The question today in La Jolla, Calif., wasn’t whether Tiger Woods would win the Farmers Insurance Open.
It was when.
Despite a disobedient driver on his final nine holes at Torrey Pines, Woods cruised to a four-stroke victory ahead of Brandt Snedeker and Josh Teater because he played so well before Monday afternoon it didn’t matter that he played four holes 4-over par starting at the 14th.
“I drove the ball great this week and my short game is coming around again,” said Woods, who was 12 under par on the par-5s.
Remember when Woods seemed to turn bogeys into pars all the time? He’s doing it again.
“I’m saving a shot here, I’m saving a shot there,” he said. “That’s leading to a birdie here and there. Suddenly, it’s a three- or four-shot swing.”
It just took sooooo long.
If anything, the Monday finish should serve as a screaming alarm – another one – about the scourge of slow play.
How about nearly four hours for Woods to play his 11 holes Monday.
“I started losing my patience,” Woods said.
Just what CBS and the PGA Tour wanted with their late Monday finish – one camera shot after another of Tiger standing and watching the group ahead of him play as if they were billing hours.
Ultimately, Woods got it done for the 75th time, leaving him seven wins shy of tying Sam Snead’s all-time record.
The end wasn’t pretty but the rest of Woods’ performance was. When the inevitable “Are you back?” question came Monday afternoon, Woods had a short answer.
“I never left,” he said.