Originally posted on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 1/31/13
Photo Credit: Jake Roth USA Today Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson entered the Farmers Insurance Open coming off disappointing finishes the previous week. Tiger didn’t even make it to the weekend, missing the cut at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Phil, on the other hand, did make the cut, but only finished in a tie for thirty-seventh. It’s safe to say that both came into Torrey Pines with a chip on his shoulder, but one came away without one. The first round went well for Tiger and not too badly for Phil. Tiger finished his round with a 68, four-under. Phil finished, just like the previous week’s first round, with a 72, even-par. Tiger was only three strokes behind the leaders, K.J. Choi and Brandt Snedeker, who both shot a seven-under 65. Phil would still be in contention if he produced a better second round. He did produce a better second round, but not much better as he cut one stroke off his first-round score as he finally got into red numbers after a 71. Tiger, on the other hand, remained in red numbers as he surged to the top of the leader-board after a second-round 65. Still, he only led by two strokes over Billy Horschel. Thanks to Mother Nature and fog postponing the third round to Sunday, Phil got a much-needed break on Saturday. But, the break appeared to hurt Phil as he fell down the leader-board after a third-round 75. Tiger did what seemed impossible during the majors last year as he increased his lead on the weekend after a third-round 69 to go to 14-under overall. The fourth round got under way on Sunday as Phil had no chance of contending and Tiger continued his great play as he birdied three of the seven holes he completed on Sunday. This left him at 17-under, six strokes ahead of the field. On Monday, it was more of the same for Tiger as he knew his lead and focused on paring every hole. He accomplished this in his first five holes, which were not one-through-five but instead were eight-through-twelve. He got sick of pars as he birdied the par-five thirteenth to improve to 18-overall. Another improvement was his lead, which blossomed to eight strokes with five holes remaining. It appeared that Tiger took his foot off the gas on these final five holes as he went bogey-double bogey-par-bogey-par. Tiger blamed it on the slow pace of play in his news conference, emphasizing his impatience with the group ahead of him. However, he couldn’t help but smile after he won, for the seventh time, the Farmers Insurance Open. Tiger answered any questions that the skeptics had with his whopping four-stroke victory that reminded a lot of people of the old Tiger that finished tournaments on the weekend. Phil reminded the skeptics why they are questioning him as he finished in a tie for fifty-first. After their first tournaments of 2013 were about the same, Tiger and Phil went in opposite directions at the Farmers Insurance Open as Tiger reminds all of us why he has won 75 times on the PGA Tour and Phil reminds us why he hasn’t won more than one PGA Tour tournament in each of the past three seasons. -O’Shea
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Urban Meyer considering using J.T. Barrett in the red zone

Report: Giants 'hopeful' Pierre-Paul can return for final month

Report: Bills hosting Trent Richardson for workout

Report: ‘Weekend-long bender’ prompted CC Sabathia’s rehab

Knicks coach: Porzingis is part-Dirk Nowitzki, part-Pau Gasol

Michael Bennett dislikes Stafford because of JFK assassination


Tedy Bruschi: Always Feels Good To Beat Cowboys

Kentucky and Duke set for 1st meeting since 2012

Michael Bennett calls out Seahawks owner to pay Kam Chancellor

WATCH: Officials blow call on illegal bat, cost Lions game

Zdeno Chara placed on IR, may not miss any games for Bruins

Auburn WR Duke Williams dismissed from the program

Steve Weatherford: Navigating life as a veteran NFL free agent

What pushed the Toronto Blue Jays to the AL East title?

NFL power rankings at the quarter mark of the 2015 season

Some surprising NHL veterans cut from rosters

JR Smith sinks half-court shot to win military member $30K

MLB X-factors to watch in Wild Card games

Seven NFL head coaches already on the hot seat

10 rookies who could become MLB postseason heroes

CC Sabathia and a history of Yankees with alcoholism

Why the NL Wild Card Game makes or breaks Chicago

WATCH: Kam Chancellor saves game for Seahawks

Jim McElwain, Florida and the art of culture

Who could be baseball’s next breakout postseason superstar?

Golf News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

10 rookies who could be playoff heroes

X-factors to watch in Wild Card games

Texas Rangers ups their concessions game for the postseason

College playoff: Five teams that hurt themselves

College playoff: Five teams that helped themselves

Could this be the Carolina Panthers season?

Michael Irvin: Cowboys have no chance against Patriots Sunday

Melo on requesting a trade: 'Hell no'

Remembering the Angels-Mariners AL West tiebreaker of 1995

Donald Trump: Redskins should keep team name

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker