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Torrey Pines may be Tiger Woods' territory, but he hasn't won here since 2008. His performance for much of Sunday at the Farmers Insurance Open, though, was reminiscent of his play during those simpler years.
Woods shot 3-under-par 69 to take a four-shot lead into the final round, which was to start Sunday after a short break and complete Monday.
Woods was six strokes ahead until he reached the par-5 18th, which he bogeyed after finding a bunker off the tee and with his third shot.
Brad Fritsch, a 35-year-old rookie off the Web.com Tour, was Woods' closest pursuer at the end of the third round. He birdied No. 18 to reach 10 under par. Fritsch is trying to extend this streak: A 2012 Web.com Tour graduate has finished first or second in each of the season's first two full-field events.
Woods was victorious the last time he played on a Monday at Torrey Pines. That was in the 2008 US Open, where he needed 19 holes to dispatch of Rocco Mediate.
This is Woods' largest 54-hole lead since the 2009 BMW Championship. Of course, he's held the third-round lead only once since then as he has gone through his personal crisis and a prolonged rebuilding process.
He missed only two fairways on the front nine Sunday, often twirling his driver as another ball found the fairway. He missed only three greens. Four of Woods' five birdies came on putts of 3 feet or less. The other was completed by a 6-foot putt.
If Woods hangs on, it will be his eighth PGA Tour victory at Torrey Pines. He has won the Farmers Insurance Open and its various incarnations six times, as well as that 2008 US Open. He' has won a major in five of the six seasons during which he won the Farmers Insurance Open. Of course, those victories came during some of his most successful seasons. No one knows what this season holds for Woods, but he's off to a good start in his PGA Tour debut.
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(Eds: With AP Photos.) By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer Tiger Woods hates the question, even though the answer should be simple enough.
Is he back?
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Tiger Woods holds the winner’s trophy after his -14 under victory during the Final Round at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course yesterday in La Jolla, California. This must be the reason Tiger is back on his game.-TO
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