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.
Click here, or on the image above, to watch Tiger's bunker shot from 72 feet to set up a par save.
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.