photo courtesy Torrey Pines Golf Course
The PGA Tour heads to Torrey Pines in San Diego, California this weekend, January 23-26, for the 2020 Farmers Insurance Open. The tournament, first contested in 1952, is a favorite on the tour and serves up traditional strategic golf on both the North and South Courses of Torrey Pines’ highly rated facilities. With the South Course set to host the 2021 U.S. Open, this tournament is seen as a dry run for that prestigious tournament. It appears the weather will be pleasant for the golfers, though unpredictable wind will continue to be a factor for the field. Leading the charge will be defending champion Justin Rose.
2019 Champion Justin Rose
English golfer and U.S. Open winner Justin Rose headed into the California sun last year on a good run of form. However, after the first round all eyes were on Spanish golfer Jon Rahm after his first round 62 broke the record for the best single round at the tournament. Still, Rose was only one stroke behind with an opening round 63. And as Rahm slowly faded, Rose continued to strengthen his position heading into the final round where he led the pack. After opening with 3 bogeys on his opening 5 holes, Rose regained his composure and went on to claim the title by 2 strokes over Adam Scott, finishing the tournament at -21 under par.
Rose returns for his first PGA Tour event of 2020, and almost surely will be in contention. However, many other heavy hitters will be teeing off with Rose this weekend. Also making his 2020 debut is Tiger Woods as he chases down his 83rd PGA Tour win to break his tie with Sam Snead as the PGA Tour’s most successful golfer. Woods is a 7-time Farmers Insurance champion and has also won the 2008 U.S. Open hosted by Torrey Pines, so his familiarity with the course should not be in doubt. 2019 FedEx Cup champion Rory McIlroy also makes his 2020 PGA Tour debut, playing in his first event since winning the 2019 WGC-HSBC Champions. Other noted golfers in the field are former champions Jason Day, Brandt Snedeket, Bubba Watson, and Phil Michelson. Last, Jon Rahm looks to finish the job he started last year with his record breaking first round 62 after an incredibly strong past 6 months.
7-time champion Tiger Woods tees off this week. USA TODAY Sports
The Farmers Insurance Open is being televised by both the Golf Channel and CBS. Coverage starts Thursday and Friday on the Golf Channel, 3-7pm ET. Coverage on Saturday starts on the Golf Channel, 2-2:45pm ET, before switching to CBS from 3-6pm ET. Coverage of the final round is Sunday, 1-2:45pm ET on the Golf Channel before finishing up on CBS, 3-6:30pm ET. Streaming coverage is provided by PGA Tour Live offering coverage of both featured groups and featured holes. PGA Tour Radio provides live radio commentary on SiriusXM and streaming online at PGATour.com/liveaudio.