In a tournament that was up for grabs, Scott Stallings hit a 4-iron worthy of a winner Sunday in the Farmers Insurance Open.
Stallings was in a five-way tie for the lead when he hit his second shot on the par-5 18th hole as hard as he could. It was enough to barely clear the water, and he took two putts from 40 feet for birdie and a 4-under 68 at Torrey Pines in San Diego.
That was enough for a one-shot victory when no one could catch him. It was the third career PGA Tour victory for Stallings.
K.J. Choi had the best score of the week on the South Course with a 66 and was among those who tied for second. The pins were set up in favorable positions for birdies, making the course play the easiest it had all week.
But that didn’t make it easy — not for Gary Woodland, Jordan Spieth, Pat Perez, and so many others who squandered a good chance to win.
Woodland appeared to have the best chance to catch Stallings. He was one shot behind — with plenty of length to reach the 18th in two — until he chose fairway metal off the tee on No. 17 and hooked it into the canyon. He felt he had to make his 45-foot par putt to have any chance, and three-putted for double bogey. Woodland, who had a one-shot lead going into the final round, missed an easy birdie attempt on 18 and closed with a 74.
Marc Leishman had the last chance to force a playoff, but his drive on the 18th went well right and bounced off the cart path and a fan. He had no shot at the green in two, and his wedge for an eagle stopped a few feet to the side of the hole. His tap-in birdie gave him a 71 and a share of second.
Stallings finished at 9-under 279.
Jason Day (68) and Graham DeLaet of Canada (68) each made birdie on the last hole to tie for second. So did Perez, who missed a 10-foot birdie chance on the 17th. He closed with a 70.
Spieth (75) didn’t make a birdie over the last 15 holes.
LPGA — At Paradise Island, Jessica Korda won the season-opening Bahamas LPGA Classic for her second tour title, holing a 6-foot birdie putt on the final hole to beat Stacy Lewis by a stroke.
The 20-year-old Korda closed with a 7-under 66 for a 19-under 273 total on Atlantis Resort’s Ocean Club course. Lewis parred the final four holes — two of them par 5s — for a 66.
Korda earned $195,000 and is projected to jump from 40th to 26th in the world rankings.
Paula Creamer, paired with Korda all four days, had a 69 to tie for third with Na Yeon Choi, Lizette Salas, and Pornanong Phatlum at 16 under. Lydia Ko, the 16-year-old making her first start as an LPGA Tour member, had a 68 to tie for seventh at 15 under.