La Jolla, CA – It wasn't as easy as expected, and it took longer than expected, but Tiger Woods finally wrapped up his seventh win at the Farmers Insurance Open on Monday.
Woods dropped four shots in the last six holes as he closed with an even-par 72. He finished his 75th PGA Tour title at 14-under-par 274.
"It got a little ugly towards the end and I started to lose my patience a little bit with the slow play," Woods said in a greenside interview. "I kind of lost my concentration a little bit there, but got it back on 18. I knew I needed to play it as a 3-shot hole and make my par."
He moves within seven wins of Sam Snead's record PGA Tour victory total of 82. Woods won at Torrey Pines for the eighth time, giving him the most wins at any one venue in PGA Tour history.
Woods played the final 11 holes on Monday after all but 10 minutes of Saturday's play was stopped by fog. Those 11 holes took well over three hours, and the pace of play clearly got to Woods.
"I started losing my patience out there cause it was so (bleeping) slow. We played in just over three hours for nine holes and three of them are par-3s," Woods said in an interview with Golf Channel. "I started losing my patience and consequently I made a few mistakes."
Last year's champion Brandt Snedeker and Josh Teater both closed with 3-under 69s to share second place at 10-under-par 278. For Teater, that was his best career finish on the PGA Tour.
Nick Watney, the 2009 champ, and Jimmy Walker both shot 71 on Monday. They tied for fourth at minus-9, and were one stroke clear of Robert Garrigus (67), Rickie Fowler (68) and Aaron Baddeley (69).
Fowler was tied for last after the first round and made the cut on the number, before going 6-under par over the final two rounds.
Phil Mickelson, a three-time winner of this event, put together a round of 2- under 70, which left him tied for 51st at even-par 288.
The last time Woods won a Monday finish was his 2008 U.S. Open victory over Rocco Mediate at Torrey Pines.
On this day, Woods started with a 6-stroke lead and that ballooned to eight at one point.
Woods started on the par-3 eighth. He made par there and followed with four more pars in a row. At the par-5 13th, Woods found the green with his second shot and 2-putted for birdie to move to 18-under par.
Armed with an 8-stroke lead, Woods started to spray the ball and it cost him. He tripped to a bogey on the 14th and faltered to a double-bogey at 15 to slide to 15-under.
Woods steadied himself with a 2-putt par on No. 16. After a short drive on 17, he found a bunker with his second. That led to another bogey, but Woods played the 18th well and closed with an easy 2-putt par for the win.
"I played pretty well through 13 today and built myself a nice little lead, and made a few mistakes coming home, but had a big enough cushion that it was fine," Woods said.
Snedeker was looking to successfully defend a title for the first time on the PGA Tour, but played his final five holes on Monday in 1-over par.
Teater, who was two groups in front of Woods, was 2-under par for the 10 holes he played on Monday.
NOTES: Woods, who earned $1.098 million for the win, has won 19 of the last 20 times he owned at least a piece of the 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour, and is 50-of-54 for his career in that situation ... This is the third event on the PGA Tour that Woods has won seven times, with the World Golf Championships - Bridgestone Invitational and the Arnold Palmer Invitational being the other two ... This was the first time since 1975 that this event went 72 holes and didn't finish on a Sunday ... The tour heads to Arizona next week for the Waste Management Phoenix Open, where Kyle Stanley came from eight shots back to win last year.