Tiger Woods won the Farmers Insurance Open by four shots on Monday to notch his eighth career victory at Torrey Pines
Tiger Woods notched his eighth career win at Torrey Pines, but rather limped to victory at the Farmers Insurance Open.
By Mark Kendall - Twitter: @SkySportsMK
Last Updated: 30/01/13 8:16am
It was the 37-year-old's seventh career victory at the tournament - formerly the Buick Invitational - with his other success at the California venue being his last, the memorable 2008 US Open win after a play-off with Rocco Mediate.
This week's event had been forced into a fifth day after thick fog wiped out all but ten minutes of play on Saturday and Woods resumed with a six-shot lead over his nearest rivals with 11 holes of his final round to play.
With such a commanding cushion, anything other than a Woods victory always looked highly unlikely and so it proved with the chasing pack unable to put the world No 2 under any sort of pressure.
However, Woods ultimately rather limped to victory as he played his remaining holes in three-over, dropping four shots in the space of four holes on the back nine.
His main problem was with the driver as he produced some wildly wayward tee-shots, one hooked effort into a hazard on 15 costing him a double-bogey.
But at no stage did he look in danger of squandering his advantage, with defending champion Brandt Snedeker having posted a modest clubhouse target of 10-under.
Despite his troubles, Woods finished well clear on 14-under and has now moved to within seven wins of Sam Snead's all-time PGA Tour record of 82.
Snedeker finished in a tie for second with Josh Teater, Nick Watney and Jimmy Walker shared fourth on nine-under, while England's Ross Fisher was the top European as he ended in a tie for 21st on five-under.
Woods acknowledged his performance had become rather scrappy, but claimed the slow pace of play had affected him with his 11 holes taking him almost four hours to complete.
"It got a little ugly towards the end and I started losing my patience with the slow play and kind of lost my concentration there a little bit," he stated afterwards.
"But I got it back on 18, I knew I needed to grind it out and played a three-shot hole and made my par and got the tournament.