The 2020 Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course. Photo by Chris Stone

The $7.5 million Farmers Insurance Open begins Thursday at Torrey Pines Golf Course, with rain threatening to interrupt Friday’s second round.

Heavy rain is forecast for Friday morning and showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon, according to PGA Tour meteorologist Stewart Williams. Under PGA Tour rules, play would only be stopped if conditions are unplayable, such as water puddling on the greens or if there is lightning in the vicinity.

“The tournament seems to bring out the worst of San Diego weather,” said Scripps Ranch High School graduate Xander Schauffele, who is scheduled to compete.

The rain is not expected until late Thursday so it won’t affect the first round. The tournament continues through Sunday.

The field of 156 includes 24 of the top 50 players in the Official World Golf Ranking, topped by second-ranked Jon Rahm of Spain, who won the tournament in 2017, and Schauffele, who is ranked sixth.

Fourteen players in the field have combined to win 26 major championships, including San Diego native Phil Mickelson, who has won five, and Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy, who have won four each.

Australian Marc Leishman, the defending champion, will seek to become the first back-to-back winner of the event since Tiger Woods won four straight from 2005-08.

American Dustin Johnson, the No. 1-ranked player, is not playing this week to prepare for the European Tour’s Saudi International which begins Feb. 4.

Woods will miss the tournament. He recently underwent a procedure to remove a pressurized disc fragment that was pinching a nerve. He experienced discomfort following the PNC Championship in December.

Spectators may not attend at Torrey Pines this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Since the PGA Tour resumed play in June after a three-month interruption, only two tournaments have allowed fans to attend, the Vivint Houston Open and Bermuda Championship.

This is the 69th consecutive year the PGA Tour has held an event in San Diego County, with 54 of them being played at Torrey Pines. The first two rounds will be played on both the North and South courses.

The field will be reduced to the top 70 players and ties following the conclusion of the second round. The winner will receive $1.35 million.

Play is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. The Golf Channel will provide coverage from noon-4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m.-noon Saturday and Sunday. Coverage also will be streamed on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

CBS will broadcast Saturday’s third round from noon-3 p.m. and Sunday’s final round from noon-3:30 p.m. The CBS coverage also will be streamed on the CBS All-Access subscription service.

Additional coverage will be available on CBSSports.com, the CBS Sports app, and CBS Sports HQ, the 24/7 streaming sports news service.

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