How it happened: Woods takes six-shot lead

Tiger Woods hits out of the rough on the 4th hole during the final round at the Farmers Insurance Open. He'd chip in for a birdie on his next shot.

Tiger Woods hits out of the rough on the 4th hole during the final round at the Farmers Insurance Open. He'd chip in for a birdie on his next shot.

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SAN DIEGO -- 11 more to go.

Tiger Woods managed to get in 25 holes of golf on Sunday, building a six-shot lead behind a third-round, 3-under 69 and going 3 under through seven holes in the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open.

Woods is 11 holes away from career win No. 75 and his seventh PGA Tour victory at Torrey Pines.

He'll tee off at 2:10 p.m. EST on Monday at the par-3 8th hole.

Woods has built his lead behind his play on the par-5s, where he is 11 under for the week. He is also 4 under on the par-3s.

Brandt Snedeker and Nick Watney are both at 11 under, trying to chase down Woods.

Here's how it all unfolded on Sunday:

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No. 7, Par 4, 462 yards

Six holes, three birdies and now a six-shot lead for Tiger Woods. Couldn't have asked for a better start to the final round for the World No. 2.

Hole wrap-up: For only the second time in this final round, Tiger finds the right side of the fairway, unloading on a big driver. After the horn blows to tell players they are allowed to end their rounds, Tiger decides to play his second shot and takes it right at the flag, but comes up about 20 feet short on the green. He two-putts to end his day at 17 under for the tournament, six shots in front of Brandt Snedeker and Nick Watney.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under (17 under for tournament)

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No. 6, Par 5, 560 yards

One of the characteristics of Tiger Woods that has made him one of the game's icons is his ability to scramble. His play on Nos. 1, 2, 4 and 5 show how he can still score despite errant shots.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger hammers a drive here, but pushes it right and it sits down in the rough. A great, low-lining second shot leaves him a 20-footer for eagle. He burns the edge and taps in for a birdie to extend his lead to six shots.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under (17 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Brandt Snedeker rebounds from a bogey with a nice birdie at No. 13 to get back to 11 under, five back of Tiger Woods.

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No. 5, Par 4, 453 yards

That was as improbable of a birdie-birdie stretch as you can get, and that has given Tiger some further breathing room. Some "Did You Know?" . . . Woods has won seven times on the same golf course, which is a PGA Tour record, at Firestone CC (South Course) and at Bay Hill Golf Club and Lodge. He has six Tour victories at Torrey Pines GC.

Hole wrap-up: After missing his last five fairways, Tiger finds the middle here, with a little twirl at the end. His second shot comes up short and right, nearly a club short of the target. From the bunker, Tiger plays a so-so shot that settles about 6 feet under the hole. And he drains the putt to avoid dropping a shot. Lead is still five, now over just Nick Watney.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (16 under for tournament)

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No. 4, Par 4, 471 yards

That was a huge birdie for Tiger on No. 3, really to just answer Nick Watney and Brandt Snedeker and maintain his four-shot advantage.

Hole wrap-up: With tons of danger to the left, Tiger pushes his tee ball well to the right. Tiger has some tree problems and will have to try and play a big cut, with water to the left, so it is dangerous. Tiger plays a fantastic second shot, leaving just in front of the green. And he chips in for birdie. And his lead is five shots. A nice little fist pump from Tiger there.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (16 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Brandt Snedeker gives the hole a scare on No. 11, but can't find the cup and settles for a par and stays at 11 under.

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No. 3, Par 3, 198 yards

A couple of dicey tee balls by Tiger and some solid play by Brandt Snedeker have made this a contest. Snedeker does miss a birdie putt on No. 10 to stay three back.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger plays a fantastic tee ball into the long par-3, leaving himself about 12 feet for birdie. Could use one to get him untracked. And he walks this one in, picking up a much-needed birdie. And his lead is back to four shots.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (15 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Nick Watney has joined Snedeker at 11 under with a birdie at No. 4. Watney has birdies on three of his first four holes in the final round.

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No. 2, Par 4, 387 yards

Tiger's lead is now three shots after Brandt Snedeker birdies the par-5 9th hole to get to 11 under.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger has a case of the "lefties," as he hooks another drive well left of the fairway. He comes to rest in short grass, but will hit from the 6th fairway. Tiger comes up short on his second shot and finds the rough on the left of the green. Tiger hits a great third shot that comes to rest about 2 feet to the left of the hole. He saves his par to stay three shots clear of the field.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (14 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Brandt Snedeker plays a fantastic third shot into the par-5 9th hole, leaving himself about a 5-footer for birdie, which he buries. He makes the turn with a 4-under 32 and is 11 under overall. Nick Watney has also moved to double-figures with a birdie bomb at No. 3 to get to 10 under.

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No. 1, Par 4, 452 yards

Tiger is wearing the same black rain pants, grey sweater and white shirt as he did this morning. There was little time between rounds for any wardrobe overhaul. Tiger has won 39 of 41 tournaments with the outright lead heading into the final round.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger doesn't start well here, hooking his tee ball to the left and he'll have a tough time getting to the green with his second. But that's why he is Tiger Woods, as he lofts it up over the trees and onto the green. A lengthy birdie putt ensues, but he'll take it after that bad tee ball. A solid two-putt for par. Nice save for Tiger and retains his four-shot lead.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (14 under for tournament)

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Update #5: 5:52 p.m. EST

Twitter is blowing up as Tiger Woods appears on the putting green without his signature red on. But, with play ending on Monday, it seems logical that he'll save that red shirt for the completion of the fourth round.

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Update #4: 5:50 p.m. EST

Brandt Snedeker is showing signs of what he did in 2012, putting together three birdies over his first six holes and is now 10 under, four back of Tiger Woods.

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No. 18, Par 5, 572 yards

Tiger is 11 under on the par-5s this week (through 11 holes) and with a birdie, he'd shoot the best third round on the course. Aaron Baddeley shot a 4-under 68 earlier.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger pushes his final drive of the third round to the right and he'll have to lay up with his second shot. Tiger finds the top of a fairway bunker and can only advance the ball about 50 yards and is still in the rough. Tiger muscles his third shot into a greenside bunker. Tiger plays a poor sand shot that leaves about 8 feet to save par. And he can't convert, dropping a shot and firing a 3-under 69. It is his first bogey at the 18th in 37 career rounds at Torrey Pines South.

His lead slips to four shots heading into the fourth round.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under (14 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Brad Fritsch finishes his round at the par-5 18th with a birdie and is alone in second at 10 under. Erik Compton finishes his round with an eagle to card a 1-under 71 and gets to 9 under, currently tied for third.

• • •

No. 17, Par 4, 442 yards

Tiger Woods is set to tee off at 6 p.m. EST for his fourth round, likely giving him about 30 minutes in between rounds. Meanwhile, the fourth round is underway, with the likes of Hunter Mahan and Brandt Snedeker moving up the leaderboard, but still seven shots back of Tiger.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger's not happy with this one, although really no damage is done as his fairway metal finds the right rough. Rough or no rough, doesn't seem to matter for Tiger, who finds another green and will have 30 feet for birdie. Tiger plays a beautiful putt that hangs about 2 inches to the right of the cup, settling for a par and a six-shot lead.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under (15 under for tournament)

• Elsewhere on the course: Nick Watney fires a 1-under 71 after a bogey at the par-5 18th. He's seven back of Tiger.

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No. 16, Par 3, 227 yards

Tiger leads the field in par-3 scoring this week at 3 under.

Hole wrap-up: Beautiful tee ball here into the wind, landing it pin-high and will have about 20 feet for birdie. In a putt that rarely gets to the hole, Tiger gets it there, but slides it by on the right. Not happy with himself, muttering to himself on the green. He raps it in, but he wanted that birdie. He maintains his six-shot advantage.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under (15 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Brandt Snedeker, already playing his fourth round, birdies No. 2 to move to 8 under, one back of a share of second place. Snedeker made a huge comeback in the final round last season to win the title.

• • •

No. 15, Par 4, 477 yards

A little "Did You Know?" . . . Woods has played in a total of 279 PGA Tour events. He has won 74 times. That means he has won 26% of the time he has been in the field.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger hammers yet another driver up the middle of the fairway. Barely even looks at the ball. Solid shot into the green, leaving himself 20 feet from the left for birdie. Perfect pace again, but it never moves back to the right and he settles for a par and maintains his six-shot lead.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under (15 under for tournament)

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No. 14, Par 4, 435 yards

Tiger continues to pull away as we inch toward the end of the third round. He is six shots clear of the field and is the only one that seems to be in attack mode. From our Sean Martin in San Diego: Four of Tiger Woods 5 birdies today have come on putts of 3 feet or less. The other? 6 feet, 6 inches.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger rips a fairway metal down the throat of the fairway. He is in a zone right now. Tiger takes a bit too much club on his approach, hitting the green and leaving himself 35 feet for birdie. Not happy with that shot. His putt is a solid one, but it cuts under the hole and settles about 3 feet to the right. He makes the par putt, but taps the green as that one was almost offline.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under (15 under for the tournament)

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No. 13, Par 5, 541 yards

Tiger has a five-shot lead and heads to a par-5, where is 10 under on the week. Will Tiger just simply run away with a strong finish here? He has gone 60 consecutive par-5s at Torrey Pines without a bogey.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger hits a solid tee shot here, finding the right rough, but really isn't in trouble and will likely have to lay up. Tiger smacks it up the middle of the fairway and leaves himself a wedge into the green. And he plays an incredible wedge shot to about 2 feet left of the hole. He knocks it in to extend his lead to six shots.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under (15 under for tournament)

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No. 12, Par 4, 477 yards

A bit of "Did You Know?" . . . Tiger has won his first PGA Tour start of the season in six different years, and won majors in five of those seasons.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger pushes his ball to the right, but gets past the fairway bunkers and lands in the rough. Good angle for his second shot, which he takes advantage of, puts it on the green and will have about 35 feet for birdie. Tiger's birdie attempt comes up about 5 feet short, as the ball bounced off the club. He buries the putt and now has a five-shot lead.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under (14 under for tournament)

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No. 11, Par 3, 221 yards

That was a great response to the substandard par on No. 9. His short game looks quite good, but is helped by his superb play off the tee.

Hole wrap-up: Beautiful swing and nice result, hitting the front of the green and he'll have about 30 feet for another birdie. Perfect pace on this one, but it settles about 6 inches to the right of the hole and he taps in for a par. Nice par on a long par-3.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under (14 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Nick Watney has bogeyed both Nos. 11 and 12 to fall back to 9 under, leaving Brad Fritsch alone in second at 10 under.

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No. 10, Par 4, 405 yards

That was a disappointing par for Tiger, who had manhandled the par-5s all week, especially after getting greenside in two. Brad Fritsch and Nick Watney had moved to within two shots, but have both bogeyed and handed Tiger his current three-shot lead.

Hole wrap-up: Well, that par didn't seem to break his focus, splitting another fairway and then goes flag-hunting, giving himself a birdie look inside 5 feet. And he drains it to move his lead to four shots.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under (14 under for tournament)

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No. 9, Par 5, 613 yards

Tiger has feasted on the par-5s this week, to the tune of 10 under in nine holes thus far. He has two eagles, six birdies and a par on them this week. He birdied No. 9 on Thursday.

Hole wrap-up: Guess what? Another fairway for Tiger. Has missed only two today. He gives it a go in two, but comes up short of the green. Will chip for eagle.

Chip runs past the hole and Tiger can't convert on a short birdie putt, having to settle for a disappointing par. Now leads by two.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (13 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Nick Watney and Brad Fritsch have both moved to 11 under, with Watney picking up birdie at No. 10 and Fritsch birdieing No. 9.

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No. 8, Par 3, 176 yards

Some more "Did You Know?" . . . Woods is the youngest to get to 73 PGA Tour victories at the age of 36 years, 2 months and 35 days. Sam Snead was 43 when he reached 73 wins.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger is disgusted with this shot, carrying it a bit long and travels into the rough on the back. He'll have very little green to work with on his chip.

But this is why he is Tiger Woods, nearly making the flop and he taps in for a par. He stays three shots ahead of Brad Fritsch and Nick Watney.

TIGER N THE DAY: 2 under (13 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Nick Watney is making a nice run a couple of holes ahead of Tiger, moving to 10 under behind a birdie at the par-5 9th.

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No. 7, Par 4, 462 yards

Tiger is now 10 under on the par-5s this week, 3 under on the par-3s and even on the par-4s.

Hole wrap-up: Playing as the most difficult par-4 on the course, Tiger absolutely hammers a tee ball that splits the fairway. That'll make any hole easier.

Tiger is only one in his group to hit the green in regulation, playing a safe shot into the middle. Good pace on his birdie attempt, but slightly left and he Tiger two-putts for a par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (13 under for tournament)

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No. 6, Par 5, 560 yards

Tiger has sputtered slightly over the past two holes, sending his drive at No. 4 well to the right and then having problems around the green on No. 5. While he still leads by three shots, he needs to take advantage of his first par-5 of the day. He is 9 under on the long holes this week.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger gives the club a twirl, but the ball takes a kick to the left and finds the rough. It is sitting up nicely, which could give him a shot at the green in two. Tiger uses fairway metal and fades it onto the green and he'll putt for eagle. For his career, Tiger is 27 under on No. 6.

Tiger starts walking after his putt immediately, but not for good reasons. He leaves it about 3 feet under the hole and was never on the right line. He does knock in his short birdie putt to maintain his three-shot lead.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (13 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Playing in the group in front of Tiger, Steve Marino and Brad Fritsch both birdie to move to 10 under. Nick Watney is now 9 under after a birdie at No. 7.

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No. 5, Par 4, 453 yards

Two pars, two birdies and a four-shot lead over the field. The day couldn't have started much better for Tiger.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger's baaaaaccccckkk . . . well, in the middle of the fairway. Just took a hole off to test out the rough. But he finds some more rough after his second shot, with his approach leaking out to the right of the green. Despite having the longest drive, Tiger nearly had 200 yards into the green, not to mention into the wind. Tiger leaves himself about 6 feet of work to do to save par after a so-so chip from the fringe. And he misses his first one of the day and drops a shot, now leading the field by three shots.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (12 under for tournament)

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No. 4, Par 4, 471 yards

That's two easy birdies in a row for Tiger Woods and he has four putts through three holes. While a lot can happen on a marathon day, Tiger is pulling away a bit, now leading by four shots.

Hole wrap-up: A scrum breaks out after Tiger pushes his drive to the right and over the cart path. Fans are already lining the path. Tiger did double-bogey this hole on Thursday, but by going left off the tee.

Tiger doesn't like his second shot, but it is safely on the green, about 40 feet under the hole. A really nice birdie attempt leaves him a short par putt. A nice save after the wayward tee ball.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (13 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: K.J. Choi, who shared the 18-hole lead, is 2 under through 6 holes and 8 under for the tournament.

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No. 3, Par 3, 198 yards

Well, we are going to be here for awhile. There are two groups in front of Tiger on the No. 3 tee. So, in the meantime, here is some "Did You Know?" action . . . Woods owns the record of most PGA Tour wins between the ages of 20-29 with 46 career victories. He has 16 more than second place on the list, Jack Nicklaus.

While we're waiting, check out Sean Martin's story on Billy Horschel and Casey Wittenberg, who are paired with Tiger on Sunday.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger hits a beautiful tee ball that leaves him a very short birdie putt. With the Pacific Ocean crashing in the backdrop, Tiger knocks in a 2-footer for a second consecutive birdie. His lead grows to four shots.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (13 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: There is now a four-way tie for second at 9 under after Steve Marino birdies No. 3. Hunter Mahan has the round of the day going, going 3 under through 11 holes and is now 6 under for the tournament.

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No. 2, Par 4, 387 yards

The course is wet and soggy, which should allow players to attack pins, but will also leave tee balls about 20 to 30 yards shorter than normal because of the lack of roll.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger is beginning to look machine-like off the tee, hammering another driver down the middle of the fairway. He has hit 70 percent of his fairways this week. With a wedge, Tiger gets it in real tight and he taps in for a birdie. He's now three ahead of the field.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (12 under for tournament)

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No. 1, Par 4, 452 yards

Some damp weather still in the area, which keeps Tiger Woods in rain pants at the outset of this round. We'll start the day with some "Did You Know?" . . . Woods has the second- and third-most consecutive wins on the PGA Tour. In 2006-07, Woods had seven wins and in the 1999-2000 season, Woods won six times. Byron Nelson holds the record will 11.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger is off and running, and it is more of the same from Friday: A fairway hit. Much easier to attack from the short stuff. He does hit the green in regulation, but a two-putt leaves him with an opening par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (11 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Josh Teater (No. 2) and Brad Fritsch (No. 1) have joined Billy Horschel at 9 under with early birdies.

• • •

Update #3: 11:25 a.m. EST

Gary Woodland has started his third round hot, picking up three birdies and a bogey over his first five holes (he is playing the back-nine first). Woodland spent much of 2012 injured, playing through an injury at the Masters before having to take time off to rehab.

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Update #2: 11:05 a.m. EST

Bo Van Pelt opened his third round with a birdie to move to 6 under on the tournament. Van Pelt was a model of consistency in 2012, picking up 10 top-10 finishes in 24 starts. He didn't pick up a win, but earned more than $3 million and was 23rd in the FedEx Cup. Van Pelt missed only three cuts in 2012, one of them being the Farmers Insurance Open.

• • •

Update #1: 10:43 a.m. EST

They're playing golf again at Torrey Pines, and defending champion Brandt Snedeker wasted little time moving closer to the lead, picking up birdie at No. 1 to move to 5 under for the tournament, six shots back of Tiger Woods.

As a reminder, due to the Saturday suspension, players will not be re-paired after the third round. Here are today's tee times.

• • •

Round 2 coverage

5 THINGS: Tiger Woods is on top of the leaderboard at Torrey Pines. Here’s 5 Things you need to know from the second round at the Farmers Insurance Open. Story.

BEEN HERE, DONE THIS: It’s the same old story. Tiger Woods is having success at Torrey Pines. Woods shot a 65 in persistent rain Friday, and walked off Torrey Pines’ North Course with the lead in the Farmers Insurance Open. Story.

TRACKER: Tiger Woods finishes his day with birdie on the par-5 9th to finish at 7-under 65, 11 under for the tournament for a two-shot lead heading into the weekend. See how it happened.

• • •

Round 1 coverage

5 THINGS: The first round of the Farmers Insurance Open is in the books. Here’s 5 Things you need to know from the opening day of play at Torrey Pines, including Brandt Snedeker starting his title defense with a 7-under 65. Story.

STRONG START: Tiger Woods’ PGA Tour season began with a birdie, and his first round was completed in 68 strokes. It wasn’t always easy in between, but Woods is off to a strong start at the Farmers Insurance Open. Story.

TRACKER: Tiger Woods has six PGA Tour victories, including the 2008 U.S. Open, at Torrey Pines. He opened the Farmers Insurance Open with a 4-under 68 on Thursday. See how it happened.

• • •

Pre-tournament coverage

TEE TIMES: A look at the tee times for Rounds 1 and 2 at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. Pairings.

RECOVERY: Apparently Phil Mickelson realized there many less fortunate than he, apologizing Wednesday for the second day in a row he said his public remarks were insensitive to “people who do not have jobs or live paycheck to paycheck.” Story.

'INSENSITIVE:' Give Phil Mickelson credit for his creativity. He obviously put some thought into his first public comments since he caused a small uproar over taxes. Story.

FIRST START: Steven Fox earned a sponsor exemption into the Farmer's Insurance Open courtesy of his victory at the U.S. Amateur. Fox said he just wants to make contact on the first tee. Story.

ADDRESSING THE ISSUE: PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem addressed the media Wednesday morning to discuss the previous night’s players meeting and the Tour’s reaction to the proposed anchoring ban. Story.

PREDICTIONS: Tiger returns to the site of six of his PGA Tour victories, while the red-hot Charles Howell III will look to pick up that elusive win, while FedEx Cup champ Brandt Snedeker is primed to defend his title. Story.

MAKING HIS DEBUT: Jordan Spieth will make his PGA Tour debut as a professional this week at the Farmers Insurance Open after receiving a sponsor exemption. Story.

RETURNING TO THE SCENE: A six-time winner at Torrey Pines, Tiger Woods addressed everything from missing the cut last week, the course and Phil Mickelson's tax dilemma. 5 Things.

NOTEBOOK: Rich Beem, who failed to earn his full-time PGA Tour card at Q-School in December, will be making trips to India and Panama as he looks to earn his way back onto the big tour. Story.

ODDS: Tiger Woods finds himself in a familiar position as the favorite at the Farmers Insurance Open for the second time in the last three years. Story.

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