Everything became perfectly clear Sunday at Torrey Pines. Tiger Woods was on his game and headed toward another win.
Woods seized control in the fog-delayed Farmers Insurance Open with a strong driving performance that carried him to a 3-under 69 and a four-shot lead after the third round. Even when he got a little wild off the tee late in chilly afternoon of the fourth round, he still made birdies to stretch his lead to six shots when play was suspended by darkness.
Woods has 11 holes left to play when the round resumes today.
"It was a long day … and I played well today," Woods said. "Overall, I'm very pleased that I was able to build on my lead."
Thick fog washed out all of Saturday, forcing players to go from sunrise to sunset Sunday. They finished the third round, took about 30 minutes for lunch and went right back onto the golf course. CBS wants to televise the conclusion, so the round will not resume until 2 p.m. EST. (Golf Channel, 2 p.m.; CBS, Ch. 10, 4 p.m.)
Woods was at 17-under par for the tournament.
Defending champion Brandt Snedeker was 4 under through 13 holes of the final round and he was not making up much ground on Woods. Snedeker was at 11 under, along with Nick Watney, who was through eight holes.
Woods finished 54 holes at 14-under 202 and was four shots ahead of Canadian rookie Brad Fritsch. It was the 16th time in his PGA Tour career that Woods had a 54-hole lead of at least four shots.
Fritsch birdied the last hole of the third round for a 70 to finish at 206. Erik Compton finished birdie-eagle for a 71 and was alone in third through 54 holes, five shots behind. When someone asked him about chasing Woods, Compton started laughing.
"I'm trying to chase myself," he said.
Woods has won seven times at Torrey Pines as a pro, including a U.S. Open, and another win today would give him the most wins on any course. He also has seven wins at Bay Hill and Firestone. Sam Snead won the Greater Greensboro Open eight times, but only four times on one course.
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