Monday, January 28, 2013
Woods' all-around game dominates field
By Justin Ray
Stan Badz/PGA Tour/Getty ImagesTiger Woods marched to his 75th career PGA TOUR victory Monday, a four-shot victory at the Farmers Insurance Open.
Tiger Woods was in command at Torrey Pines again.
This is the seventh time in Woods’ career he has opened his PGA TOUR season with a victory. Five of the previous six times he did it, he went on to win a major that year.
This is the seventh time in Woods’ career he has won this event, tying Tiger’s career best for any single tournament. Woods has also won the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational seven times each.
Only Sam Snead, who won the Greater Greensboro Open eight times (at two different venues), has won a single event more in PGA TOUR history.
Along with the 2008 U.S. Open, this is the eighth PGA TOUR victory for Woods at Torrey Pines, a record for most wins at a single course.
Woods also has seven wins at Bay Hill and at Firestone Country Club
No other player has won more than six times at one course in TOUR history.
With 75 career wins, Woods trails only Sam Snead (82 wins) for most in PGA TOUR history. Woods reaches the 75-win mark at age 37 years, 0 months.
Snead was 43 years, 10 months old when he won his 75th TOUR event.
How did Woods go about winning this time?
Woods racked up 11 birdies/eagles on par fives for the week. That was tied for second-most in the field, trailing only Jason Day (12).
Woods also made the putts he needed to down the stretch, making all 16 of his attempts inside ten feet in the final round.
Woods also led the field this week in total driving (the sum of a player’s ranks in driving distance and accuracy) -- a statistic he ranked 6th on the PGA TOUR in a season ago.
Had Woods played enough rounds to qualify in 2010 and 2011, he would have ranked 192nd and 186th.