January 26 2013
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
LA JOLLA, Calif. -- Want to know how you pass the time on a day like Saturday when fog put the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open in a holding pattern?
Well, Brandt Snedeker got to Torrey Pines about 5 a.m. local time to prepare for his 7:40 tee time with John Huh and Bryce Molder. The defending champ warmed up two more times and in between, he did the best he could to keep his mind off the intermittable wait.
"You catch up with some guys you haven't seen in a while," Snedeker said. "You do a lot of storytelling. You eat four or five times and try to pass the time as best as possible."
"You don't want to think about the golf course right now. You just want to have fun and keep your mind fresh and not think about what you have to do over the next day."
Weather delays are a part of the job on the PGA TOUR. Saturday's has lasted all but five minutes from 7:20 a.m. local time until play was called at 4 p.m. PT
"We have these days from time to time," Snedeker said. "We kind of know what to do. ... You realize it's a different week, and could be a Monday finish now and be ready for that."
Snedeker, who is 4 under and seven strokes off the pace being set by Tiger Woods, did manage some quality time on the putting green, though. The man who led the PGA TOUR in strokes gained putting a year ago struggled in the second round and shot a 75 that included consecutive three-putts.
"I feel like the game is where it needs to be and hopefully it will be there for me tomorrow, too," Snedeker said.
Sunday's third round will bring a sense of urgency for those players chasing Woods, who is a six-time champion at Torrey Pines.
"Tomorrow you'll have to go low," Snedeker said. "It's going to be a weird day. You'll play a lot of golf tomorrow, and probably play more than 18 holes. We need to get out here with the mindset that we need to make a lot of birdies, try to get back in contention and do as well as you can."