2016 Farmers Insurance Open
(The 11th of 45 events in the PGA TOUR Season)
San Diego, Calif. Jan. 23-29, 2017 Purse: $6,700,000 ($1,206,000 to the winner)
Torrey Pines Golf Course
South Course (Host)
Second-Round Notes – Friday, January 27, 2017
Weather: Mostly sunny. High of 58. Winds NW 8-15 mph.
36-hole cut: 79 players at even-par 144 from a field of 156 professionals. Because more than 78 players made the 36-hole cut, a 54-hole cut will reduce the field to low-70 and ties.
Justin Rose opened with his lowest score in 23 rounds at the Farmers Insurance Open, a 7-under 65 which included six birdies, two eagles and three bogeys. He followed that up with a 1-under 71 in the second round on the South Course at Torrey Pines. Rose’s 8-under-par 136 total puts him one-stroke ahead of Canada’s Adam Hadwin and defending champion Brandt Snedeker, who he was grouped with for the first two rounds.
Rose has led/co-led 11 times after 36 holes of a PGA TOUR event entering this week and has converted for the win twice (2010 Quicken Loans National and 2011 BMW Championship). His most recent second-round lead/co-lead was the 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard, where he finished runner-up.
A competitor who played the North Course in the first round has not won the tournament since 2010 (Ben Crane). The last six winners all started the tournament playing the South Course.
In seven previous starts at the Farmers Insurance Open, Rose has never finished inside the top 20. His best finish is a T22 in 2010 and he missed the cut in his last two starts (2015, 2016).
In his lone start of the 2016-17 PGA TOUR season, Rose finished runner-up in the Sony Open in Hawaii. Despite rounds of 66-64-66-64, he finished seven strokes behind winner Justin Thomas.
Last season marked Rose’s first winless season on the PGA TOUR since 2009. The Olympic Gold medalist posted a third-place finish at the 2016 Wells Fargo Championship, his best showing in an official PGA TOUR start in 2015-16.
Rose is in search of his eighth career PGA TOUR victory and first since the 2015 Zurich Classic of New Orleans. He has never won wire-to-wire on TOUR, meaning Rose has never held the outright lead after the completion of each round.
Rose’s third-round scoring average is 71.75. He has only broken par once in four attempts in the round following the 36-hole cut (70 – 2012).
Second-round Lead Notes
Since 2000, the only two players to convert a 36-hole lead/co-lead into victory at the Farmers Insurance Open have been Phil Mickelson (2000, 2001) and Tiger Woods (2008, 2013).
Through 10 events in the 2016-17 PGA TOUR Season, seven players have carried a second-round lead/co-lead on to victory: Justin Thomas (CIMB Classic), Hideki Matsuyama (WGC-HSBC Champions), Rod Pampling (Shriners Hospitals for Children Open), Mackenzie Hughes (The RSM Classic), Justin Thomas (SBS Tournament of Champions, Sony Open in Hawaii) and Hudson Swafford (CareerBuilder Challenge).
Defending champion Brandt Snedeker made up ground on Friday with a 3-under-par 69 that included six birdies and three bogeys. Snedeker played alongside 36-hole leader Justin Rose the first two rounds and was three back after a first round 4-under 68 on the North Course.
Snedeker has come from behind on the weekend in six of his eight TOUR wins. In this event, he has never led/co-led after 36 holes in either of his two victories at Torrey Pines.
The last player to successfully defend his title at the Farmers Insurance Open was Tiger Woods (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008).
In 16 rounds played on the weekend at the Farmers Insurance Open, Snedeker has recorded just four rounds over par. His third-round scoring average is 71.13.
Only two players have won three or more Farmers Insurance Open titles in the 54-year history of the tournament (Phil Mickelson – 1993, 2000, 2001; Tiger Woods – 1999, 2003, 2005-08, 2013).
Entering this week, Snedeker was 52-under-par at the Farmers Insurance Open dating to 2010.
Players Most under par since 2010
Score to Par
Charles Howell III
A week after he became the eighth different player to shoot a sub-60 score on the PGA TOUR (59/R3/CareerBuilder Challenge), Canada’s Adam Hadwin posted seven birdies and one bogey on the South Course for a 6-under 66.
Of the nine sub-60 rounds on the PGA TOUR, only four times did the player go on to win. No player has shot a sub-60 and won their next event. (Note: Justin Thomas has not played since the Sony Open in Hawaii, site of his 59).
Hadwin, who has multiple wins on the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada and the Web.com Tour, has yet to win on the PGA TOUR. Last week’s runner-up at the CareerBuilder Challenge was Hadwin’s best finish on the PGA TOUR. The Farmers Insurance Open has not produced a first-time winner since 1991 (Jay Don Blake).
In his second appearance at the Farmers Insurance Open, Ollie Schniederjans is one off the lead heading into the weekend after a second-round 3-under 69 on the North Course. After three bogeys in his first four holes, the 23-year-old from Alpharetta, Georgia six birdies coming in to post his second consecutive 69.
In six starts on TOUR this season, Schniederjans has made six cuts and recorded one top 10 (T6 – The RSM Classic). The tie for sixth in Sea Island, Georgia is his best showing on TOUR in 20 attempts.
Last year, Schniederjans played on the Web.com Tour where he captured his first win as a professional. The second-year pro rolled in an 18-foot birdie-bid on the second playoff hole of the Air Capital Classic to defeat TOUR rookie J.J. Spaun and amateur Collin Morikawa. Earlier in the season, he lost in sudden death to Brad Fritsch at the Servientrega Championship Presented by Efecty, in Cartagena, Colombia.
As an amateur, he ascended to No. 1 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings in June of 2014 and held that position through the summer and fall. Schniederjans was also named ACC Player of the Year both as a junior and senior at Georgia Tech and became the sixth player in conference history to repeat.
Making his first start in an official PGA TOUR event for the first time since the 2015 Wyndham Championship (T10), Tiger Woods missed the 36-hole cut at the Farmers Insurance Open after 76-72—148 total to finish four over. This is the first-time Woods has failed to play the weekend at Torrey Pines in 16 attempts.
Friday’s 72 marked the first-time Woods has carded a round of par or worse on the North Course.
Additional Player Notes
Keegan rebounded from a double-bogey in the par-4 fourth hole with two consecutive birdies. He added three more birdies coming in for a 3-under 69. His 6-under 138 total puts him two back of Rose heading into the weekend.
Bradley is in search of his fourth TOUR win and first since the 2012 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Beau Hossler followed a 5-under 67 on the North Course with a 3-over 75 on the South Course. At 2-under 142, he will head into the weekend trailing Justin Rose by six strokes.
World No. 1 Jason Day, playing with Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson, carded a second-round 3-over 74 after a 1-over 73 on the South Course Thursday. Since his win in 2015, Day has yet to post a sub-par score at Torrey Pines and has missed the cut two years in a row.
Three-time Farmers Insurance Open winner Phil Mickelson posted 71-72—143 and will play the weekend at the Farmers Insurance Open for the first time since 2013. Mickelson enters the weekend seven back of Rose.
North Course 70.756 71.805
South Course 73.615 74.013
Hardest (North) – Par-4, No. 2 (4.377) Easiest (North) – Par-5, No. 17 (4.468)
Hardest (South) – Par-4, No. 12 (4.474) Easiest (South) – Par-5, No. 6 (4.936)
R1 – Beau Hossler (67), Gary Woodland (67).
R2 – Tony Finau (68), J.J. Spaun (69), Luca Glover (70).
Notable Tournament Records
- There are only three international players to win the Farmers Insurance Open: Gary Player (1963), Jose Maria Olazabal (2002) and Jason Day (2015).
- The largest final round come-from-behind win at the Farmers Insurance Open is eight shots by Scott Simpson in 1998.
- Since 2000, only four players have carried the 54-hole lead on to victory at the Farmers Insurance Open. Phil Mickelson in 2000, Tiger Woods in 2003 and 2008 and John Daly in 2004.
- Dating to 1997, only eight players have recorded all four rounds in the 60s at the Farmers Insurance Open. Most recently, Jhonattan Vegas and Phil Mickelson performed this feat in 2011, which was the first time since 2001 (Frank Lickliter II, Mike Weir, Jay Don Blake and Shigeki Maruyama). The other two players were Billy Ray Brown and Bill Glasson in 1999.