Woods wins even with poor finish
SAN DIEGO—Tiger Woods was so good for so long at Torrey Pines that it didn’t matter how bad it looked at the end.
In a finish that was fitting for such a long and exasperating week, Woods built an eight-shot lead with five holes to play yesterday until he lost patience with the slow play and started losing shots that only determined the margin of victory.
“I’m excited the way I played all week,” Woods said. “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 reasoned.
He won for the 75th time in his PGA Tour career—seven behind the record held by Sam Snead.
Woods won this tournament for the seventh time, and he set a PGA Tour record by winning at Torrey Pines for the eighth time, including his 2008 U.S. Open.
Woods also has won seven times at Bay Hill and Firestone.
Torrey Pines is a public course that he has turned into his private domain.
“I don’t know if anybody would have beaten him this week,” said Nick Watney, who got within five shots of Woods when the tournament was still undecided until making three bogeys on his next five holes.
“He’s definitely on his game.”
It was the 23rd time Woods has won by at least four shots on the PGA Tour.
Defending champ Brandt Snedeker (69) and Josh Teater (69) tied for the second. Watney had a 71 to tie for fourth with Jimmy Walker.
Graham DeLaet (71) of Weyburn, Sask. and Ottawa’s Brad Fritsch (75) both finished seven shots back of Woods.
Fritsch, the rookie from Canada, birdied his last two holes for a 75.
That put him into a tie for ninth, however, making him eligible for the Phoenix Open this week.
Mike Weir, who made the cut for the first time since July, 2011, finished tied for 68th.
The Bright’s Grove, Ont. native shot a 76 in the final round yesterday, which was delayed a day after fog wiped out the third round on Saturday.
As much as Woods got off to a good start, equal attention was given to slow play—an increasing problem on the PGA Tour.
“It got a little ugly toward the end,” Woods conceded. “I started losing patience a little bit with the slow play.
“I lost my concentration a little bit.”