Golfers resume third round of Farmers Insurance Open; Woods holds a 2-shot lead over Billy Horschel
Fog limited play Saturday
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LA JOLLA, Calif. - The $6.1 million Farmers Insurance Open resumed at 7 a.m. Sunday at Torrey Pines Golf Club, with organizers hoping rain will eliminate the fog that limited third-round play to five minutes on Saturday.
"There is another system that's going to be dropping southward and bring another shower chance," said Stewart Williams, the PGA Tour's on-site meteorologist. "If it's not raining in the morning, we'll stay socked in and still have fog issues to deal with."
Williams said he is "really hoping" it starts to rain because "that will mix the atmosphere some and that will help lift this fog deck."
"Then we'll play in some light rain, but as we go through the day, as this front progresses toward us and moves through us, the wind is expected to pick up, especially in the afternoon, 10 to 15 miles an hour, and that would definitely help us out a lot," Williams said.
All Saturday tickets, including hospitality badges, will be valid for general grounds entry Sunday. Only fans with Sunday hospitality badges will be allowed entry into hospitality venues.
Six-time champion Tiger Woods holds a two-shot lead over Billy Horschel.
Horschel will be playing with Woods and Casey Wittenberg, among six golfers tied for third at eight-under-par 136, in today's final group, set to tee off on the South Course at 9:10 a.m.
"It's going to be exciting. I've never been paired with Tiger," said Horschel, a 26-year-old in his fourth year on the PGA Tour. "He's one of the golfers of the many I've looked up to when I was a young kid."
Horschel said he has received "lot of good advice from other players" who have played with Woods.
"Jim Furyk texted me this morning and said just play your game, do your thing," Horschel said. "Don't try to do anything you wouldn't do if you were playing with him or you weren't playing with him.
"(Brandt) Snedeker... said just focus on yourself. It's going to be a crazy atmosphere. You're going to have to grind some stuff out. Don't try to match him or anything that he does."
Horschel thanked Woods for being "gracious enough to give me a spot right out of college" in the AT&T National, which Woods hosts, in 2009.
"Met him then, introduced myself and we've talked a couple other times," Horschel said.
The tournament is set to conclude on Monday when "it's going to be cold for Southern California standards, but we'll play in that," Williams said.
Admission will be free on Monday, with parking free on the Glider Port. Shuttles will run from Del Mar (Solana Gate) and UTC executive lots for $15.
"We felt it was the right thing to do because of the recent weather issues," said Peter Ripa, the tournament's executive director.
Play was scheduled to begin Saturday at 7:20 a.m., but did not start until 10:20 a.m. Only two three-player groups teed off, with one group finishing its first hole before play was suspended at 10:25 a.m. Play was called off for the day at 4 p.m. due to heavy fog and darkness.
"The low sun angle that we have and the elevation of Torrey Pines, it's just a perfect scenario for the fog," Williams said.
"The little bit of sun we did get today was overpowered by just the saturation of the atmosphere, so we just couldn't overcome it today."
If the tournament "were in any other location" in the San Diego area, "we'd have played a lot of golf today, but I think just the elevation of where we are here just really hurt us," Williams said.
Visibility was reduced to one-eighth and one-quarter of a mile during parts of the day in Oceanside, Carlsbad and other parts of San Diego, "but a lot of the day, they were sitting at four- or five-mile visibilities," Williams said.
This was the first time the Farmers Insurance Open had a suspension of play since 2005 when fog caused suspensions on the second and third days of the tournament.
"I knew it was going to get foggy out there, but I didn't expect it to be this bad," Horschel said.
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