Farmers Insurance Open 2013: Tiger Woods Looks for 8th Victory at Torrey Pines

Daniel ZhuContributor IJanuary 27, 2013

LA JOLLA, CA - JANUARY 27:  Tiger Woods hits a tee shot on the 12th hole during the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open at at Torrey Pines South Golf Course on January 27, 2013 in La Jolla, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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After a stellar three-under par round of 69 on his third round, Tiger Woods is in command once again at Torrey Pines. Woods, who has won on this golf course seven times including six Farmers Insurance Opens and the 2008 U.S. Open, is looking to add his eight career victory at Torrey Pines this week.

The former World No. 1 has been displaying signs of the old Tiger Woods all throughout the week with his dominance on the par-fives and his laser-like precision with his ball striking.

Woods teed off on the South Course on Thursday's first round and got off to a rough start with a double bogey on the fourth hole. He went on to play the next five holes at five-under par, including a hole-out eagle on the par-five 6th from the green side bunker. Woods made two bogeys and two birdies on his inward nine to card a solid round of 68 on the difficult South Course.

Woods went back out on Friday and continued his stellar play with a seven-under par 65 on the easier North Course. He made seven birdies and an eagle on the par-five 18th to vault himself into the lead at 11-under par. Woods headed into the third round with a two stroke advantage, looking to continue his confident play.

Play was suspended on Saturday's third round due to inclement weather, but the delay and the tough conditions out on the course did not derail Woods' momentum on Sunday. He teed off early in the morning to begin his third round and showed flashes of brilliance with his consistent iron play. Woods fired a third-round 69 with a disappointing bogey on the par-five 18th.

Playing in the final group, Woods went back out to the course to begin his final round on Sunday with a five shot lead. Again, Woods showed signs of brilliance after chipping in for birdie on the par-four 4th, and made another routine birdie at the par-five 6th.



Play was suspended once again due to darkness and Tiger will continue his final round on the 8th hole on Monday. He is currently at 17-under par and holds a six shot advantage over Brandt Snedeker and Nick Watney.

With only 11 more holes to play, Woods is in command to capture his seventh Farmers Insurance Open title, which would be his 75th PGA Tour victory. Interestingly, whenever Woods has won this event in the past, he has recorded no less than four victories for the rest of his season. No doubt, should he pull this victory off it would bode well for his confidence through the remainder of the season.