LA JOLLA, Calif. — Tiger Woods stumbled down the stretch but gained his 75th PGA Tour victory Monday, winning the Farmers Insurance Open at the Torrey Pines Golf Course for the seventh time.
Woods came into the day with a six-stroke lead over Brandt Snedeker and Nick Watney through seven holes of the fog-delayed $6.1 million tournament but bogeyed twice and double-bogeyed once between the 14th and 17th holes.
He completed an even-par final round to defeat Snedeker and Josh Teater by four strokes and collect the winner’s share of $1.098 million.
“It got a little ugly towards the end. I started losing my patience a little bit with the slow play, and kind of lost my concentration a little bit there but got it back on 18,” Woods told CBS after sinking his putt on the 18th hole. He later said he was frustrated by the three hours it took to play just over half the course.
A thick blanket of fog blanketed the seaside course on Saturday, allowing only about five minutes of play. The third round and part of the fourth round were played Sunday.
Woods, who shot 14-under-par for the tournament, climbed to within seven victories of all-tour winner Sam Snead, who had 82 between 1936 and 1965.
Woods’ first victory came in his fifth tournament as a professional, the 1996 Las Vegas Invitational. He won a second time that year, four times in 1997, once in 1998, eight times in 1999, nine times in 2000, five times each in 2001, 2002 and 2003, once in 2004, six times in 2005, eight times in 2006, seven times in 2007, four times in 2008 and six times in 2009.
Woods was winless in 2010 and 2011 following an early morning auto accident on Nov. 27, 2009 and his admission of infidelity. He ended a 924-day victory drought by winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational March 25. He also won the Memorial Tournament and AT&T National last year.
Woods’ seven victories at the Farmers Insurance Open are the most in its history. Phil Mickelson, a three-time winner, is the only other player to win more than twice.
Woods’ most recent victory came in 2008. The tournament was initially known as the San Diego Open and has been played all but one year since 1952.
Woods has won two tournaments seven times — The Arnold Palmer Invitational in Bay Hill, Fla., and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio.
Because of the weather delay, golf fans got to watch Monday’s action for free.