He won the tournament for the seventh time, one behind the record held by Sam Snead, who won the Greater Greensboro Open eight times. It was the eighth time Woods won at Torrey Pines, which includes his playoff win in the 2008 U.S Open.
This one was never close.
Woods built a six-shot lead with 11 holes to play when the final round of the fog-delayed tournament was suspended Sunday by darkness. He returned Monday - a late-morning restart because CBS Sports wanted to show it in the afternoon on the East Coast - and looked stronger than ever until the tournament dragged to a conclusion.
Having to wait on every tee and from every fairway - or the rough, in his case - Woods made bogey from the bunker on the 14th, hooked a tee shot on the 15th that went off the trees and into a patch of ice plant and led to double bogey, and then popped up his tee shot on the 17th on his way to another bogey.
All that affected was the score. It kept him from another big margin of victory, though the message was clear about his game long before that.
One week after he missed the cut in Abu Dhabi, he ruled at Torrey Pines.
It was his 75th career win, seven short of the Snead's all-time tour record.
"It got a little ugly toward the end," Woods said. "I started losing patience a little bit with the slow play. I lost my concentration a little bit."
He rallied with a two-putt par on the 18th hole to win by four shots over defending champion Brandt Snedeker and Josh Teater, who had the best finish of his career.
Like so many of Woods' big wins, the only drama was for second place.
Brad Fritsch, the rookie from Canada, birdied his last two holes for a 75. That put him into a tie for ninth, however, making him eligible for the Phoenix Open next week.
Fritsch had been entered in the Monday qualifier that he had to abandon when the Farmers Insurance Open lost Saturday to a fog delay.
Woods effectively won the tournament in the final 2 hours Sunday, when he stretched his lead to six shots with only 11 holes to play. Nick Watney made a 10-foot birdie putt on the par-5 ninth when play resumed to get within five shots, only to drop three shots on the next five holes.
Everyone else started too far behind, and Woods wasn't about to come back to them.
More than his 75th career win, it was a strong opening statement for what could be a fascinating 2013.
Before anyone projects a monster year for Woods based on one week - especially when that week is at Torrey Pines - remember that he just missed the cut last week in Abu Dhabi.
Woods said he wasn't playing much differently, and would have liked two more rounds in the Middle East. Instead, a two-shot penalty for a bad drop sent him home.
Still, in healthier and happier times he usually was sharp coming after a long layoff. Throw out the trip to the Arabian Gulf, and he is.
Woods is not likely to return to golf until the Match Play Championship next month.