Tiger Woods now has more wins in events at Torrey Pines alone (eight) than all but 11 active PGA golfers have total.
Think about that. It's absolutely astounding.
He put on a cool, if not a bit odd display at Torrey on Monday for his 75th career win in a fog-lengthened five-day Farmers Insurance Open.
Woods slung it all over the course on Monday, his smooth swing and sweet putting stroke from the first few days totally deserting him.
He shot a 72 (39 on the back nine) for a -14 total (he was -18 at one point), defeating closest competitors, Brandt Snedeker and
It wasn't pretty, especially when his faulty driver left him over and over again, but he hasn't posted 75 wins in his career because he's always been perfect. Sometimes scrambling is good enough.
Here's what Woods had to say after his round on the Golf Channel about knowing what he needed to do:
I had an eight-shot lead. I knew I just needed to stay upright and I would be fine.
Staying upright was quite difficult, however, given that the group ahead of Woods, Casey Wittenberg, and Billy Horschel was constantly a hole behind in pace of play.
Between Sunday and Monday, Woods' final round lasted nearly six hours.
Woods addressed this in his post-round press conference on the Golf Channel:
I started to lose my patience out there because it was so freaking slow. Three hours for nine holes. It's like, come on.
Numerous members of the media noted the play as well, often humorously:
In honor of Tiger's victory I'm sending out a tweet now, 30 minutes after the event is over. Thought it appropriate to slow play the tweet.— Jay Coffin (@JayCoffinGC) January 28, 2013
Others praised Woods for the forthrightness of his statments:
Good for Tiger to call out the agonizingly slow pace of play today at Torrey Pines. Has the clout to help spark change.— Ryan Lavner (@RyanLavnerGC) January 28, 2013
Despite (or maybe because of) the slow play, Tiger hacked his way around for 11 holes that included multiple missed fairways, trips to the sand, even a traipse along a chain link fence on hole No. 8.
But it was shots like this from a ridiculous staggered stance out of the sand that delivered -- for the seventh (!) time -- a win in his first PGA Tour event of the year.
So now the stage is set for a career year from Woods. He trails Sam Snead's record-setting career win total of 82 by just seven.
As noted in The Links on Monday morning, Woods averages a ridiculous 6.16 wins per year when he wins his first PGA Tour start.
Good luck to everyone trying to keep him from No. 76.