Saturday 10 December 2016

Idle Snedeker lands title after watching rivals falter

William S Callahan

Published 02/02/2016 | 02:30

Snedeker carded a brilliant three-under-par 69 on Sunday, completing his round shortly before play was halted for the day due to unplayable conditions. Photo: Getty
Snedeker carded a brilliant three-under-par 69 on Sunday, completing his round shortly before play was halted for the day due to unplayable conditions. Photo: Getty

Brandt Snedeker won the weather-hit Farmers Insurance Open without hitting a shot yesterday as his closest pursuers succumbed to brutal conditions in southern California.

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Snedeker carded a brilliant three-under-par 69 on Sunday, completing his round shortly before play was halted for the day due to unplayable conditions at Torrey Pines outside San Diego.

He was one stroke behind on-course leader Jimmy Walker at the time but Walker, who had eight holes left, was among those who struggled in the continuing strong and gusty winds when play resumed on Monday.

The event was completed in a surreal atmosphere as players picked their way between gum trees felled by the winds, and competed in funereal silence due to the absence of spectators, who were barred from the course due to the dangerous conditions.

Nobody could match the score posted by Snedeker, who finished at six-under 282 for his eighth career victory on the PGA Tour.

The American finished one stroke ahead of South Korea's KJ Choi, who missed a long birdie putt at the last that would have forced a play-off. Walker tied for fourth, three shots back. Shane Lowry and Paul Dunne finished in a share of 13th position on level-par.

Another weather-delayed tournament, the Singapore Open, ended in victory for South Korean Song Young-han, who held his nerve to edge Jordan Spieth by a shot.

When play resumed yesterday morning, Spieth calmly roll in his birdie putt, but Song did the same and also parred the 17th and 18th to record his first professional victory.

"That one night felt like a week!" the 24-year-old admitted. "It was crazy. I couldn't sleep and I was constantly thinking about putting throughout the night."

Spieth was left to rue shooting 70 in the second and third rounds, but said all the right things and graciously posed for a selfie with Song before the winner's press conference.

"I went to the putting green to practise early in the morning as I knew I had to get that birdie to force a play-off," Spieth said. "It was nerve-racking and I was happy I managed to stroke the ball well and it went in.

"I made some poor decisions in the middle two rounds as I was trying to do a little too much. But overall, it has been a great experience and I had a really good time here."

Elsewhere, Jim Furyk's hopes of competing in the Masters were dealt a major blow with news he needs surgery to resolve a wrist injury and is expected to be sidelined for another three months, his management company said.

Furyk has not competed since he was forced to withdraw after just six holes at the BMW Championship last September due to a bone contusion in his left wrist.

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