Tiger Woods sends message to Rory McIlroy about who will rule the waves
Tiger Woods not only scattered the field with his record eighth victory in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in California on Monday, he proved that he is still the reference point at the heart of golf. "I don't know if anybody would have beaten him this week," said Nick Watney, who chased Woods for most of the tournament before finishing fourth. "He's definitely on his game."
Hunter Mahan, who also works with Woods's coach, Sean Folley, said: "I think he wanted to send a message. I think deep down he did. You play some games to try to motivate yourself. There's been so much talk about Rory [McIlroy]. Rory is now with Nike. That would be my guess."
The world No 2, who had a commemorative "Malibu" style surfboard handed to him along with the $1.098m (£696,700) winner's cheque, could afford to drop four shots coming in and still win by four, his seventh victory at the event. "It got a little ugly towards the end. I lost my concentration a bit," Woods said.
"Playing the way I did for most of this tournament, until the last five holes, I felt like I should have won. I put myself in a position where I had a big enough lead, That is basically how I felt like I played all week."
elephant appealThe first 23 lots in our charity auction have now gone. But there are 22 more still up for grabs
musicPolice chief rejects rappers' claims that his work is as dangerous as law enforcement or military service
comedy'Fresh Meat' star sees off stiff competition from Alan Carr, David Mitchell, Graham Norton, Lee Mack and Sarah Millican to win top prize
Beatles rush out 'bootleg' album to defy EU copyright law
healthJames Bond's alcohol consumption puts him at 'high risk' of cirrhosis, tremors... and impotence
tvSpoiler alert: Find out the result of a heated final show
Harvey Weinstein reveals his secret weapon on-set
Now that an oil trader's drinking has got him sacked, will we all have to make do with an afternoon latte?
Chiwetel Ejiofor and Idris Elba get nods for Best Actor, which no black Brit has ever won
Geoffrey Macnab reviews The Desolation of Smaug - the meat in Peter Jackson's Hobbit sandwich
peopleWhat advice would David Cameron give to his younger self?
Latest in Sport
World Cup 2014: Football Manager developers predict the team of the tournament - but which England player makes it into the XI?
Transfer news: Manchester United step up chase for Internazionale midfielder Fredy Guarin - reports
Ashes 2013/14 third Test: Is Waca on the way out?
Manchester City should have known rules in Bayern Munich match, says Rafa Benitez
Champions League last 16 draw 2013: Who could Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United meet?
- 1 French café starts charging extra to rude customers
- 2 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 3 Australia incest case: Deformed children found in remote farming community after generations of inbreeding
- 4 Physicists discover 'clearest evidence yet' that the Universe is a hologram
- 5 Fox News presenter tells viewers it is a 'fact' that both Jesus and Santa Claus are white