Archive: Look back at Tiger Woods' victories at Torrey PinesJanuary 28, 2013
Tiger Woods has won at Torrey Pines a record seven times. Six of those wins came at the Farmers Insurance Open. As he attemps to make it a record eight wins, look back at his impressive Torrey Pines record.
1999 Buick Invitational win
It had been nine months since his last win and all the pre-tournament talk was about Tiger Woods' "slump." And it didn’t end when he made the cut by two shots and was in the first group off the 10th tee Saturday morning nine shots off the lead. "I thought 63 would go a long way," he said after his course-record 62 gave him a one-shot lead. On Sunday, Billy Ray Brown was four behind Woods after four holes but battled back to share the lead with one hole to play. Brown's second shot on 18 dribbled into the rough beside the pond. Woods' second was a 176-yard 7-iron to 15 feet above the hole. Then he made the eagle putt to win by two and tie George Burns’ tournament mark. "I told you it was just a matter of time,"Woods said. "I think 17 under par on the weekend is pretty good."
2003 Buick Invitational win
This year's Buick Invitational marked Tiger Woods' return to competition after knee surgery three months before. After a rain delay on Thursday, Tiger played 27 holes without pain in his knee and found himself in good position going into the weekend. "I answered my questions as to whether or not this knee would hold up for 72 holes. Played 27 on Friday and it was fine," said Tiger. On Sunday, Tiger sealed the deal with a shot that astounded everyone but him. Stuck behind a tree in the right rough on number 15, he decided to forget the safe route, and instead he stuck a four-iron 15 feet from the pin, setting up a birdie. Phil Mickelson, playing in the final group on Sunday with Tiger, watched his chances at victory slip away as he bogied two of the last four holes. Tiger summed it all up after his final round. "The fact that I went out there today and competed and beat everybody, that is a pretty great feeling, let me tell you."
2005 Buick Invitational
Tiger Woods captured his third Buick Invitational title with a 15-under score of 272 and a three shot win over Tom Lehman, Luke Donald and Charles Howell III. Woods, earned $864,000 for the victory and increased his tournament record total to $2,939,000 in eight starts. Woods (1999, 2003, 2005) and Phil Mickelson (1993, 2000, 2001) are now the only players in tournament history to win three titles. This win was Tiger 41st career PGA TOUR victory. His win moved him past Cary Middlecoff and into eighth place for all time PGA TOUR victories. Woods was second in putting during the week with 26.5 per round and he was fourth in driving distance at 307.6 yards. The final day of play included 31 holes of golf for Woods, due to the fog shortening for third round for the leaders.
2006 Buick Invitational
Tiger Woods became the first player in Buick Invitational history to capture four tournament titles, with his other wins coming in 1999, 2003 and 2005. Woods earned a record $918,000 and added to his career winnings of $3,857,000 in nine tournament starts. The victory marked the 47th of his PGA TOUR career. Woods won on the second playoff hole over Jose Maria Olazabal and Nathan Green. Tiger birdied the final hole in regulation to force the playoff with Olazabal and Green. Olazabal missed a four foot putt on the second playoff hole (16th) to allow Tiger to win the title.
2007 Buick Invitational
Tiger Woods captured a record fifth tournamet tournament title in 2007. Woods earned a record $936,000 and added to his record amount of $4,793,000 in 10 tournament starts. His two shot victory of 15-under-par 273 was his 55th of his PGA TOUR career. It was the fifth time he won his first start of his 11 year career. His scoring average at the time at the Buick Invitational was 68.46 and his progressive round-by-round scoring average got better by the round— 69.67, 68.22, 68.00 and 67.87. Woods caught up to the leaders with a 3-wood from 276 yards to set up a 25-foot eagle putt on the ninth hole. He ended the hopes of Howell with a 9-iron to 2 1/2 feet on the 17th hole for birdie.
2008 Buick Invitational
Tiger Woods captured his fourth straight Buick Invitational and his sixth overall Buick Invitational crown. Woods earned $936,000 for first prize and increased his tournament earnings total to $5,675,000 in 11 starts at Torrey Pines and over the $77 million career mark. In his 11 appearances, he posted 11 top-10s, including 10 top-fives and 8 top threes. This was the sixth time he won his first start of his 12-year career. At the time, Tiger became a career 42-3 (12 consecutive) when holding a share of the 54-hole lead. His 19-under-par 269 was the largest margin (8 strokes) in tournament history and his best by three shots in his five wins since the South Course was redesigned in 2002.
2008 U.S. Open
Tiger Woods captured his 14th major championship title when he defeated Rocco Mediate in a 19-hole playoff at Torrey Pines. Woods and Mediate finished the final round in a tie after Woods birdied the 18th hole. They then went on to an 18-hole playoff on Monday, which also ended in a tie. Woods, who was privately battling a knee injury at the time, won the tournament on the 19th hole with a par. He revealed days later he would sit out the rest of the season to undergo surgery. "This is probably the greatest tournament I've ever had," Woods said.
2013 Farmers Insurance Open
Tiger Woods set a PGA TOUR record by winning at Torrey Pines for an eighth time, including the 2008 U.S. Open. He closed with an even-par 72 for a four-shot win, despite two bogeys and a double bogey at the fog-delayed Farmers Insurance Open. "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," he said. It was his 75th win in his PGA TOUR career. It was also his seventh win at the Farmers Insurance Open. He's also won seven times at Bay Hill and Firestone.
Inside the numbers Tiger's records and statistics at Torrey Pines Woods has 7 career wins at the Farmer Insurance Open including 4 straight from 2005-2008.
Key stats in wins at Torrey Pines
Year Driving Distance Total Birdies Total Eagles Par 5 scoring ‘99 Farmers 297.3 (1st) 24 (1st) 3 (T1) 4.00 (1st) ‘03 Farmers 298.0 (4th) 18 (T5) 1 (T2) 4.50 (T11) ‘05 Farmers 307.6 (4th) 24 (2) 0 4.50 (T12) ‘06 Farmers 306.3 (5) 20 (T4) 1 (T6) 4.19 (1) ‘07 Farmers 317.3 (2) 15 (T34) 3 (T1) 4.31 (T6) ‘08 Farmers 283.6 (T16) 24 (1) 0 4.44 (T2) ‘08 U.S. Open 320.9 (2) 13 (T10) 3 (1) 4.25 (1) ‘13 Farmers 307.3 (2) 21 (1) 2 (T1) 4.25 (T2)
Most bogey-free rounds: Farmers Insurance since 1980
Most wins in a single event - PGA TOUR (all-time)
Greater Greensboro Open
Arnold Palmer Invitational
Farmer Insurance Open
*4 other players at 6 wins
Most victories on a single course - PGA TOUR (all-time)
Torrey Pines GC*
Bay Hill Club & Lodge
*7 wins at Farmers, 1 win at 2008 US Open