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January 27 2013

5:37 PM

Woods in familiar spot at Torrey

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

LA JOLLA, Calif. -- Graeme McDowell hasn't ever played in the Farmers Insurance Open but he certainly knows the score.

Here's what he tweeted as Tiger Woods was finishing up a third-round 69 that left him with a four-stroke advantage in the tournament he has won six times. 

"Was thinking of adding @FarmersInsOpen to my schedule next year. Maybe need to reconsider. Tiger owns the place.... #tigerwoodsshow"

Indeed. Woods is four strokes ahead of PGA TOUR rookie Brad Fritsch, who shot 70 in the third round. Defending champ Brandt Snedeker opened with two birdies in the first four holes of his final round to move into a tie at 9 under with Erik Compton, who was playing one group ahead of Woods.

"I played well," Woods said. "I played really, really well. I hit the ball good. I putted really good. ... It seemed like I was always in pretty good position.

Snedeker, you might recall, came from seven strokes off the pace to win at Torrey Pines a year ago. However, he didn't get into that playoff he won until Kyle Stanley triple bogeyed the 72nd hole.

Woods doesn't figure to come back to the field, though. He has a 68.64 scoring average in the final round of the 12 previous Farmers Insurance Opens he's played. And that includes a 75 on Sunday in 2011 when he posted his only finish outside the top 10.

Interestingly, Woods' 69 included his first bogey at the 18th hole in 36 rounds after he drove into a fairway bunker, found a greenside bunker with his third shot and ended up missing a 10-footer for par.

That miscue notwithstanding, Woods has been at his best this week. He ranks 12th in fairways hit after finding eight of 14 in the third round but his 15 greens in regulation was his high for the week. Woods also had 31 putts in the third round.

Woods will tee off at 6:10 p.m. ET in the final round while Fritsch and Compton are scheduled for 10 minutes earlier. Snedeker will likely have completed eight holes about the time Woods steps to the first tee at the South Course. 

The final round will conclude on Monday. CBS will broadcast the remainder of the final round beginning at 4 p.m. ET on Monday.

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