Sunday's Golf Capsules
Monday, January 30, 2012
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Tiger Woods talked all week about his improved ball control — then it let him down in the final round of the Abu Dhabi Championship.
Woods resembled the Tiger of old the first three rounds before shooting an even-par 72 on Sunday to tie for third behind winner Robert Rock and U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy.
The 117th-ranked Rock shot a 70 to finish at 13-under 275 and beat McIlroy (69) by a shot. Woods was another stroke back along with Thomas Bjorn (68) and Graeme McDowell (68).
"Today I just didn't give myself enough looks at it," Woods said. "Most of my putts were lag putts. I didn't drive the ball in as many fairways as I should have ... It was a day I was just a touch off the tee and consequently I couldn't get the ball close enough."
Woods will make his first PGA Tour start of the season Feb. 9-12 at Pebble Beach.
FARMERS INSURANCE OPEN
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Brandt Snedeker won the Farmers Insurance Open in a playoff no one imagined possible until Kyle Stanley hit a wedge into the water and made triple bogey on the last hole.
Snedeker had a tap-in birdie on the 18th and was so certain he would be the runner-up that he drove up to the media center for an interview, just in time to see Stanley run into trouble.
Both players made birdie on the 18th in the playoff, then Snedeker won on the second extra hole with a 5-foot par putt. Stanley's putt from about the same length caught the right side of the lip.
It was a devastating loss for Stanley, who led by seven shots in the round, and was four shots ahead as he stood on the 17th green.
Snedeker won his third PGA Tour title. He closed with a 5-under 67 to match Stanley (74) at 16 under at Torrey Pines. John Rollins shot a 71 to finish third, two strokes back.