Brandt Snedeker won the weather-delayed Farmers Insurance Open on Monday after shooting a stunning final round of 69 in extremely testing conditions at Torrey Pines. Snedeker’s six-under-par tournament score proved enough to edge out South Korea’s K.J. Choi by one shot.
Strong winds had forced officials to bring play to a close early on Sunday and none of the 49 players returning the next day to complete their rounds, including overnight leader Jimmy Walker, were able to conjure up enough birdies to match Snedeker’s 282 total.
Snedeker said: “The way the wind blew and made those last five holes play so tough on those guys, I feel bad for them. 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, who has recorded top ten finishes in both the US Masters and British Open golf tournaments, played 17 holes on Sunday without a bogey and his 69 was around nine shots better than the field average.
Play was delayed for two hours on Monday morning so officials could clear debris from the course but those returning failed to capitalise on the more benign conditions. Walker topped the leaderboard overnight but a three-putt bogey on the penultimate hole ended his chances while Choi couldn’t find a final birdie on the 18th to force a play-off. It meant Snedeker secured his first PGA Tour victory of the year and his second at Torrey Pines in his career without hitting a shot on Monday.
Five European golfers also scored top 15 finishes in California including Swedish duo Fredrik Jacobson and Jonas Blixt, Ireland’s Paul Dune and Shane Lowry and Scotland’s Martin Laird.