Famers Insurance Open 2013: Winners and Losers at Torrey Pines
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As far as opening acts go, Tiger Woods has to be happy with the results of his first PGA tournament of 2013.
Woods won the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, cruising to a big lead and then grinding out the finish on a cold and windy final day.
Woods has always done well at Torrey Pines, and the victory was his eighth at the classic San Diego course as a professional. The victory was the 75th of his career.
While Woods was the big winner in the tournament, he was not the only golfer to fare well over the weekend.
Here's a look at the winners and losers at Torrey Pines.
Winner: Tiger Woods
The victory was a great psychological start to the 2013 golf season for Tiger Woods.
There are no secrets about what Woods would like to do this year. He wants to win major tournaments and reclaim his position as the No. 1 golfer in the world.
He hasn't accomplished those goals yet, but when he wins his first tournament of the year, that's a good sign.
Woods did not play perfectly in the tournament. He had problems with his driving accuracy, but he did an excellent job on driving distance, with his play around the greens and his putting.
Loser: Vijay Singh
Vijay Singh started the Famers Insurance Open as if he was going to be a contender with a chance to win on the final day of the tournament.
However, after shooting an impressive 68 in the opening round, Singh could not break 70 in any of the ensuing rounds. He shot 73, 70 and 73 and finished the tournament with a score of 284.
Singh tied for 27th place and finished 10 strokes behind Woods.
The performance was especially disappointing for Singh because he did an excellent job of driving the ball accurately. Singh hit the fairways with 64.29 percent of his drives—tying him for ninth in that category—but he missed his opportunities to move up the ladder.
Winner: Brandt Snedeker
Brandt Snedeker played the kind of golf that should allow him to win a number of tournaments this year.
He was very competitive in the Farmers Insurance Open, finishing tied for second. Snedeker was 10 under par for the tournament and shot 278 over the four days. He finished four strokes behind Woods.
He was nearly as good as the eventual champion, but Snedeker was done in by a poor showing in the second round. He shot a 75, but managed a score of 69 or better in the other three rounds.
Snedeker was very accurate from the fairway, the short rough and the hazards as he hit 75 percent of his greens in regulation.
Loser: John Huh
Young John Huh got off to a hot start in his rookie season in 2012.
He picked up his first victory in the fifth tournament of his career, using a final round 63 to springboard to a win at the Mayakoba Golf Classic.
However, he did not get off to a hot start at Torrey Pines. Huh shot a 289 (one over par) and he tied for 60th place.
Huh shot 69 in the opening round to put himself in a decent position. He slipped a bit in the second round with a 71, but he was still in a position to contend
That didn't happen. He fell apart in the third round with a 77 and closed out with a 72 to finish 15 strokes behind Woods.
Winner: Robert Garrigus
There's little doubt that Robert Garrigus is a big hitter. However, there are plenty of questions about his ability to put together four consistent rounds of golf.
After the Farmers Insurance Open, Garrigus has to feel good about his play in the early part of the year.
Garrigus shot 280 in the tournament, good for eight under par. That allowed him to tie for sixth place in the tournament and bring home $204,350 for his effort.
Not surprisingly, Garrigus led the tournament in driving distance. His average drive went 310.2 yards, a full 3.0 yards further than Woods, who finished as the No. 2 driver in the tournament.
Loser: Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson was not happy before the Farmers Insurance Open started.
He had complained publicly about the new tax rate that was impacting his ability to bring home money, according to forextv.com.
His play on the course could not have made him feel much better. Mickelson struggled throughout his four rounds at Torrey Pines and he shot an even par 288 for the tournament.
The best he could do was shoot 70 in the final round, but by that point he was well out of contention.
While Mickelson's major impetus this year is winning majors, he didn't do anything to gain any positive momentum at Torrey Pines.
Winner: Josh Teater
Josh Teater has struggled through his first three years on the PGA tour.
He has won slightly less than $2.8 million in his career and he has never won a tournament.
That's why he should feel quite good about his performance in the Farmers Insurance Open. Teater finished tied for second with a 10-under par 278, bringing home $536,800 for the effort.
Teater started the tournament in excellent fashion, shooting an opening round of 66 that put him one stroke behind the leaders. While he couldn't match that in the ensuing rounds, he kept himself in contention and did a good job on the greens.
Teater averaged 1.731 putts per hole and that allowed him to put respectable scores on the board in each round.
Loser: Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson was one of the top golfers on the PGA Tour last year.
Johnson finished eighth in FedEx Cup points and was 19th in earnings with just under $3.4 million last year.
When it comes to driving distance, few golfers can hit the ball as far as Johnson. He averaged 310.2 yards with his driver last year, good for fourth on the tour.
He did not compete well in the Farmers Insurance Open. Johnson finished tied for 51st with an even par four-round total of 288.
Johnson opened with a 69, but he could not break 72 in any of the final three rounds
He averaged 307.1 yards per drive, but Johnson only found the fairway on 44.6 percent of those shots.