Snedeker wins Farmers without hitting a Monday shot

By Doug FergusonFebruary 1, 2016, 9:38 pm

SAN DIEGO - Brandt Snedeker won the praise of his peers for a closing round at Torrey Pines that left them in awe.

Now he has a trophy to show for it.

Snedeker wound up winning the Farmers Insurance Open on Monday when the conditions turned out to be just as tough as when he shot his 69 on Sunday, a score that was roughly nine shots better than the field average.

Jimmy Walker had a one-shot lead over Snedeker and K.J. Choi when the final round resumed among a dozen toppled trees on the South Course. With a strong wind from the opposite direction, Walker and Choi tried to hang on with pars and simply couldn't.

''The way the wind blew and made those last five holes play so tough on those guys, I feel bad for them,'' Snedeker said. ''They got the raw end of the stick this morning. But that's just the way golf goes, and luckily enough, I played good enough yesterday to get the job done. So it's a special feeling to say the least.''

Snedeker won at 6-under 282, the highest winning score at Torrey Pines since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979.

The average score was 77.9, the highest fourth-round average at a regular PGA Tour event since the Tour began keeping such statistics in 1983.

Choi couldn't reach the 437-yard 14th with a driver and a fairway metal, and his 6-foot par putt slid by on the left. That dropped him to 5 under, and his last chance to catch Snedeker was a 30-foot birdie putt on the 18th that missed by a yard. He closed with a 76.

Walker, who returned Monday morning at 7 under, made four bogeys over the eight holes he played and wound up with a 77. Kevin Streelman made back-to-back bogeys late in his round and wound up with a hard-earned 74 to finish third.

Snedeker won for the second time at Torrey Pines, and both involved a most improbable comeback.

Four years ago, he was seven shots out of the lead and figured he had locked up second place when Kyle Stanley made a triple bogey from the fairway on the par-5 18th and Snedeker beat him in a playoff. This time, Snedeker made the cut on the number and was six shots back going into the final round when he got help from the elements.

Snedeker did his part. He played the final 17 holes without a bogey in raging wind and occasional rain, with gusts topping 40 mph that forced play to be suspended three times before the South Course was evacuated.


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Of the 23 players who finished on Sunday, there were 11 rounds in the 80s.

He needed more help on Monday, and he worried it wouldn't arrive.

The round was to resume at 8 a.m., and there was hardly any wind. Play was delayed two hours so officials could remove debris from the overnight wind that was relentless. Among the trees that were toppled was a 60-foot eucalyptus that fell across the left edge of the 15th fairway some 40 yards from the green.

By the time it started, the wind showed up out of the north - the back nine had been set up to account for a southerly wind the day before.

Players were hitting wedge into the 14th on Sunday. They were hitting fairway metals on Monday. The par-5 18th couldn't be reached in two by anyone.

Even when players did hit a good shot, it was difficult to tell because there were no spectators on the golf course. The only volunteers were to drive the evacuation vans if necessary. Snedeker made it as far as the practice range and putting green.

It was his eighth career victory, fourth in California. Snedeker has won twice at Torrey Pines and twice at Pebble Beach. It also was his fourth comeback of at least five shots in the final round.

Choi had his best finish since June 2014. This is the final year of his five-year exemption from winning The Players Championship in 2011.

There were 23 rounds in the 80s, with Scott Brown the highest at 87 while playing in the final group.

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McIlroy 'committed to everything ... ran out of holes'

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 7:08 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy summed it up: “I don’t really feel like it’s a defeat. I feel like it’s a good week.”

McIlroy, in search of his fifth major, tied for the lead at The Open late on Sunday at Carnoustie when he made eagle on the par-5 14th hole. An hour later, he had made five consecutive pars to close out a 1-under 70 and tie for second place with Justin Rose, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele.

That group ended two shots behind winner Francesco Molinari. McIlroy thought it was realistic to squeeze one more shot out of his round, but he never though it was possible to squeeze out two.

“I committed to everything,” he said. “I hit the shots when I needed to. I made good swings on 17 and on 18. I just ran out of holes.”


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McIlroy hasn’t played poorly this year, but this hasn't been a year that would rank as a total success. He took the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March and collected a second-place finish at the BMW PGA Championship. He had a legitimate chance to win the Masters before a terrible Sunday round, and then missed the cut at the U.S. Open last month at Shinnecock Hills.

Sunday at Carnoustie, McIlroy bogeyed two of his first five holes and quickly became an afterthought. When others faltered, McIlroy birdies Nos. 9 and 11, then eagled 14 to vault back into the picture.

“I’m happy with how I played,” he said. “I didn’t get off to a great start, but I hung in there, and I battled back.

“So I’ll look back at this week and be very encouraged about what I’ve done and the golf that I played. I feel like that will stand me in good stead for what’s coming up.”

McIlroy is scheduled to play the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks, followed by the PGA Championship and the FedExCup Playoffs.

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Edoardo, other pros congratulate Francesco on Twitter

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:54 pm

Francesco Molinari played a bogey-free weekend at Carnoustie to claim Italy's first claret jug.

His rock-solid performance in the final round earned him his share of social media plaudits.

Here's a collection of Twitter hat-tips, and we start off with Frankie's brother, Dodo.

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Woods: Fan who yelled had 'tipped back a few'

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 6:37 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods stood on the 18th tee and thought he needed birdie to have a chance to win The Open. He pulled driver out of his bag, a sign he wanted to boot the ball as far down the fairway as possible.

Woods took a mighty swat and - right in the middle of his downswing - someone yelled. Woods flinched.

Luckily his ball still found a decent spot just off the right of the fairway.


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“I’ve had things like that happen a lot in my career with people who just tried to time it,” Woods said Sunday at Carnoustie after shooting 71 to tie for sixth place. “They tipped back a few, and it’s late in the day.

“Unfortunately, that’s part of what we have to deal with in today’s game. People are trying to yell out things to try to be on TV or be in social media or whatever it may be. That was too close to the game of play.”

Woods hit his approach to 6 feet and missed the birdie putt. He tapped in for par to shoot even par and finish 5 under for the week, in a tie for sixth.

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Pros melt down on Twitter as they watch Tiger

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:30 pm

Tiger Woods mounted a final-round charge and, for a little while, took the outright lead at Carnoustie on Sunday.

His fellow pros were watching and tweeting like your average fans.

We compiled some of their missives below:

Woods would go on to finish in a tie for sixth at 5 under par for the week.