Tiger Woods took advantage of playing on the less difficult North Course at Torrey Pines, and shot a seven-under 65 to take a two shot lead over Billy Horschel.
Woods shared the lowest round of the day score with Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton, who also played in the North Course today. As a matter of fact, the best 16 scores of the day were shot on the North Course.
Horschel and Jimmy Walker were among the four players that were just behind that bunch that played at the South Course shooting three-under-par. They are currently in second and tied-for-third place respectively.
Woods started from the 10th hole today and after beginning his round with four consecutive pars, Tiger birdied the Par-5, 14th hole, and the Par-3, 17th.
Then, after a tremendous drive, Woods hit a beautiful 193-yard approach shot on the Par-5 18th hole to seven feet from the hole. He then convertes the putt for eagle and got to eight-under-par as he finished his front nine.
Woods then made the turn back to the first hole, where he birdied holes No. 1 and 2. He closed his round with a birdie-bogey-birdie to finish at 11-under-par and on familiar territory, on top of the leaderboard.
Woods had made another amazing eagle on Thursday's first round. He found the bunker on the sixth hole with his second shot, and then had a make-able sand save. But his third shot landed a few feet from the hole and the downhill slope took the ball to the cup for the eagle.
Woods currently leads the field with 12 birdies and two eagles so far throughout the first two days of play. When he looked at the leaderboard today he should have felt like this is his tournament to lose now, and he could be right.
There is a lack of big names on the immediate leaderboard vecinity of Woods as he heads for the weekend in total control of first place. None of them have won a tournament in their careers. The intimidation factor could be in full display this weekend.
Horschel is in solo second place, one shot off the lead with Walker tied with Casey Wittengberg, Brad Fitsch, Erik Compton, Steve Marino and Josh Teater, two shots behind Woods. None as you can see are household names.
Nick Watney is the only big name within four shots of Woods. He also had two decent first rounds.
Defending champion and Round 1 co-leader, Brandt Snedeker, is now seven shots off the pace after playing his second round at three-over-par, ten more shots than on his opening round. Snedeker played on the South Course today.
K.J. Choi, the first round co-leader, shot one-over-par and is five shots off the lead T16 in a group that includes Charles Howell III.
Dustin Johnson, Hunter Mahan and Vijay Singh are eight shots back at three-under-par, while Fowler is at two-under-par.
Phil Mickelson, at one-under-par Mickelson made the halfway cut by only a shot, but is now too far behind Woods to contend over the remaining 36 holes. Jason Day and Nicolas Colsaerts are also at one-under-par like Mickelson, and their hill gets steeper.
Keegan Bradley and Kyle Stanley were among the notables that missed the cut.
Woods with a 36-hole lead—even at Torrey Pines—doesn't mean everything can just fold and hand him the trophy. His 34-10 record when he has at least a share of the 36-hole lead, looks omnious although he has failed to win four of the last six times from that spot.
But Woods this week has been consistently hitting fairways and putting himself in position for makeable birdie putts. Should he keep this up, he could run away with his seventh Farmers Insurance tournament win and eight at Torrey Pines.
Here are the pairings and tee times (PST) for Round 3:
Torrey Pines (South Course) Tee #1
1 9:40 am Woods, Tiger Horschel, Billy Wittenberg, Casey
2 9:30 am Fritsch, Brad Compton, Erik Marino, Steve
3 9:20 am Walker, Jimmy Teater, Josh Watney, Nick
4 9:10 am Guthrie, Luke Senden, John Ridings, Tag
5 9:00 am Wi, Charlie Fisher, Ross Hicks, Justin
6 8:50 am Howell III, Charles English, Harris Choi, K.J.
7 8:40 am Haas, Bill Herman, Jim DeLaet, Graham
8 8:30 am Claxton, Will Kelly, Jerry Flores, Martin
9 8:20 am Perez, Pat Leonard, Justin Castro, Roberto
10 8:10 am Bolli, Justin Thompson, Nicholas Van Pelt, Bo
11 8:00 am Knost, Colt Overton, Jeff Tringale, Cameron
12 7:50 am de Jonge, Brendon Steele, Brendan Henry, J.J.
13 7:40 am Huh, John Snedeker, Brandt Molder, Bryce
14 7:30 am Hadwin, Adam Letzig, Michael Rollins, John
15 7:20 am Reavie, Chez Weekley, Boo Weir, Mike
Torrey Pines (South Course) Tee #10
16 7:20 am Mallinger, John Garrigus, Robert Mahan, Hunter
17 7:30 am Johnson, Dustin Singh, Vijay Woodland, Gary
18 7:40 am List, Luke Hoffman, Charley Gillis, Tom
19 7:50 am Thompson, Michael Harman, Brian Bae, Sang-Moon
20 8:00 am Blixt, Jonas Fowler, Rickie Kuehne, Hank
21 8:10 am Lynn, David Owen, Greg Reed, Patrick
22 8:20 am Tomasulo, Peter Glover, Lucas Stuard, Brian
23 8:30 am Lee, D.H. Park, Jin Karlsson, Robert
24 8:40 am Klauk, Jeff Driscoll, James Lancaster, Neal
25 8:50 am Summerhays, Daniel Curtis, Ben Immelman, Trevor
26 9:00 am Day, Jason Colsaerts, Nicolas Noh, Seung-Yul
27 9:10 am Mickelson, Phil Baddeley, Aaron Laird, Martin
28 9:20 am Every, Matt Meierdierks, Eric Hahn, James
29 9:30 am Gardiner, Scott LeBrun, Steve LaBelle II, Doug