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January 27 2013

7:28 PM

Woods regains five-stroke edge

LA JOLLA, Caif. -- Just when players were starting to cut into his lead, Tiger Woods responded with back-to-back birdies to reclaim a commanding, five-stroke advantage.

Woods' first birdie came on an 11-foot putt at the third hole. Despite straying right with his tree and coming up short on his approach at No. 4, Woods then managed to chip in from 40 feet to get to 16 under par.

Brandt Snedeker, who has played 11 holes, is 11 under and running out of opportunities to catch the six-time Farmers Insurance Open champion. Nick Watney, on the other hand, has birdied three of his first five holes to join Snedeker.

No one else is in double digits under par. Steve Marino and Casey Wittenberg, who is playing with Woods, are tied at 9 under while Hunter Mahan, Bill Haas, Josh Teater, Luke Guthrie, Brad Fritsch and Erik Compton are another stroke behind. Mahan is the only player in that group playing his second nine.

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