Tiger headed home as Woodland takes 1-shot lead at Torrey Pines
By Doug Ferguson ,AP
January 27, 2014, 12:26 am TWN
SAN DIEGO -- Gary Woodland made five birdies on another tough day of scoring on Torrey Pines' South Course for a 2-under 70 and a one-shot lead over 20-year-old Jordan Spieth and Marc Leishman of Australia in the Farmers Insurance Open on Saturday.
The final round won't include defending champion Tiger Woods, an eight-time winner at Torrey Pines, as he went seven straight holes making bogey or worse on his way to a 79. That not only matched his highest score on American soil, he failed to make the 54-hole cut.
Woods had said at the start of the week that he hasn't seen Torrey this tough since the U.S. Open he won in 2008.
Spieth had a one-shot lead to start the third round and it was gone quickly. He missed a 30-inch par putt on the opening hole and took a double bogey on No. 5. His biggest putt might have been a 6-footer for par on the 14th, and Spieth looked confident the rest of the way to salvage a 75.
Leishman had a relatively boring round of 72 on a gorgeous day along the Pacific — one birdie, one bogey, 16 pars. That might be what it takes on this monster of course that features rough that might even make the USGA blush.
“If you let bogeys worry you on that golf course, it's going to be a pretty long day,” Leishman said. “You don't have to do a whole lot wrong to have a bogey.”
The average score on the South through three rounds is 74.24, compared with 74.97 during the U.S. Open. And the field for the Farmers Insurance Open is nothing but PGA Tour or European Tour players.
Woodland was at 8-under 208. It was the highest 54-hole score to lead this tournament since Dave Rummells at 4-under 212 in 1993.