Snedeker defies brutal weather to claim Farmers win

Brandt Snedeker won the weather affected Farmers Insurance Open as his closest pursuers struggled in the brutal conditions at Torrey Pines Golf Course in California.

Snedeker carded a 3-under-par 69 on Sunday, completing his round just before play was halted for the day due to unplayable conditions.

Not long after Snedeker finished, the final round was suspended for the third and final time because of unplayable conditions. He was one stroke behind on-course leader Jimmy Walker.

The wind was so fierce that the South Course was evacuated as the gusts started to push out windows in tents.

“It’s like playing a British Open on a US Open setup,” Snedeker said.

“This course is so tough. It’s blowing 25 mph, gusting out there and windy and rainy conditions. It’s really tough. I wish I could say why I shot what I shot today. It was one of those days where you throw everything out of your mind and go play golf and grind as best as you possibly could.”

The rest of the field was not able to match the score posted by Snedeker, who finished at 6-under for his eighth career victory on the PGA Tour. Walker closed his remaining 8 holes to finish three shots back in a tie for fourth.

K.J.Choi finished second a stroke behind Snedeker with American Kevin Streelman in third position at 4-under.

Snedeker started the final round six shots out of the lead. He won at Torrey Pines in 2012 by coming from seven shots in the final round, needing help from a triple bogey by Kyle Stanley on the final hole to beat him in a playoff.

“To shoot 69 on a day like today, I knew I had to have a forecast like this to have a chance,” Snedeker said.

“Everything worked out perfectly for me. You cannot make up the extreme events that had to happen for me to have this chance. They all fell in line for me perfectly. I hate watching this stuff because I am in no control.”

Aaron Baddeley finished the best of the Aussies in a tie for 8th position at 1 under, with Matt Jones the next best in a tie for 31st at 4-over.

In his maiden professional start Ryan Ruffels finished in a tie for 43rd position at 5-over.