Snedeker wins without hitting shot on Monday

Mon Feb 1, 2016 4:12pm EST
 
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - American Brandt Snedeker won the weather-hit Farmers Insurance Open without hitting a shot on Monday as his closest pursuers succumbed to brutal conditions in southern California.

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

He was one stroke behind on-course leader Jimmy Walker at the time and thought it most unlikely his score would hold up for victory.

But Snedeker caught a lucky break when the winds that buffeted the field on Sunday continued to whip across the course on Monday, causing havoc among those who had to complete the round.

Walker, who had eight holes left, was among those who struggled when play resumed at 11am local time.

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.

He finished one stroke ahead of South Korean KJ Choi who missed a long birdie putt at the last that would have forced a playoff.

Walker tied for fourth, three shots back.   Continued...

 
January 31, 2016; La Jolla, CA, USA; Brandt Snedeker hits  from the sixteenth course tee during the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course -  South Course. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports