The West Coast swing had already been a wild adventure, so it was only fitting to cap it with another wacky adventure.
Robert Allenby's victory ended the nine-tournament swing with nine different winners, and none of them named Tiger Woods. With 20 percent of the season complete, the only sure thing is there are no sure things this year on the PGA Tour.
Allenby proved one more time that while he may be shaky in regulation, he's deadly in sudden death. The win gives him three playoff victories in 10 months on the PGA Tour, and he's a perfect 7-0 worldwide for his career.
After weeks of watching scoring records, Riviera Country Club was the winner this week. Take a long, narrow course, add some wind and cold, and suddenly par-4s become a challenge and par-5s are not eagle opportunities.
The conditions also showed how putting on pristine greens have made a difference in scoring this year. With wet, sloppy greens, birdies were not dropping for anyone on the weekend.
Despite his final-round collapse, Davis Love III leaves the West Coast with his head held high. He had a first, second, eighth and 10th among his five starts, and has won more than $1.2 million. His game and confidence are sharp, putting him on track for a fine performance at Augusta in just six weeks.
Bob Tway also leaves California with a strong start. Still winless since 1995, the former PGA champion had a second, third and fourth on the West Coast swing.
Woods, meanwhile, is battling his own stature as he heads East. The "slump" amounts to five starts with a finish no worse than 13th. Just about everyone on tour would take that record.
-- Greg Robertson
ESPN Golf Online