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Tiger Woods coasts to victory at Torrey Pines

Eighth title at the course

In what has become old hat at Torrey Pines, Tiger Woods tips his cap after winning at the famed course, his 75th victory on the PGA Tour.

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In what has become old hat at Torrey Pines, Tiger Woods tips his cap after winning at the famed course, his 75th victory on the PGA Tour.

SAN DIEGO — Tiger Woods is a winner again at Torrey Pines, and the only question Monday was how long it would take him to finish.

Woods stretched his lead to eight shots in the Farmers Insurance Open before losing his focus and his patience during a painfully slow finish by the group ahead.

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Despite dropping four shots over the last five holes, he still managed an even-par 72 for a four-shot victory on the course where he has won more than any other in his pro career.

He won the tournament for the seventh time, one behind the record held by Sam Snead, who won the Greater Greensboro Open eight times. It was the eighth time Woods won at Torrey Pines, which includes his playoff win in the 2008 US Open.

This one was never close.

Woods built a six-shot lead with 11 holes to play when the final round of the fog-delayed tournament was suspended Sunday by darkness. He returned Monday — a late-morning restart because CBS Sports wanted to show it in the afternoon on the East Coast — and looked stronger than ever until the tournament dragged to a conclusion.

Having to wait on every tee and from every fairway — or the rough, in his case — Woods made bogey from the bunker on the 14th, hooked a tee shot on the 15th that went off the trees and into a patch of ice plants and led to double bogey, and then popped up his tee shot on the 17th on his way to another bogey.

All that affected was the score. It kept him from another big margin of victory, though the message was clear about his game long before that.

One week after he missed the cut in Abu Dhabi, he ruled at Torrey Pines.

It was his 75th career win, seven short of Snead’s PGA Tour record.

‘‘It got a little ugly toward the end,’’ Woods said. ‘‘I started losing patience a little bit with the slow play. I lost my concentration a little bit.’’

He rallied with a two-putt par on the 18th hole to win by four shots over defending champion Brandt Snedeker and Josh Teater.

Woods was eight shots ahead with five holes to play when he stumbled his way to the finish line, perhaps from having to kill time waiting on the group ahead. Erik Compton, Steve Marino, and Brad Fritsch had an entire par 5 open ahead of them at the end of the round.

‘‘I think he wanted to send a message,’’ said Hunter Mahan, who shares a swing coach with Woods. ‘‘I think deep down he did.”

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