Tiger Woods won the fog-delayed Farmers Insurance Open by four strokes at Torrey Pines, the American's record eighth victory at the San Diego course. No other player has won eight PGA Tour events on one course.
SAN DIEGO — Tiger Woods was so good for so long at Torrey Pines that it didn’t matter how mediocre he looked at the end.
In a finish fitting for such a long and exasperating event, Woods built an eight-shot lead with five holes to play Monday until he lost patience with the slow pace of play in front of him and started losing shots.
Despite two bogeys and a double bogey in the final hour, he closed with an even-par 72 for a four-stroke victory in the Farmers Insurance Open.
Woods won this tournament for the seventh time, and he set a PGA Tour record by winning at Torrey Pines for the eighth time, including his 2008 U.S. Open. Woods also has won seven times at Bay Hill and at Firestone.
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No other PGA Tour golfer has won on one course more than seven times.
Torrey Pines is a public course he has turned into his private domain.
“I’m excited the way I played all week,” the 37-year-old Woods said. “I hit the ball well — pretty much did everything well and built myself a nice little cushion. I had some mistakes at the end, but all my good play before that allowed me to afford those mistakes.”
Woods won for the 75th time in his PGA Tour career, seven behind the record held by fellow American Sam Snead.
It was the 23rd time Woods has won by at least four strokes on the Tour.
Woods had a 14-under 274 total and earned $1.098 million for the victory.
Defending champion Brandt Snedeker (69) and Josh Teater (69) tied for second place.
It was a powerful statement for Woods, who was coming off a missed cut last week in Abu Dhabi.
Thick fog Saturday yielded the first Monday finish in the history of this tournament. Woods effectively won the title during his 25 holes Sunday, when he turned a two-shot lead into a six-shot margin with 11 holes to play.
It took Woods about 3 hours, 45 minutes to finish his 11 holes Monday. His 19-hole victory over Rocco Mediate in the ’08 U.S. Open playoff at Torrey Pines was completed in about 4 ½ hours.
“It got a little ugly toward the end,” Woods said of Monday’s action.
“I started losing patience a little bit with the slow play. I lost my concentration a little bit.”
Florida resident Woods won for the 14th time in California, the state where he grew up.
“I think a win always makes it special, especially the way I played,” Woods said. “To have not won would have been something else because I really played well. Playing the way I did for most of this tournament, until the very end, the last five holes, I felt like I should have won this tournament. I put myself in a position where I had a big-enough lead, and that’s basically how I felt like I played this week.”
Woods is not likely to return to competition until the Accenture Match Play Championship, which starts Feb. 20 in Marana, Ariz.
“I’m excited about this year,” he said. “I’m excited about what I’m doing with Sean (Foley, swing coach) and some of the things that I’ve built.”