT-56T-29T-11T-27T-6T-6
D.A. Points------mcT-35------T-68T-95thT-8
Bubba Watson---------T-56T-4T-47T-7mcWonT-13
Rickie Fowler---------------------T-5T-20T-13
Keegan Bradley------------------------T-25T-22
Camilo Villegas---------mcmcT-13T-3---T-44T-22
Dustin Johnson---------------T-37T-19mcT-3T-43
Charles Howell IIIT-7T-66T-2T-392ndT-13T-42T-9T-14T-43
Jhonattan Vegas------------------------T-3T-60
Nick Watney------mcT-49T-9mcWonT-9T-6T-60
Phil MickelsonT-4T-4T-56T-8T-51T-6T-4219th2ndmc
Ben CraneT-13------wd---T-67T-7WonT-14mc
Tiger WoodsWonT-10WonWonWonWon------T-44---
John Daly---WonT-72T-63mcmc---mcT-65---
David Lingmerth------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Bubba Watson
Darkhorse - Charles Howell III
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Brandt Snedeker) - Finished tied for 23rd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Tim Clark) - Missed the cut
 
NOTES:The PGA Tour remains in California for the second straight week
for the Farmers Insurance Open in La Jolla. Seven of the top-22 players in the world are in the field - six-time champion Tiger Woods (2), defending champion Brandt Snedeker (8), 2011 champion Bubba Watson (9), Keegan Bradley (12), Dustin Johnson (14), Nick Watney (21) and 3-time champion Phil Mickelson (22).

Woods is playing for the first time this season on the PGA Tour. He missed the cut last week at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on the European Tour in his first event of 2013. Woods has dominated this event since 1998, posting 11 consecutive top-10 finishes from 1998-2008. In his 12 appearances, Woods has six wins, a second, third, fourth, fifth and 10th-place finish and ranks as the all-time money winner ($5,747,096). Woods has posted 32 of his 45 rounds in the 60s.

Woods is the only six-time champion, while Mickelson is the only other three- time winner. Woods (2005-08) is the only player to win four consecutive years. Mickelson (2000-01) and J.C. Snead (1975-76) are the only other players to win in back-to-back years. Mickelson also has a fantastic record, finishing first three times (1993, 2000-01), second in 1996 and 2011, third in 1994, fourth (2003-04), sixth in 2008 and eighth in 2006.

This is the 46th year that Torrey Pines has hosted this event, dating back to 1968. The tournament began in 1952 as the San Diego Open and was held at San Diego Country Club. Prior to the development of the courses, the land was used as a WWII training center for the Army, called Camp Callen.

The final two rounds will be played on the South Course, after alternating rounds on both courses Thursday and Friday. The South Course underwent a redesign by Rees Jones in 2001-02, adding over 500 yards to the course.

Last year, Snedeker stunned Kyle Stanley with a par on the second playoff hole to win. Snedeker fired rounds of 67-64-74-67 to finish at 16-under-par 272 with Stanley. He seemingly was headed to a runner-up finish, but Stanley spun his third shot to the par-5 18th in the final round back into the water and that led to a triple-bogey, which closed a round of 2-over 74. Stanley lost his three-stroke lead, and lost in extra holes to Snedeker.

In 2008, Woods fired rounds of 67-65-66-71 and cruised to an eight-shot victory over Ryuji Imada. It was the fourth straight win for Woods at this event and sixth overall. It was the ninth time in his career that he won by at least eight shots. Woods finished at 19-under-par 269 and became the only player to win a tournament four straight years at two events, having also accomplished the feat at Bay Hill. Woods also won at Torrey Pines again in June of 2008 at the U.S. Open in a thrilling playoff over Rocco Mediate.

Woods fired a 6-under 66 in the final round in 2007 to win. Woods finished the tournament at 15-under-par 273 for a two-shot win over Charles Howell III. The win in 2007 was his seventh straight on the PGA Tour, the second best streak in history. Byron Nelson won 11 consecutive events in 1945. Woods' streak would come to an end at the WGC-Accenture Match Play in his next tournament.

In 2004, John Daly recorded his first win in almost nine years on the PGA Tour when he defeated Luke Donald and Chris Riley in a playoff. Daly, who had failed to title since the 1995 British Open, hit a tremendous shot out of a greenside bunker on the 18th hole to within inches on the first playoff hole and tapped in for birdie and the win, his fifth on the PGA Tour. Daly went 189 starts and eight years, six months, and 22 days between PGA Tour wins.

Gene Littler is the only amateur to win this tournament (1954). Two-time winners are: Tommy Bolt (1953, 55), Arnold Palmer (1957, 61), J.C. Snead (1975-76), Tom Watson (1977, 80) and Steve Pate (1988, 92).

Dating back to 1954, 16 players with California connections have won 24 Farmers Insurance Opens. Fifteen of the last 21 champions have been born, raised, gone to school or were living in California.

The PGA Tour continues its western swing next week, as Kyle Stanley defends the title he won last year at the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale.

01/22 15:03:40 ET

As of January 22, 2013, at 03:03 PM ET