The 2013 Farmers Insurance Open was originally supposed to conclude right around 6 p.m. ET on Sunday. It won't end by then, but the outcome of the tournament has likely been decided. Tiger Woods appears to be on his way to his seventh win at this event, and eighth professional career victory on the South Course at Torrey Pines.
Due to heavy fog on Saturday, only a handful of golfers got off the first tee before Tour officials decided to scrap play for the day. Woods sat around, holding onto a two-shot lead built on his fantastic short game on Thursday and dominance of the North Course par-5s on Friday.
Sunday's third round provided some pre-2009 vintage Tiger, as Woods extended his two-shot lead by taking advantage of the par-5s and watching the over-matched competition stumble all around him. He is in complete control of his game, from tee to green. The driver was relatively steady off the tee, his iron and approach game was sharp, and his putting stroke handled the unpredictable poa annua California greens with which he's so familiar.
He started the day quickly, throwing darts at the flag stick on the second and third holes for tap-in birdies. It became clear that his playing partners, Casey Wittenberg and Billy Horschel, would be along for the ride and not pushing him. Tiger's game from 130 yards and in was the difference throughout Sunday's third round. But when his approach shots weren't struck within 10 feet, he steadily lagged his putts for tap-in pars.
Nick Watney provided the one momentary threat of the day, when he closed the lead to two shots as he made the turn. But back-to-back bogeys by Watney on Nos. 11 and 12 re-opened the gap to four, and Woods added birdies on 10 and 13 to push the lead to many as six shots.
By the end of the third round, Woods doubled his lead to four shots. Perhaps he provided a glimmer of hope to the rest of the field when, for the first time in his career, he carded a bogey on the par-5 18th hole at the South Course.
Woods will now have 30 minutes before he begins the final 18, which won't be finished until Monday. Horschel and Wittenberg will play with Woods again, as the Tour decided not to repair groups and send everyone off again for the fourth round. Tiger was clearly angered by the sloppy final hole and missed opportunity, but he looks to be in complete control and on his way to a 75th career win.
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