The PGA Tour’s annual spotlight on San Diego will shine again on Feb. 5-8, 2015, at the Farmers Insurance Open at scenic Torrey Pines.
Held in San Diego and at Torrey since 1952, the PGA’s annual stop is part of the Tour’s West Coast swing. The tournament falls between the Waste Management Phoenix Open in Scottsdale and the AT &T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in Pebble Beach.
Highlights of the Torrey tourney: warm weather, a world-class course and the regular presence of such Tour stars as Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods. Woods is a seven-time winner of the event besides being the winner of the iconic 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. Whether it’s to golf star gaze or spy a glimpse of a migrating whale, there are many great reasons to “See You at Torrey,” as the ad slogan says.
The tournament utilizes all of Torrey’s 36 holes. Play the first two days is held on both the North and South courses and moves exclusively to the South for the weekend.
Last year’s champion, Scott Stallings, emerged from a crowded field of Sunday challengers to capture the crown by one shot. Defending champion Woods missed the secondary cut, the precursor of a year he’d miss much of recovering from back surgery. Local favorite Mickelson ended up withdrawing for the weekend from the 2014 tournament with back pain. It’s anticipated both with return healthy for the 2015 event.
Tournament week begins with practice rounds starting Feb. 2 that are free and open to the public. Wednesday is Preview Day for the tournament. The Zurich pro-am will be taking place. The tournament begins on Thursday and will introduce two new changes of note for fans:
– For security reasons, the main entrance has been moved from near the practice putting greens to near the Glider Port.
– A new post-round concert series begins.
The post-round concerts will take place inside The Fringe presented by Harrah’s Resort SoCal and will be located behind the 15th green of the South Course.
On Thurs., Fri. and Sat., entertainment will begin after play has finished on No. 15 (3-3:30 p.m. w/out delays) and continue until sundown (5:15-5:30 p.m.)
The University Day Challenge and University Day will also return on Friday and Saturday. On Friday, Tour players with the support their alma mater’s mascots by competing in a glass-breaking competition on the North Course. The winner will have $10,000 donated to their alma mater’s golf team.
Competitors and patrons are encouraged to sport the colors of their college on Saturday.