January 28 2013
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.