Sunday Preview – PGA Tour – Farmers Insurance Open – Torrey Pines – La Jolla, California –
On the heels of Phil Mickelson’s withdraw at the Farmers Insurance Open Friday night, Tiger Woods struggled Saturday in the third round and missed the secondary cut.
Woods looked rusty and out-of-sync all week at a venue where he has eight victories including the 2008 U.S. Open. He shot 79 and failed to make the cut to play Sunday. For the first time since 1992, neither Tiger nor Phil will be playing in the final round at Torrey Pines in this event.
Battling major championship type conditions at Torrey Pines South Course, Gary Woodland survived as the 54-hole leader at 8-under overall.
Woodland, who was a 66-to-1 pick at Skybet.com to start the week, reached 10-under before a double-bogey at No. 17 in round three. Woodland, coached by Butch Harmon the last two seasons, finished 37th on the PGA Tour Money List a year ago making 22 of 26 cuts. He also finished 4th in Driving Distance. He is 57th in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Jordan Spieth slumped out of the gate as the overnight leader Saturday. Sitting 4-over through five holes, he rallied to stay in the mix at 7-under. He is T-2 alongside Marc Leishman heading into the final round chasing Woodland.
Pat Perez and Morgan Hoffman are T-4 at 6-under and just two back. A host of players are 5-under including Roy Ishikawa, Rory Sabbatini, Andres Romero and Nicolas Colsaerts.
While TV ratings won’t be as solid with Tiger and Phil on Sunday, look for an entertaining finale at Torrey Pines. The course conditions will test players and rattled those less confident early in the season.
Other Golf News:
- Na Yeon Choi (15-under) leads the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic heading into the final round Sunday. Lizette Salas, looking for her first victory on the LPGA Tour, is a shot back. Paula Creamer and Jessica Korda are T-3 at 12-under. Creamer survived a late triple bogey Saturday.
- Former Open champion Stewart Cink and Colsaerts – both playing in the final group Saturday at the Farmers Insurance Open – struggled. Cink shot 79 to slip out of contention. Colsaerts shot 75, but still has a shot Sunday with a solid round.
- Rory McIlroy, Woods and Fred Couples are featured at the European Tour’s Omega Desert Dubai Classic next week.
- Leishman, 68th in the world rankings, finished last season 60th on the PGA Tour Money List making 16 of 23 cuts. His most memorable tournament was the Masters, when he opened with a 66 and went on to finish T-4.