The sun has finally come out at Torrey Pines, and the resumption of play at the Farmers Insurance Open could mean a runaway win for Tiger Woods. The seven-time winner at the South Course has a scoring average of 68.75 on this layout, and he opened his third round on Sunday morning with two massive drives down the middle of the fairway. A two-shot lead quickly became a three-shot lead, and Woods added to that again on his first par-3 of the day to move to 13-under.
At the par-3 third hole, with a scenic backdrop comparable to No. 7 at Pebble, Woods took dead aim at the flagstick and hit the best shot of the day on the hole. From about 200 yards, he sent his tee shot high into the air and dropped it straight down on top of the hole, stopping it two feet from the cup.
There was a bit of a backup at the third hole, with multiple groups on the tee waiting on the par-3. Woods, however, was at ease, cracking jokes with his playing partners and Erik Compton, who's playing in the group ahead of him. But after the lengthy wait, Woods stepped up and fired his second straight dart of an approach shot for a second straight birdie.
Woods had his first miss of the day on the fourth hole, which he double bogeyed the last time he played it in Thursday's first round. Tiger sent his drive way right, over the gallery and across the cart path lining the right side of the fairway. It was the good side to miss, as the cliffs down to the Pacific Ocean line the left side. With that threat looming, Tiger made sure to send it well right.
But unlike Thursday when he hit a spectator, Woods was able to get his approach shot on the green, even if it was more than 40 feet from the hole. He sent a nice lag up a tier to where the hole was, winding it dramatically from right to left to set up an easy two-putt par.
It was looking like the final 27 holes might become a victory march for Woods, but he did finally drop a shot on No. 5 when he could not get up and down from the greenside rough. Woods missed his par putt on the low side, reducing his lead back to three shots. But with no big names making any moves ahead of him, if Woods simply avoids a blow-up hole, he'll have the lead as the final round starts.
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