Driver the key to Tiger’s success on the way to his 75th PGA Tour victory
Welcome to By the Numbers, Farmers Insurance Open Edition. As you may have guessed, the column this week will be very Tiger Woods centric. Hey, you notch it your 75th win on the PGA Tour, you can have your own Numbers column, too. Without further ado, your Tiger at Torrey Pines Edition:
Tiger Woods looked like he lost interest — or rather, patience and concentration — on his way to a four-shot victory at the Farmers Insurance Open, in what was a long, drawn-out Monday finish, where play was so slow that you could take a solid power nap without missing a shot. You think I’m exaggerating? Hardly.
At one point, Woods held an eight-shot lead and for obvious reasons, like the fact he’s never missed a cut in 13 starts at this event, or that he had already won the PGA Tour tourney seven previous times, not to mention his eighth victory at Torrey Pines, counting the 2008 U.S. Open, his last major (number 14), in a dramatic 18-hole playoff against Rocco Mediate.
Tiger Woods continues to cruise on what will very likely be his seventh victory at the Farmers Insurance Open (and his eight at Torrey Pines when you include the 2008 U.S. Open) and his 75th on the PGA Tour, which will occur on Monday afternoon Eastern Standard Time.
Saturday was a wash-out due to fog — err, excuse me, the marine layer.
With eleven holes left to play in the final round, Woods has a seven-shot lead, with defending champion Brandt Snedeker and Nick Watney as his closest contenders.
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I thought we were in San Diego, not Seattle (where I grew up — well, Bellevue, to be exact)! For the second round at Torrey Pines, it was gray and dreary, but calm — no wind. It rained steadily all day, but it was bearable for the most part. Right as Tiger Woods and his playing partners Rickie Fowler, who rebounded nicely after his first-round 77 and matched TW’s 65, and Nick Watney were playing their last hole on the North Course, it started to pour.
Tiger holes out from the bunker for an eagle on no. 6
On a calm and mostly cloudy day with delectable conditions, nineteen players shot five-under or better, with K.J. Choi and defending champion Brandt Snedeker firing a pair of seven-under 65s to take a share of the first round lead at the Farmers Insurance Open.
Not a knock to Brandt at all, but K.J.’s was probably more impressive since he played the South Course, the harder of the two tracks.
Mickelson, a native and current resident of the San Diego area, asked for a mulligan, referring to the comments he made last Sunday, and compared his mangling of state and federal tax hikes with the time he blew a one-shot lead on the 18th hole at Winged Foot in the final round of the 2006 U.S. Open.
Yep, it’s the week of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, which means it’s that time again! — the “mandatory” players’ meeting historically takes place on-site on Tuesday evening. Longtime WUP readers know that I have fervidly covered the annual event, though it’s always been from NYC or Florida. See here, here, and here.
Well, I’m actually on-site this time, where the vibe at the golf course has been energetic and spirited.
Although it’s the fourth event on the PGA Tour calendar — and no offense to the first three, which I’ve covered with love for the past three years and enjoy thoroughly — but this feels more like the start of the season. Maybe because most of the “big names are in the field, like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. (I know others will argue it doesn’t start until the Masters.) But I digress.