Snedeker wins at Torrey Pines as windswept leaders get blown away


Brandt Snedeker was crowned Farmers Insurance Open champion for a second time after wind, rain and fallen trees led to a delayed finish on Monday.

In what may be one of the most impressive rounds recorded at Torrey Pines - Tiger Woods winning the 2008 U.S. Open on a broken leg is up there, too - Snedeker shot a three-under 69 in the final round on Sunday in horrible conditions to finish the tournament at six under. The next-best round was a one-over 73.

Snedeker, also champion in 2012, shot a four-under 32 on the back nine when everyone was struggling to make par, or bogey in some instances.

He could only watch on a day later as K.J. Choi had a 40-foot putt on the 18th green to force a play-off, but his downhill attempt crept wide left and the South Korean had to settle for second at five under.

A bogey at the 14th proved to be costly for Choi, who finished with a four-over 76 on a day which saw a delayed start as debris had be cleaned up on the course, which took a battering from the weather again.

Jimmy Walker held a one-shot lead at seven under when play ended prematurely on Sunday due to heavy rain and wind, but a 77 ensured he finished tied for fourth with Freddie Jacobson at three under.

Kevin Streelman shot a two-over 74, which was one of the best rounds of the final round, to finish third on four under.

Scott Brown entered the final round tied for the lead at nine under, but suffered through two rough days that ended in a 15-over 87 and finished the tournament at six over.

After finishing third at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and second at the Sony Open, Snedeker added his eighth PGA Tour win and is set to move into the top 15 of the world rankings.

Snedeker declared before the season that he wanted to make the United States Ryder Cup team above all else this year. He entered the season 17th in the standings, but is now all the way up to fifth.