Back on the course where he won the U.S. Open four years ago, Tiger Woods managed to demonstrate a vintage 14-under performance causing the fourth round to stretch into Monday.
Although his previous successes brought Woods closer to the field on the leaderboard, he appeared in a class of his own throughout much of the tournament. Woods carried a six-shot lead into Monday with 11 holes to play, The Huffington Post reports.
It was counted that Tiger Woods 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 U.S Open, CBS News explains.
“It got a little ugly toward the end,” Woods said after the win. “I started losing patience a little bit with the slow play. I lost my concentration a little bit.”
”A win always makes it special, especially the way I played,” Woods said. ”To have not won would have been something else because I really played well.”
“Playing the way I did for most of this tournament, until the very end, the last five holes, I felt like I should have won this tournament. I put myself in a position where I had a big enough lead, and that’s basically how I felt like I played this week. ‘I know I can do that, and it was nice to be able to do it.”
He said in a recent interview: “As I said at the beginning of the week, I’m excited about this year, ” the star said. “I’m excited about what I was able to do last year and win three times coming from where I came from. Then I felt really good about the things that we’re doing and how my game was progressing.”
He continued: “Last week I just made a mistake on the rules, and that’s why I didn’t play the weekend. But I did some really good things there, and I felt like if I could just build on that, which I did, and I drove the ball great this week, and as I said, my short game has come around again.”
“Playing the way I did for most of this tournament, until the very end, the last five holes, I felt like I should have won this tournament. I put myself in a position where I had a big enough lead, and that’s basically how I felt like I played this week. I played that way. I know I can do that, and it was nice to be able to do it.”
As ESPN writes, Tiger Woods is well adrift of world No. 1 Rory McIlroy, but he hopes that a string of positive results will move him into contention for the top spot.
”He wanted to send a message,” said Hunter Mahan, who shares a swing coach with Woods. ”I think deep down he did. You play some games to try to motivate yourself. There’s been so much talk about Rory (McIlroy). Rory is now with Nike. That would be my guess.”