Woods wins 75th PGA Tour victory at Farmers
Tiger Woods finished with a total of 14-under at the Farmers Insurance Open, four ahead of Brandt Snedeker and Josh Teater who tied for second at 10-under, to secure his 75th victory on the PGA Tour.
Woods delivered a vintage performance amidst the fog that plagued the event, causing the fourth round to stretch into Monday.
Tiger Woods (Credit: Getty Images)
Woods had a six-shot lead with eleven holes to play when he returned Monday and no one got close. Woods had then stretched his lead to eight shots before dropping four shots over the last five holes to finish at four-over par.
“It got a little ugly toward the end,” Woods said.
“I started losing patience a little bit with the slow play. I lost my concentration a little bit.”
The victory leaves him seven behind Sam Snead’s record of 82 PGA Tour titles.
The 37-year-old Woods began his 2013 campaign in Abu Dhabi last week but failed to make the cut after being penalised for incorrectly taking a drop during the second round.
This week Woods ruled at Torrey Pines, a venue he has won at eight times including the 2008 US Open when he defeated Rocco Mediate in a 19-hole playoff.
“I’m excited with the way I played all week,” said Woods.
“I hit the ball well, pretty much did everything well this week and built myself a nice little cushion. I had some mistakes at the end but all my good play before that really allowed me to afford those mistakes.”
This was also Woods’ fourth victory in his past 16 PGA Tour starts.
Woods has put to bed any doubters about his game when he showed last year that he’s quite capable of winning again, even against the new wave of young talent on the tour. He won three times in 2012.
Winning another major championship to add to his fourteen championships is the next step in his return, though.
“I’m excited about this year,” said Woods, who refined his new swing with coach Sean Foley and worked hard on his short game during the offseason.
“I was excited about what I did last year, winning three times. And I felt really good about what we’re working on. Does it feel good? Yes. Does it give me confidence? Absolutely. This was a nice way to start the year.”
Australians Aaron Baddeley (-8) and Jason Day (-7) had top-10 finishes with Day shooting a final-round six-under-par 66, the best of the round. John Senden (-4) and Scott Gardiner (+3) rounded out the Australian contingent.
What’s In The Bag
- Driver: Nike VR Tour 8.5-degree (Graphite Design DI 6X)
- Fairway Wood: Nike VR Pro Limited Edition 3-wood/15-degree and Nike SQ II 5-wood/19-degree
- Irons: Nike VR Pro Blade (3-PW)
- Wedges: Nike VR Pro 56-degree and 60-degree
- Putter: Nike Method 001
- Ball: Nike ONE Tour D
- Footwear: Nike TW’13
- Apparel: Nike Golf Tiger Woods Collection