Tiger Woods' Torrey Pines cruise hits a few bumps, but he wins

Woods' eighth victory at Torrey Pines isn't as dominant as in days of old, thanks to rocky closing stretch. But he beats Brandt Snedeker, Josh Teater by four shots.

LA JOLLA — Only Tiger Woods could so dramatically breeze to victory. Leave it to Woods to make things interesting at Torrey Pines even when the outcome was so under-par inevitable.

Woods won the extended, fogged-over Farmers Insurance Open on Monday by four shots but wavered enough to keep people interested and/or riveted through his tap-in par on the par-five finishing hole.

Woods never lost the lead but did lose control of his driver as he scrambled home, hitting a shot out of a temporary tent area and taking a penalty drop out of an ice plant.

Woods finished with a final-round 72, even par, and played his final five holes in four over. It was his only round in the 70s after rounds of 68-65-69.

It was a good thing for him, in the end, that he was Tiger Woods and everyone else had pretty much conceded him his 75th victory on the PGA Tour. Only Sam Snead, with 82, has won more times.

Woods ended up 14 under overall, at 274, as he headed off into his private-jet sunset.

"I had an eight-shot lead," Woods said. "I just needed to stay upright."

Brandt Snedeker and Josh Teater shared runner-up honors with totals of 10-under 278, and Jimmy Walker and Nick Watney tied for fourth at 279.

Woods began the day at 17 under with 11 holes left in his final round. He held a six-shot lead over Snedeker and Watney. Neither of them, however, could apply any pressure on Woods during an agonizingly slow-paced day.

Woods' 11 holes took nearly four hours.

"In the end I just started losing my patience," Woods said. "It was so slow out there."

Snedeker, the defending champion and first-round co-leader, lost control of the tournament with his three-over 75 in the second round. He played the other three rounds in 13 under, which included matching 69s in the final two rounds.

Snedeker started Monday thinking he still had a chance. His problem was he had only five holes left to make up ground.

"I thought if I could get out and play 14 under that I might have a chance," Snedeker said. "The conditions are tough. The wind is blowing. It's cold. The ball is not rolling real far. So I knew this course could yield some bogeys, but that being done, you've still got to post it. And I didn't, so that's pretty disappointing."

Snedeker missed several makeable birdie putts that could have pressed Woods. Instead, he sat in the clubhouse at 10 under needing a collapse from Woods that would not materialize.

Woods won the tournament but left without one of his emphatic, fist-pump statements of old.

He drove the ball beautifully all week before a final day in which he found only five fairways.

After parring his first hole Monday, the par-three eighth, he had his first wobble at the par-five ninth. After backing away from the ball when he heard a camera click, Woods badly blocked his tee shot right and muttered "thanks a lot" to the surrounding gallery.

Woods being Woods, he brilliantly carved a three-iron off the hard pan near a temporary tournament tent and saved par.

He extended his lead to eight after making birdie on the par-five 13th, before unexpectedly going south on the South Course.

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