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Farmers Insurance Open final round delayed by dangerous winds

SAN DIEGO — Brandt Snedeker called it one of the best rounds he has played. Still to be determined was whether his 3-under 69 in a raging wind and occasional rain Sunday at Torrey Pines would be good enough to win the Farmers Insurance Open.

He has to wait until today to find out.

Not long after Snedeker finished, the final round was suspended for the third and final time because of unplayable conditions. The wind was so fierce that the South Course was evacuated as the gusts started to push out windows in tents.

Stewart Williams, a meteorologist for the PGA Tour, said the peak gust was between 50 and 55 mph. Today's play will be closed to the public, and the only volunteers on duty will be drivers of evacuation vans for the players.

"It's like playing a British Open on a U.S. Open setup," Snedeker said.

He delivered a major performance. Snedeker played the final 17 holes without bogey. Of the 23 players who finished the round, 11 shot in the 80s, and their average score was 78.9.

Snedeker's one regret was not getting up-and-down for birdie on the par-5 18th hole, fearing that might leave him short of another unlikely victory at Torrey Pines.

He posted at 6-under 282.

As he stood on the 18th tee with the wind at his back, the final group of Jimmy Walker, K.J. Choi and Scott Brown was above him on the ninth tee headed in the other direction. When play was halted, Walker was at 7 under, one shot ahead of Snedeker and Choi. The final group was through 10 holes.

"This course is so tough," Snedeker said. "It's blowing 25 mph, gusting out there and windy and rainy conditions. It's really tough. I wish I could say why I shot what I shot (Sunday). It was one of those days where you throw everything out of your mind and go play golf land grind as best as you possibly could."

The next best score to Snedeker was Shane Lowry's 73.

LPGA: Hyo Joo Kim won the season-opening Bahamas Classic in Paradise Island, relegating Stacy Lewis to another second-place finish.

Kim rebounded from bogey on the 16th hole with a 9-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th and closed with par for a two-stroke victory over Lewis (68), Sei Young Kim (68) and Anna Nordqvist (69). Lewis has nine runnerup finishes in a 40-event victory drought that dates to June 2014.

Kim, 20, closed with 7-under 66 at the breezy Ocean Club to finish at 18-under 274. Charley Hull, who shared the third-round lead with Nordqvist, shot 71 to finish at 14-under 278.

SPIETH FALLS SHORT: Jordan Spieth finished runnerup at the Singapore Open after South Korea's Song Young-han held his nerve to beat the world No. 1 by a stroke. Among 13 players back at Sentosa Golf Club at the break of dawn after the final round was suspended because of a thunderstorm, Spieth completed a final round of 5-under 66 to finish at 11-under 273. Song resumed on 16 at 12 under and parred out to win the co-sanctioned Asian and Japan tours event.

Farmers Insurance Open final round delayed by dangerous winds 01/31/16 [Last modified: Sunday, January 31, 2016 9:28pm]
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