Watson Edges Mickelson in Torrey Pines Thriller
Bubba Watson held off a charging Phil Mickelson to win the Farmer Insurance Open at Torrey Pines on Sunday.
Watson made a 12-foot birdie on the 18th to finish with a final-round 67 and a 272 total, one shot clear of Mickelson, who started the fourth day tied for the lead. Mickelson had a chance to force a playoff in his final hole, but his eagle attempt from 72 yards failed to find the mark. He settled for a birdie to close with a 69 and a 273 four-round total to finish in solo second spot. Dustin Johnson and Jhonattan Vegas, the Venezuelan rookie who won the Bob Hope Classic last week, finished tied for third.
Finishing his final round ahead of the main pack and seemingly unnoticed by the Torrey Pines gallery was Tiger Woods, who had won his last five tournaments at the San Diego course. Woods began the day eight shots behind the leaders but quickly faded away to end up in 44th place—his worst start to the season since he turned pro in 1997.