Tiger Woods close to victory in Farmers Insurance Open: Admission free at Torrey Pines Golf Course
Weather impacted event's middle rounds
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LA JOLLA, Calif. - Tiger Woods was a heavy favorite to complete his 75th victory on the PGA Tour as play got underway Monday in the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open at the Torrey Pines Golf Course.
Woods held a six-stroke lead over Brandt Snedeker and Nick Watney through seven holes of the fog-delayed $6.1 million tournament. The winner will receive $1.098 million. It would be Wood's seventh win in the tournament.
"I've got to continue with executing my game plan," said Woods, who is at 17-under-par. "That's the idea. I've got 11 holes to play and I've got to go out there and play them well."
With play limited to five minutes on Saturday because of fog, the entire third round and a portion of the fourth and final round were played Sunday.
Players restarted Monday from the position where they left off Sunday.
Tournament executive director Peter Ripa announced Saturday that spectator admission Monday would be free because "we felt it was the right thing to do because of the recent weather issues."
History is on Woods' side. He has held the third-round lead 53 times in PGA Tour play and gone on to win 49 of those times.
Woods began Sunday play with a two-shot lead over Billy Horschel, then increased the lead to four shots with birdies on the second and third holes.
Woods lost a shot off the lead by bogeying the fifth hole but got it back with a birdie on the sixth. He also had birdies on the 10th and 13th holes and a bogey on the 18th for a round of three-under-par 69, giving him a four-shot lead at 14-under-par 202 over PGA Tour rookie Brad Fritsch.
"I played really, really well," Woods said. "I hit the ball pretty good today. It seemed like I was always in good position."
Horschel shot a four-over-par 76 to fall into a seven-way tie for 22nd at five-under-par 211, nine shots behind Woods.
Fourth-round play began a short time later and Woods added to his lead with birdies on the third, fourth and sixth holes before play was suspended due to darkness.
Woods' 74 PGA Tour victories are second behind the late Sam Snead, who won 82 between 1936 and 1965.
Woods' first victory came in his fifth tournament as a professional, the 1996 Las Vegas Invitational. He won a second time that year, four times in 1997, once in 1998, eight times in 1999, nine times in 2000, five times each in 2001, 2002 and 2003, once in 2004, six times in 2005, eight times in 2006, seven times in 2007, four times in 2008 and six times in 2009.
Woods was winless in 2010 and 2011 following an early morning auto accident on Nov. 27, 2009 and his admission of infidelity. He ended a 924-day victory drought by winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational March 25. He also won the Memorial Tournament and AT&T National last year.
Woods' six victories at the Farmers Insurance Open are the most in its history. Phil Mickelson, a three-time winner, is the only other player to win more than twice.
Woods' most recent victory came in 2008. The tournament was initially known as the San Diego Open and has been played all but one year since 1952.
Woods has won two tournaments seven times -- The Arnold Palmer Invitational in Bay Hill, Fla., and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio.
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