Woods Secures 75th Career Title
By Golf 365 | January 30, 2013 10:13 AM EST
Tiger Woods completed a four-shot victory at the Farmers Insurance Open on Monday, despite some anxious moments.
The former world number one began the day with a six-shot lead with 11 holes to play and while he faltered badly in the closing stages, he still ran out a comfortable winner, the eighth time that he has done so at Torrey Pines.
"In the end I just started losing my patience," Woods said after his round of 72 on Monday.
"It was so slow out there."
Despite losing three shots to par over the closing stages of the round, the world number two's even par round was enough for him to finish on 14-under par for the event, four strokes ahead of 2012 winner Brandt Snedeker and Josh Teater.
Woods carded two bogeys and a double bogey between the 14 and 17th holes, but managed a par at the final hole to close out the victory.
"It got a little ugly toward the end," Woods commented about his near-disasterous run at the end of the fourth round.
"I started losing my patience with slow play and lost my concentration there a little bit."
Monday's victory was the 37-year-old legend's first win since he won the US PGA National at Congressional in July 2012 and was a good response to his disappointing showing in Abu Dhabi recently, where he failed to make the cut.
The win at Torrey Pines could also be a good omen for the 14-time major champion - of the six previous times he won the PGA event at Torrey Pines, he went on to win at least four tournaments that year, and in five of the six years, it included at least one major.
"I would like to win eight, nine times a year," Woods continued.
"That's not a bad thing."
At one stage in the event, it seemed as if Woods would threaten the tournament victory margin record he set in 2008 when he won by eight strokes, but his poor form in the final few holes took some gloss off his win.
"I had an eight-shot lead," Woods said. "I just needed to stay upright."
The American took control of the tournament after the second round and stretched his two-shot lead to six during Sunday's third round.
In breezy conditions on Monday, he opened up an eight-shot lead by the time he birdied the 13th, but then bogeyed the 14th, double-bogeyed the 15th and 17th, before parring the final hole.
"I started losing my patience and consequently I made a few mistakes," Woods continued.
"I played pretty well through 13, built myself a nice little lead and made a few mistakes coming home but had a big enough cushion that it was fine."
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