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Slow play plagues Monday finish at Torrey Pines

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SAN DIEGO - For a good portion of the afternoon, it seemed like even five days might not be enough time to complete the Farmers Insurance Open.

Pace of play became one of the main topics of discussion once the tournament ended, as the leaders seemingly spent more time waiting to hit their shots Monday than actually playing golf.

'It was so slow out there,' explained Tiger Woods after claiming his seventh Farmers title. 'We played nine holes in just over three hours and three of them are par-3s. That's not fast.'

Although the final group of Woods, Billy Horschel and Casey Wittenberg had only 11 holes remaining when play resumed this morning at 11:10 a.m. PT, the final putt of the day wasn't holed until nearly four hours later - prompting many to question again whether the PGA Tour needs to implement more significant deterrents for especially slow play.

'The pace of play did not help. It was brutal,' added Woods' caddie Joe LaCava after the round. 'It took forever out there.'

Nearly 18 years have now passed since Glen Day received the last penalty stroke doled out by the Tour for slow play, assigned to him at the 1995 Honda Classic. During his post-round press conference, Woods was adamant that the slow pace negatively impacted his round.

'The group ahead of us was behind most of the entire back nine. I don't know if they were warned or not,' he added. 'The three of us were losing our patience a little bit out there. I certainly was. Unfortunately, it affected my play a little bit.'