Woods notches up win No. 75!

BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2013 Farmers Insurance Open | Wrap | 29 Jan 2013

Tiger Woods made it PGA Tour victory number 75 and moved within seven wins of the great Sam Snead when he dominated proceedings throughout the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines this week.

Returning to the course to complete the final round with a six shot lead, Woods extended his overall margin to eight before dropping three shots late but such was the cushion he had built that he still won by four shots over the defending champion Brandt Snedeker and Josh Teater.

Woods has now won at Torrey Pines more than any other venue, this victory taking him ahead of the seven victories at each of Bay Hill and Firestone Country Club.

“I played great this week and pretty much every facet of my game was going,” said Woods. “I feel great. It is nice to walk around here without any discomfort,” he added referring to his pain free body at present and comparing it to his dramatic win on one leg in 2008.

“I started losing my patience a little bit as it was so frigging slow. Three hours for 10 holes with three par threes was not very fast. Consequently I started making a few mistakes,” he added referring to the fact he dropped a few shots late.

“The goal today was to beat the guys in their rounds today and if I do that then they weren’t going to win the golf tournament. When the wind came up I realised that 20 under wasn’t realistic given the wind was blowing so hard so I figured it I kept it to even par for the day I would win the golf tournament.

“I think my game is efficient now,” he said when asked to compare it to his heyday. "I am not going to compare it to earlier years as I had a different swing during those periods.

Nick Watney appeared as if he could potentially make a run at Woods on the final day when he got within five shots through nine holes but a series of bogeys saw him drop back to finish in a share of 4th with Jimmy Walker.

Aaron Baddeley finished the best of the Australians when he added a final round of 69 to finish in a share of 6th, his best finish in nearly twelve months.

Jason Day made a solid enough season debut when he produced the best final round of 66 to be 9th.

The PGA Tour now moves to Phoenix for this week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open before returning to the West Coast for the AT&T National Pebble Beach event.

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