Tiger Woods ranked second in driving distance and 28th in putting at the Farmers Insurance Open.
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|Category||Winner: Tiger Woods
|Driving Distance||307.3 (2nd)||Robert Garrigus (310.3 yards)||T6|
|Driving Accuracy||57.14% (T17)||Bryce Molder (78.57%)||T68
|Strokes Gained-Putting||.649 (28th)||Josh Teater (2.736)
|Greens in Regulation||69.44% (T34)||Charles Howell III (79.17%)||T9|
|Proximity to Hole||38' 0" (T49)||Brandt Snedeker (30' 0")||T2|
|Scrambling||59.09% (42nd)||B. Snedeker, N. Watney (77.78%)||T2, T4
WEEKLY PERFORMANCE STATS ARCHIVE
Week 2: Sony Open in Hawaii
Tiger Woods has made a career of making the impossible look routine. He was at it again on the 11th hole Monday as he secured his 75th career PGA TOUR victory, claiming the Farmers Insurance Open by four shots.
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By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
LA JOLLA, Calif. -- All three had varying degrees of satisfaction with the way the Farmers Insurance Open ended.
But there is no denying that Brandt Snedeker, the reigning FedExCup champion, Nick Watney and Josh Teater should all have momentum heading into this week's Waste Management Phoenix Open.
After all, Snedeker and Teater tied for second at Torrey Pines, four strokes behind Tiger Woods, while Watney shared fourth with Jimmy Walker. Of the three, Teater had the best back nine when the pressure was on but when the dust settles, there were positives for each.
Teater's finish was the best of his career, eclipsing the tie for third at the 2010 Turning Stone Resort Championship. The Kentuckian close the 2012 campaign out with three top-10s in his last nine starts and he had a tie for 15th in Hawaii to go along with Monday's career-best.
"It was a good finish," Teater said. "I didn't play my best. Usually I'm a good ball striker, good driver, and I didn't really have that. But I've been working hard on my short game and my putting, and that's what kept me in it this week.
"It was awesome to have a finish like this when you don't really feel like you're playing your best or maybe in the past I've put emphasis in other spots. It just kind of opened my eyes to what I can continue working on. This is my fourth year out here, so it's no fluke that I belong. It's just taking the next step."
Snedeker trailed by six when he returned to attempt an 11-footer at the 14th hole on Monday. His putter let him down, though, there and with an inordinate amount of three-putts for the man who led the TOUR in strokes-gained putting last year.
The 75 Snedeker shot in the second round after owning a share of the first-round lead didn't help, either.
"I was a little disappointed with the way I finished today," said Snedeker, who shot 69 in the final round. "Just didn't roll the ball the way I wanted to all week. Had a good little stretch in my third round, being the fourth round, end of the third round.
"But you've got to roll the ball really well around here, and I didn't do a good job of that in the second round. It's a little frustrating because it's normally something I think I can do well. It was a good last 36 holes, but I've still got a lot of stuff to work on for (the Waste Management Phoenix Open)."
Snedeker was trying to come from seven strokes behind and win for the second straight year. In 2012, he closed with a 67 and was in the media center discussing what appeared to be a second-place finish when Kyle Stanley triple-bogeyed the 72nd hole to let Snedeker into the playoff he won.
"I guess it was a good title defense," Snedeker said. "I'm not really excited about the way I finished. If I had made three birdies going into today, I'd probably be more excited about it. But that's how you judge it is how you finish, and I didn't finish very well, so that's very frustrating.
"But at the beginning of the week if you had told me I'd have a chance on the back nine on Sunday, I probably would have taken it. So it's something to build on."
Watney is also a Farmers Insurance Open champion, winning the tournament in 2009. He trailed Woods by five strokes when he made the turn but stumbled on the back nine, making four bogeys before rolling in a birdie putt on the 72nd hole.
"It was a bit disappointing, but not a bad start, and I'm looking forward to next week," said Watney, who tied for second at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in his other 2013 start. "(My game is) pretty good. You know, today was a bit rocky. I don't know if it was the wind or whatever it was. ... I'm close to doing some good things, and I just want to get a little closer next time."
By Fred Albers, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent
Swing time: Maybe the results influenced my observations, but it appears Tiger Woods’ head and hips are much quieter throughout the golf swing than when I last saw him play at the Ryder Cup. He has always had a very violent golf swing but his rhythm this week at the Farmers Insurance Open near San Diego was wonderful.
Woods’ head remained steady, as opposed to last year when occasional vertical movement caused his golf club to change its plane during the swing. There were some bad drives over the last four holes but some of that is attributed to slow play and loss of concentration. By in large the results were impressive, particularly with his wedge game during his victory on Monday.
Fairways: Woods did not drive the ball well in the final round but he may have won the tournament by avoiding disaster over the first six holes on Sunday. Woods did not hit a single fairway in the first half dozen holes and yet played that stretch in 3 under. If he had faltered at the start of the round, several golfers would have rallied with optimism. Instead, Woods was 3 under through six holes, essentially putting the tournament away.
Strategy: Brandt Snedeker did absolutely the right thing by waiting until Monday to attempt his birdie putt on the 14th hole. The greens were bumpy by late Sunday afternoon and when the horn blew suspending play, Snedeker elected to wait before attempting the birdie. The greens were mowed and rolled overnight and Snedeker had a perfect surface. He missed the birdie putt but it was still the correct strategy. Snedeker led the TOUR in strokes gained-putting last year but can look back at Friday’s round when he took an unseemly 32 putts for the reason he did not successfully defend his championship.
Movers: Rickie Fowler must have had his bags packed and ready to split after an opening-round 77. He proceeded to shoot 65 on Friday, with a birdie on his final hole, to barely make the cut. Fowler then put together weekend rounds of 70-68 to move into a tie for sixth. Aaron Baddeley was another big mover. He made the cut on the number and finished tied for sixth with rounds of 68-69.
Conditions: The greens were much firmer and faster when play resumed on Monday and the course played much harder with 15 mph winds. All that made birdies very hard to attain and for a brutally slow pace of play. Woods struggled with his driver and consequently fired at very few flags. That strategy forced the rest of the field to take chances. Woods knew pars would result in a big win.
Tiger Woods picked up his 75th career PGA TOUR victory, and eighth at Torrey Pines, Monday when he cruised to a four-shot victory at the Farmers Insurance Open. With this victory, Woods ...
• Earns his 75th career PGA TOUR victory at the age of 37 years and 29 days in his 294th (280th professional) career start on TOUR.
• Earns 500 FedExCup points to move to No. 4 the FedExCup standings.
• Moves within seven victories of Sam Snead (82 career wins) on the all-time list. Snead won No. 75 at the age of 43 years, 10 months and 18 days. Woods is currently 37 years and 29 days old.
• Picks up his seventh victory (1999, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2013) in 13 career starts at the Farmers Insurance Open.
• Claims his fourth victory in last 16 starts on TOUR.
• Has won 75 out of 280 (27 percent) professional starts on the PGA TOUR.
• Has now converted 50 of 54 third-round leads/co-leads on TOUR. Has converted his last three third-round leads.
• Wins in his first start of the year on TOUR. Has won his first start of the PGA TOUR season seven times (1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2013). In the previous six seasons he went on to win 37 total events (average 6.16 wins per season). He won a major championship in five of those six years (2003).
• 2013 PGA TOUR tournament summary: Starts: 1; in money: 1; victories: 1; top-10 finishes: 1
Here's a table of Tiger's 75 PGA TOUR victories (14 majors):
|1996||2 -- Las Vegas Invitational, Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic|
|1997||4 -- Mercedes Championships, Masters Tournament, GTE Byron Nelson Classic, Motorola Western Open|
|1998||1 -- BellSouth Classic|
|1999||8 -- Buick Invitational, the Memorial Tournament, Motorola Western Open, 81st PGA Championship, World Golf Championships-NEC Invitational, National Car Rental Golf Classic at Walt Disney World Resort, THE TOUR Championship, World Golf Championships-American Express Championship|
|2000||9 -- Mercedes Championships, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Bay Hill Invitational, the Memorial Tournament, 100th U.S. Open Championship, British Open Championship, 82nd PGA Championship, World Golf Championships-NEC Invitational, Bell Canadian Open|
|2001||5 -- Bay Hill Invitational, THE PLAYERS Championship, Masters Tournament, the Memorial Tournament, World Golf Championships-NEC Invitational|
|2002||5 -- Bay Hill Invitational, Masters, U.S. Open, Buick Open, World Golf Championships-American Express Championship|
|2003||5 -- Buick Invitational, World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, Bay Hill Invitational, 100th Western Open, World Golf Championships-American Express Championship|
|2004||1 -- World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship|
|2005||6 -- Buick Invitational, Ford Championship at Doral, Masters Tournament, British Open Championship, World Golf Championships-NEC Invitational, World Golf Championships-American Express Championship|
|2006||8 -- Buick Invitational, Ford Championship at Doral, British Open Championship, Buick Open, 88th PGA Championship, World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, Deutsche Bank Championship, World Golf Championships-American Express Championship|
|2007||7 -- Buick Invitational, World Golf Championships-CA Championship, Wachovia Championship, World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, PGA Championship, BMW Championship, THE TOUR Championship|
|2008||4 -- Buick Invitational, World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, Arnold Palmer Invitational, U.S. Open|
|2009||6 -- Arnold Palmer Invitational, the Memorial Tournament, AT&T National, Buick Open, World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, BMW Championship|
|2012||3 -- Arnold Palmer Invitational, the Memorial Tournament, AT&T National|
|2013||1 -- Farmers Insurance Open|
Tiger Woods carded an even-par 72 for a four-shot victory at the Farmers Insurance Open on Monday in San Diego.
It was Woods' 75th victory on the PGA TOUR and his seventh at the Farmers.
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By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
LA JOLLA, Calif. -- Tiger Woods won the Farmers Insurance Open by four strokes on Monday, making the tournament the third PGA TOUR event he has won seven times and bringing his career total to 75. The last time Woods played on a Monday at Torrey Pines, he also won the 2008 U.S. Open in a playoff with Rocco Mediate.
Woods was 17 under and leading by six when he returned to play the final 11 holes of his final round. He lengthened that advantage to eight strokes when he birdied the par-5 13th hole but ended up playing his final five holes in 4 over to beat defending champ Brandt Snedeker and Josh Teater by four.
"I played really well," Woods said. "Through 13 today and build myself a nice little lead, made a few mistakes coming home but I had a big enough cush that it was fine."
Woods attributed the stumble on the closing holes -- two bogeys and a double bogey -- to his impatience at the pace of play. His final 11 holes took four hours to complete but at it turns out, he had already made short work of the field.
"I had an eight-shot lead," Woods said. "So just needed to stay upright and I was going to be fine."
With the victory, Woods pulled within eight of the all-time record set by Sam Snead. He has now won his first start on the PGA TOUR seven times and in the other six years went on to win 37 combined events -- as well as a major in five of those years.
"I'm excited with the way I played all week," Woods said. "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."
Following are updates on those final 11 holes.
2:10 p.m. ET -- Woods and his playing partners, Casey Wittenberg and Billy Horschel are waiting on the tee at the eighth hole, a 179-yard par 3, for the group ahead of them to tee off. Meanwhile, Brandt Snedeker attempts his 11-footer for birdie at the 14th hole and misses. He makes par to stay at 11 under, six behind Woods.
2:31 p.m. ET -- Tiger misses his 24-foot birdie putt at the eighth hole but taps in for par to remain at 17 under. Up ahead, Brandt Snedeker is running out of holes -- he missed the green at the par-4 15th and couldn't save par so the defending champ now is in solo third, trailing by seven.
2:40 p.m. ET -- Nick Watney, who won the Farmers Insurance Open in 2009, is now Tiger's closest pursuer. He laid up on the par-5 ninth but managed to convert a 10-footer for birdie to get to 12 under and five off Woods' lead. Of course, Tiger is about to play the same par 5 -- and he leads the field in scoring on those holes.
2:45 p.m. ET -- Woods hit his drive at the ninth hole well left into a fenced off work area. He clears the fans away, takes a free drop and calmly hits his second shot back out into the fairway. He almost holes his third shot but it spins back 28 feet from the cup. The birdie putt skims the right edge of the hole and refuses to fall.
3:01 p.m. ET -- Nick Watney looked shocked, saying "What?" as his second shot at the 10th hole flew the green. He chipped 14 feet past the hole and two-putted for bogey. So Tiger pads his lead even without making birdie at the ninth.
3:15 p.m. ET -- Brandt Snedeker drove into the right fairway bunker at the 18th hole and had to lay up on the par 5. He ended up with a 32-footer for birdie but two-putted for a round of 69 and a 72-hole total of 10 under. In reality, Snedeker's chance for a successful title defense ended when the reigning FedExCup champ followed his opening 65 with a 75.
3:20 p.m. ET -- Tiger missed another fairway at the 10th hole. finding the left fairway bunker. His approach found the green, although it checked up 54 feet from the pin and he ended up two-putting for par. Nick Watney didn't give himself much of a chance at the par-3 11th, where he two-putted from 53 feet, so Woods' lead remains six strokes.
3:32 p.m. ET -- As Tiger Woods waits to tee off on the par-3 11th, Nick Watney bogeys the 12th hole. He hit his drive to the first cut on the left and came up short of the green. He chipped to 9 feet and missed the putt so now he's 10 under and Woods leads by an even more comfortable seven.
3:39 p.m. ET -- The crowd at the 12th hole -- which was able to see this show free of charge -- erupts as Tiger hits a brilliant recovery shot after his approach finds the greenside bunker. He has to stand outside the bunker and bear down on the ball, sending it curving across the green to 11 inches for par.
3:49 p.m. ET -- The wind has definitely picked up as Woods hits his drive to the left side of the fairway at the 12th hole. As he waits in the fairway, Jimmy Walker holes a 53-footer for eagle at the 13th hole to join his playing partner, Nick Watney, and Brandt Snedeker, who is finished, at 10 under. Watney is unable to get up and down from the greenside bunker for birdie, missing a 13-footer that would have given him sole possession of second.
4:02 p.m. ET -- Tiger just missed the green at the 12th hole but chipped to 2 feet for par to preserve his seven-stroke advantage.
4:13 p.m. ET -- Nick Watney has dropped out of that second-place tie after an awkward three-putt from the front of the green, 81 feet from the pin. He ended up missing a 9-footer to remain at 10 under. The bogey was Watney's third on the back nine.
4:20 p.m. ET -- The par 5s continue to be kind to Tiger. He reached the 13th hole in two and two-putted for birdie from 52 feet to move to 18 under and eight strokes ahead of the field. The last time he won by that many was at the 2009 BMW Championship where he beat Jim Furyk and Mark Leishman by that margin.
4:39 p.m. ET -- Tiger makes his first bogey of the final round when he finds the left greenside bunker at the 14th hole. He blasted out to 25 feet but missed by inches to go back to 17 under.
4:58 p.m. ET -- There's more trouble for Woods at the 15th hole where he drives left again. The ball catches a tree and drops down into the hazard andl disappears into the ice plant. He takes his penalty drop outside the fence but will need to shape his third shot around a tree. Not to worry -- Woods' ball settles short of the green. Woods' chip ends up 10 feet short, though, and he ends up two-putting for double bogey. His lead is now five over Brandt Snedeker.
5:16 p.m. ET -- Finally back to pars. Woods comes up just short of the green at the par-3 16th. He chips to a foot for the tap-in par and heads to the last two holes with a comfortable -- if not completely satisfying -- five-shot lead.
5:30 p.m. ET -- Josh Teater birdied the 18th hole to move into a tie for second with Brandt Snedeker -- his career-best on TOUR. Playing partner Nick Watney also made birdie to tie the third member of the threesome, Jimmy Walker, for fourth at 9 under.
5:35 p.m. ET -- The lead is now four after Tiger makes another bogey at the 17th hole. He found the right greenside bunker and blasted out to 16 feet, then had to make a 3-footer to stop the bleeding. Woods has dropped back to 14 under which is where he started the final round.
5:54 p.m. ET -- Woods puts his third shot on the 18th green but even with the crowd exhorting it the ball refuses to feed back toward the hole. He'll have a 24-footer for a final birdie and a seventh win at the Farmers Insurance Open. As he walks up the fairway, Woods doffs his cap and smiles to the crowd.
6:00 p.m. ET -- A tap-in for par after his playing partners hole out and Tiger Woods is the 2013 Farmers Insurance Open champion at Torrey Pines, where he has now won eight times counting the 2008 U.S. Open. The win comes in Woods' season debut on the PGA TOUR and puts him seven wins shy of Sam Snead's all-time total.