Stallings Takes out the Farmers Insurance Open
The Farmers Insurance Open concluded this week with American Scott Stallings taking the honors. Also known as the “West Coast Swing”, the PGA Tour tournament played in the early part of the PGA season each year is held at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, California.
Sitting on coastal cliffs that overlook the Pacific Ocean, the course is one of the most picturesque on the tour and also one of the most challenging. Torrey Pines has two 18-hole courses: North and South. The tournament makes use of both courses for the first two rounds and the South Course for the final two rounds.
Stallings birdied the last hole to claim a one shot victory over five players who tied for second. Using a 4-iron on the final hole, he carefully avoided the water and finished with two putts. The Farmers Insurance Open was the third win of Stalling’s career. With Stallings also winning the True South Classic in 2012 and the Greenbrier Classic in 2011.
In second place were K.J. Choi, Jason Day, Graham DeLaet, Marc Leishman and Stallings’ compatriot Pat Perez. Not only were Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson not featured in the five players finishing second, the two big names did not participate in the final day at all. Relative unknowns winning big tournaments have been a feature on the Tour of late and are leading some to question whether the biggest names in golf are nearing the end of twilight of their careers.