Gary Woodland didn’t have to overpower the par 5s to take the lead at Torrey Pines.
Woodland found his five birdies elsewhere Saturday on another tough day of scoring on the South Course for a 2-under 70, giving him a one-shot lead over 20-year-old Jordan Spieth (75) and Marc Leishman (72) going into the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego.
That final round won’t include a familiar figure.
Defending champion Tiger Woods, an eight-time winner at Torrey Pines, went seven straight holes making bogey or worse on his way to a 79. That not only matched his highest score on American soil, he failed to make the 54-hole cut.
Woods had said at the start of the week that he hasn’t seen Torrey this tough since the US Open he won in 2008. It sure looks that way.
Woodland is at 8-under 208. It was the highest 54-hole score to lead this tournament since Dave Rummells at 4-under 212 in 1993.
European — Sergio Garcia birdied the third extra hole to beat Mikko Ilonen in a playoff and win the Qatar Masters in Doha for his second victory in three events.
Garcia birdied six of his last 12 for a 7-under 65, forcing Ilonen to make an 18-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to force the playoff with a 66. They both finished at 16-under 272.
LPGA — Na Yeon Choi shot a 7-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead over Lizette Salas (66) after three rounds of the season-opening Bahamas LPGA Classic at Paradise Island.
Jessica Korda (72) and Paula Creamer (71) each eagled the 18th to reach 12 under. Creamer also holed a sand wedge from 82 yards for an eagle on 11.