January 25 2013
LA JOLLA, Calif. -- Tiger Woods is clearly in his element Friday as he lengthens his lead to three strokes at the Farmers Insurance Open.
The six-time tournament champion birdied the first and second holes on the North Course, his 10th and 11th of the day, to get to 10 under for the tournament. Woods has played his last four holes in 5 under -- thanks in part to that eagle on the 18th.
Charles Howell, who has finished third and second the last two weeks, continues his red-hot play. He heads a group at 7 under that also includes K.J. Choi, Luke Guthrie, John Senden, Luke List, Billy Horschel and Ross Fisher.
Mike Weir, who appears poised to make his first cut in 18 starts, is among a group of eight players at 6 under. He's even par and is playing the more difficult South Course.
Also at 6 under are Harris English, Nick Watney, Erik Compton, Tag Ridings, Vijay Singh, Josh Teater and Justin Hicks. Of that group, Compton has the best round going -- he's 5 under through 10 holes on the North Course.
There are currently 70 players at 2 under or better. That number does not include San Diego's favorite son, Phil Mickelson, who has made two birdies and two bogeys in his first six holes on the South Course to remain at even par for the tournament.
Robert Allenby joined Jason Kokrak in withdrawing after nine holes. citing an injury to his left hip. Troy Kelly and Blake Adams withdrew prior to the round.