Swing into the Farmers Insurance Open
Forget practicing at the driving range and head out to San Diego to witness
the talent play out at the Farmers Insurance Open. Part of the PGA tour, the open attracts the most skilled of professional
golfers, including the world's No. 1 golfer Tiger Woods. Make sure to snag your Farmers Insurance Open tickets to watch the
best of the best duke it out par for par.
The Farmers Insurance Open is a professional PGA Tour golf
tournament played annually in San Diego, California. Held at the start of the season, the Farmers Insurance Open marks the
beginning of the PGA Tour and the annual "West Coast Swing." The tournament is played at the Torrey Pines Golf Course overlooking
the Pacific Ocean. With both a North Course and South Course, Torrey Pines is considered a challenging course for even the
most experienced players. Both courses play to a Par 72, with the South Course measuring at 7,607 yards and the North Course
totaling 6,874 yards.
Originally called the San Diego Open, the tournament began in 1952. In 1985,
the name of the tournament was changed to reflect the sponsorship of different corporations. In addition to being the San
Diego Open, the tournament has been sponsored by Lehman Brothers, Buick and Isuzu. Finally, in 2010, the Farmers Insurance
group took sponsorship of the tournament and renamed the event. Since 1999, the tournament has been dominated by Tiger Woods,
who has won a record seven times.
Woods last won in 2013 with a 14 under par performance and entered the 2014 tournament
with lofty expectations. Unfortunately, Woods had a less than favorable performance in the tournament and missed the cut with
a round of 79. His performance on the course was highlighted by making a bogey or worse on seven straight holes. With Tiger
Woods down for the count, the Farmers Insurance Open was anyone's tournament to win. In the end, the victory went to the virtually
unknown Scott Stallings, who rallied to win from three strokes down with a birdie putt on the 18th hole. The victory secured
Stallings a total of more than $6 million for his four days of work.
In the course's 62-year history, the tournament
has been won more than once by seven different players. In addition to the seven victories by Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson
is a three-time winner, and there have been five different players who have won the tournament twice.
Even though the course is considered challenging, many players have been able to post low scores because of the beautiful
and balmy San Diego weather. The low round tournament score for the North Course is 61 and was first set in 1990 by Mark Brooks
before being matched in 2007 by Brandt Snedeker. On the South Course, Tiger Woods holds the course record with a 62 set in
his first championship season of 1999. In 1954, the tournament was won by an amateur player named Gene Littler, who went on
to have a Hall of Fame career as a professional golfer.
The Farmers Insurance Open is
regularly recognized as one of the most accessible golf tournaments for fans because spectators are given the opportunity
to get up close and personal with the golfers while watching all the action. If catching a glimpse of the stars is a priority,
officials recommend attending the tournament during the first two rounds when crowds are more sparse. Other tips include bringing
a pair of comfortable shoes for walking from hole to hole and scouting out multiple locations at each hole to watch the action.