Tiger Woods confirmed his fondness for Torrey Pines by taking a six-stroke lead in the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open, a PGA Tour event scheduled to end Monday.
SAN DIEGO — Because of fog that wiped out virtually an entire day of golf Saturday, the Farmers Insurance Open was never going to end Sunday.
Tiger Woods just made it look as if the PGA Tour event was over.
Hands thrust in the pockets of his rain pants, Woods walked off Torrey Pines in the chill of twilight with a six-shot lead and 11 more holes standing in the way of winning on the public course along the Pacific Ocean for the eighth time in his pro career.
Play is scheduled to resume at 11:10 a.m. Monday.
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Woods drove the ball with superb control in the third round on his way to a 3-under-par 69 to build a four-shot lead after 54 holes. He lost control with his driver in the fourth round and still managed three birdies in seven holes.
“All we can do tomorrow is go out and try to make him think about it a little bit and see what happens,” said Nick Watney, one of two former winners at Torrey Pines who faced the tough task of trying to make up six shots on Woods.
The other was defending champion Brandt Snedeker.
“I’ve got a guy at the top of the leaderboard that doesn’t like giving up leads,” Snedeker said. “So I have to go catch him.”
Woods was at 17 under for the tournament and will resume his round on the par-3 eighth hole.
Snedeker, who shot a third-round 69, played 13 holes of the final round. Watney played eight holes after a third-round 71. Both were at 11 under.
Woods played 25 holes Sunday. He started with a two-shot lead and tripled it before darkness suspended the final round.
“It was a long day … and I played well today,” Woods said. “Overall, I’m very pleased that I was able to build on my lead.”
Several players went from almost sunrise to sunset Sunday. They finished the third round, took about 30 minutes for lunch, perhaps hit some golf balls on the range and went back onto the course.
Woods finished the third round at 14-under 202 and was four shots ahead of Canadian rookie Brad Fritsch. It was the 16th time in his PGA Tour career Woods had a 54-hole lead of at least four strokes.
Woods is 38-2 on the PGA Tour when he has the outright lead going into the last round. He is seeking his 75th Tour victory.
“I’ve got to make some more birdies,” Snedeker said. “I’ve got a long way to go. I did a great job today of staying patient and playing good golf.”
Woods didn’t bother wearing his traditional Sunday red shirt, knowing the tournament wouldn’t end until the next day.
Woods attributed his lead to “the whole package.”
“I’ve driven the ball well, I’ve hit my irons well, and I’ve chipped and putted well,” he said. “Well, I’ve hit good putts. They all haven’t gone in.”