LOS ANGELES • Brandt Snedeker's stellar three-under 69 in brutal weather on Sunday proved enough to see the American lift the trophy at Torrey Pines on Monday as the weather-delayed Farmers Insurance Open concluded.
The golfer had been simply sensational on Sunday, when gusting winds and spells of driving rain forced three delays and pushed scores up at Torrey Pines.
The 35-year-old, who described it as "like playing a British Open on a US Open set-up", had built a 72-hole total of six-under 282 when play was halted on Sunday afternoon with most of the field still to finish.
Jimmy Walker was seven under on the course and South Korean veteran K.J. Choi at six under, both with eight holes to play.
Although the sun was out on Monday, winds were still so strong that spectators were banned from the course - where several trees had toppled overnight - and neither Walker nor Choi could get into the clubhouse ahead of Snedeker - the only player to break par in the final round.
"You would not imagine what was going through my head," Snedeker said of his anxious night spent worrying about the weather and whether he was really likely to find himself collecting his eighth PGA Tour title.
He was at the 18th green watching when Choi missed a long birdie attempt at his final hole that would have forced a play-off.
Instead, Choi settled for a par and a 76 that gave him sole second place on 283, one shot in front of Kevin Streelman who posted a 74 for 284.
Walker closed with a 77 for 285 that put him joint fourth with Sweden's Freddie Jacobsen, who carded a final-round 76.
Snedeker, who started the final round on Sunday morning six shots off the pace, said it was "unbelievable" to find himself hoisting the trophy. "I thought I was out of the tournament starting on Sunday morning," he said.
Perhaps he should have known better, however, since he won the 2012 title at Torrey Pines despite heading into the final round seven shots off the lead.
His victory also came after he made the cut with nothing to spare on Friday, the first time a player has gone on to win from such a position since 2010.
AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS