All Brandt Snedeker had to do Monday to win the Farmers Insurance Open was watch and wait.
While the wind continued to blow and the damage from Sunday’s rugged storm was visible around Torrey Pines’ South Course, Snedeker effectively had won the tournament for the second time in four years with his brilliant 3-under-par 69 in the final round.
Having finished Sunday just before play was suspended for the day, Snedeker slept on his 6-under-par total and, though Jimmy Walker was one stroke ahead with eight holes remaining Monday, the difficult conditions kept anyone from matching what Snedeker did.
Snedeker had to wait until the end to know for sure he had won. KJ Choi came to the 72nd hole needing a birdie to force a playoff but didn’t give himself a good chance at birdie. Choi finished solo second while Kevin Streelman was alone in third, two behind Snedeker.
“Everything worked out perfectly for me,” Snedeker said. “You can’t make up the chain of events that had to happen for me to win.”
After missing three consecutive cuts at the end of 2015, Snedeker has been exceptional this year. In his three starts so far, Snedeker has finished T3-2-1 at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, the Sony Open in Hawaii and the Farmers Insurance Open.
Snedeker, who made the cut on the number, started the final round six shots off the lead but his closing 69 was the best score by four shots. It was Snedeker’s eighth Tour victory.