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January 27 2013

5:06 PM

Woods solid with third-round leads

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.

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