His four shot victory at the Farmers Insurance Open was the 75th of Tiger Woods’ career. He is now only seven wins behind the record for most career victories, currently held by Sam Snead. Eight of Tiger’s wins have come at Torrey Pines; seven in this event in addition to the 2008 U.S. Open that was held there. His eight wins at one golf course are good enough to secure him that record, as well
Despite an ugly back nine that saw him card two bogeys and a double bogey in the last five holes, Woods had built up enough of a cushion to be able to withstand a few missteps. Brandt Snedeker and Josh Teater were hoping for a few more mistakes on Tiger’s part, as they both finished tied for second at 10 under par, four shots behind Woods.
It’s relatively clear by now that Tiger is an absolute monster at Torrey Pines. Even though it’s a public course, eight victories there essentially make it Tiger’s playground. It seems like he could play this course blindfolded and still shoot under par.
Some may make a big deal out of the fact that Woods slipped a little bit at the end. I say that is nonsense. He had an eight shot cushion starting the day and only had 11 holes left to finish in his final round. He could afford a few mistakes. The key is to be able to accept the bogey and not try something risky that could result in a triple.
It was a great move on Tiger’s part to start his PGA Tour season at a course that he knew he could dominate. Even if he didn’t win, he was likely to play well. Getting off to a quick start is a huge deal in a sport that relies so much on mental toughness and being in the proper frame of mind. I have a strange feeling this is just one of a handful of tournaments that Woods will win this year.