LA JOLLA, Calif. -- In case you've been living under a rock for the last decade or so, Tiger Woods is pretty much money when it comes to converting third-round leads into victory.
Woods, who enters the final 18 holes of the Farmers Insurance Open six strokes ahead of the field, has had the third-round lead 53 times in his career and gone on to win 49 times. His record in majors is even better as only Y.E. Yang at the 2009 PGA denied Woods in the 15 times he's held the 54-hole lead.
When he holds the lead, Woods' final-round scoring average is 69.17. Three of his six titles in the Farmers Insurance Open have come when he was the third-round pacesetter and in those, he closed with rounds of 65 (1999), 68 (2003) and 71 (2008) on the South Course.
Woods, whose average margin of victory at the Farmers Insurance Open is 3.17 strokes, teed off at 6:10 p.m. ET. He is trying to make the Farmers Insurance Open the third PGA TOUR event he has won seven times.
LA JOLLA, Calif. -- Tiger Woods is cruising on the back nine at Torrey Pines during the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open.
The six-time champion just birdied the par-5 13th hole to extend his lead to six strokes. Woods, who has played the par 5s in 11 under so far this week,, is working on a remarkable 43rd sub-par round in 50 trips around Torrey Pines.
Woods owns the record for the 54-hole lead at the Farmers Insurance Open of eight strokes in his 2008 victory. Nick Watney, Brad Fritsch and Josh Teater are his nearest competitors at 9 under.
As the leaders get closer to the 54-hole finish line, the fourth round of the Farmers Insurance Open has begun.
LA JOLLA, Calif. -- A 7-foot birdie putt on the 10th hole has returned Tiger Woods' lead at the Farmers Insurance Open to four strokes.
Woods, a six-time winner of the PGA TOUR event at Torrey Pines, is 3 under for the day and 14 under for the tournament. He has hit 6 of 8 fairways and 8 of 10 greens in regulation so far while taking just 16 putts.
Nick Watney, the 2009 Farmers Insurance Open champ, and TOUR rookie Brad Fritsch continue to give chase. Watney is 3 under through 11 holes while Fritsch has played 10 in 2 under.
Defending champion Brandt Snedeker, who had a disappointing 75 in the second round, has worked his way back into the top 10. He has just finished off a 69 but has considerable ground to make up at 7 under for the tournament.
LA JOLLA, Calif. -- Rookie Brad Fritsch, who needs a top-10 finish to avoid a sprint to Phoenix to see if he can Monday qualify for the Waste Management Phoenix Open, is hanging tough so far at Torrey Pines.
The Campbell (N.C.) University grad birdied two of his first six holes and has moved to 10 under which puts him in a tie for second place with Nick Watney, three strokes off the pace being set by Tiger Woods.
Fritsch, who tied for seventh at q-school and finished 18th on the Web.com Tour money list last year, has played eight holes. Watney, the Sacramento, Calif., native who picked up his fifth PGA TOUR victory at The Barclays last fall, just made the turn in 3 under to join him at 10 under for the tournament.
Josh Teater and Steve Marino are another stroke behind. Teater is playing with Watney, the 2009 champ at Torrey Pines, while Marino is in the penultimate group with Fritsch. Both are 1 under for the day.
The final round will begin at 3:50 p.m. ET. Players will not be repaired in an attempt to complete as many holes as possible. Sunset is expected at 8:16 p.m. ET.
LA JOLLA, Calif. -- Tiger Woods needed a mere 42 inches to extend his lead to four strokes during the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open.
Woods made a 7-inch birdie putt at the second hole and another from 2 feet, 12 inches at No. 3 to move to 13 under. He had more work to do at the fourth, two-putting for par from 43 feet but he's still got a comfortable advantage as the sun breaks through the clouds at Torrey Pines.
Rookie Brad Fritsch, Erik Compton and Steve Marino, who is on the comeback trail after tearing the miniscus in his left knee, are tied for second at 9 under. They are playing together in the penultimate group and each is 1 under for the day.
LA JOLLA, Calif. -- Tiger Woods, Billy Horschel and Casey Wittenburg have now hit their drives off the first tee at the South Course Sunday morning.
So everyone who survived the 36-hole cut at the Farmers Insurance Open is finally on the course and playing golf. It's overcast and cool but there is no sign of the fog that forced two separate suspensions of play on Saturday for a total of 8 hours and 40 minutes.
Woods took a two-stroke advantage into the third round of a tournament he has won six times. We'll know on Monday whether the world No. 2 is able to pick up his seventh -- making the Farmers Insurance Open the third event he has won that many times.
Another low pressure system is approaching and will bring winds that gust in the 20 mph range this afternoon to add to the challenge. Monday will be partly cloudy and a bit cooler with highs in the upper 50s.
The fog has lifted -- for now -- and the third round finally got back under way as scheduled at 10 a.m. ET on Sunday in the Farmers Insurance Open. The leaders will tee off at 12:10 p.m. ET.
The plan is for the field to play as many holes as possible on Sunday. The field will not be re-paired after the third round. Weather permitting, the final round will begin later Sunday and conclude on Monday.