Tiger Woods Has Wild Ride To Finish Farmers Open
I don’t know about you, but watching the end of the Farmers Insurance Open on Monday afternoon was a whole lot like watching paint dry. I was frustrated watching the slow play on the South Course at Torrey Pines, and it looked like Tiger Woods was having the same problem. The group in front of them were a hole and a half behind the field by the time they finished up at the 18th hole. The threesome of Brad Fritch, Steve Marino, and Erik Compton can be found in the golf rules manual under the definition of “Slow Play“.
Tiger Woods had gotten his fourth round to -3 under par on Sunday evening before play was halted due to darkness, and with an eight shot lead by the time he teed off at the eighth hole, only needed to hang on for the 75th victory of his career, and the seventh in the Farmers Open. With the weather being cold, and becoming windy later in the day, it become an effort to get the win in the books. He picked up one birdie at the 13th hole, and went four over par from that point to finish at even par for the round, and a four shot win.
Camera clicks while addressing the ball and the slow play both seemed to force Tiger out of his comfort zone. He began spraying his drives, and frequently was in trouble on every hole. He took a double bogey on the 15th hole after digging his ball out of the Ice Plant. He took another bogey at the 17th hole, but made par at the par 5 18th. He looked to be more relieved that the round from hell was over, than excited that he won.
Tiger Woods is second all time with his 75th win, and is now only seven victories behind Slammin Sam Snead and his 82 career victories for the all time lead. He also surpassed Snead with eight wins on one golf course. Tiger has won eight times at Torrey Pines, with seven Farmers Open victories, and the 2008 US Open. Snead won the Greenbrier Classic eight times, but it was on a couple of different venues. We probably won’t see Woods again until the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship in March.
Brandt Snedeker was the defending champion this weekend, and got to the clubhouse early to post a -10 under par, which was good enough for second place. Snedeker got his fourth round off to a nice start, making the turn at 32, but couldn’t seem to find the magic again after play resumed on Monday. He picked up another birdie, but made bogeys at 12 and 15 to finish the round at 69. He picked up three strokes on Tiger, but it was too little too late.
Josh Teater made a couple of birdies in the cold windy conditions, and pulled even with Snedeker to finish in second place. Nick Watney, who had been tied with Snedeker when the fourth round began, couldn’t get going on Monday, and faded on the back nine making four bogeys down the stretch. He did get one birdie at the 18th hole, and finished with a one under 71, and tied for fourth place.
The PGA Tour needs to do more to insure brisk play. The slow play on Monday became difficult to watch, I can’t imagine having to play in those conditions with so much on the line for some of these players. I was so frustrated watching on television that I started switching to American Pickers reruns while waiting for the next shot.
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