Woodland grabs lead at Torrey Pines

 

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La Jolla, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Gary Woodland managed a 2-under 70 on Saturday and that gave him a 1-stroke lead after 54 holes of the Farmers Insurance Open.

Woodland finished three rounds at 8-under-par 208. He was one of 18 players that broke par in round three.

Conditions were ideal with little wind and temperatures in the 70s, but the South Course at Torrey Pines showed its teeth.

Second-round leader Jordan Spieth struggled to a 3-over 75 and dipped into a share of second place at minus-7. He was joined there by Marc Leishman, who posted an even-par 72.

Pat Perez and Morgan Hoffmann both shot 72 on Saturday and they are tied for fourth at 6-under 210.

Andres Romero made the cut on the number, then fired the low round of the day Saturday. The Argentine fired a 5-under 67 and soared into a share of sixth at minus-5.

He stands alongside Rory Sabbatini (69), Brad Fritsch (72), Nicolas Colsaerts (75), Will MacKenzie (70), Scott Stallings (72) and Ryo Ishikawa (69).

Tiger Woods, who won this title for a seventh time last year, struggled to a 7-over 79, which left him at 6-over 222. He missed the secondary cut for the first time in his career.

Woods started on the back nine and traded a bogey for a birdie from the 10th and again from the 14th. He birdied the 17th, but dumped his second in the water at 18 and that led to a double-bogey.

For the first time since the 2011 PGA Championship, Woods followed with his second straight double-bogey. If that weren't enough, Woods faltered to five consecutive bogeys from the second. He birdied the seventh and made par from just inside 10 feet at the ninth, his last, to break 80.

Woods failed to make a birdie on a par-5 through three rounds.

Woodland birdied the first to get to 7-under. After six pars in a row, he rolled in an 11-footer for birdie at the eighth to gain a share of the lead at minus-8.

Around the turn, Woodland grabbed the lead thanks to a 6-foot birdie putt at No. 10. He pushed his lead to two with a birdie from nine feet out on the 14th.

Woodland missed the green at the 15th and failed to get up and down for par, but he came right back with an 11-foot birdie effort at 16. His approach at 17 buried into a greenside bunker.

After blasting out, Woodland 3-putt for double-bogey from over 40 feet out. He was one clear of Leishman at that point, and ended there with a par at the last.

"I played beautifully today. I drove the ball well, really controlled the golf ball into the greens, which is huge. The rough is up, the greens are firm and fast, so it was nice to drive the ball in play and give myself a lot of chances," Woodland stated. "I hit a lot of greens. My putting was a little off today, I left myself a lot of testers out there, but I made some early and unfortunately I gave some back at the end, but all in all I played really well today. "

Spieth got off to a slow start with bogeys at one and four. He stumbled to a double-bogey at the fifth and found himself two shots out of the lead. He got one stroke back with a birdie on the sixth.

After four pars in a row, Spieth birdied the 11th to move within one of the lead. However, he tripped to bogeys at 12 and 13, and was suddenly four back. He moved back to minus-7 with a birdie on the 15th. He closed with three pars in a row.

"The par-5s are gettable, you just have to be in the fairway, and I guess a lot of people were struggling to hit the fairway today, including myself," Spieth said. "I only hit three of them, so that's not going to work, so I get to work on it. But only one shot back and a bunched-up leaderboard, it's going to take a good score tomorrow."

Leishman had a birdie on the fifth and a bogey on the 16th to go with 16 pars.

NOTES: Woodland has the third-round lead for the third time in his career ... The previous two times he was in this position, he shared second place both times ... Woods' 79 matched his second-worst score on the PGA Tour ... Three- time winner Phil Mickelson withdrew late Friday night with a back injury ... There were no bogey-free rounds on Saturday.

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