Woodland takes control as Tiger tumbles at Torrey

Sat Jan 25, 2014 8:28pm EST
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By Ben Everill

LA JOLLA, California (Reuters) - Gary Woodland forged one shot clear at the top of a tight leaderboard in the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open on Saturday, while Tiger Woods crashed out of the tournament with an ugly 79.

American Woodland fired a two-under par round of 70 to move to eight-under 208 for the tournament, one shot clear of countryman Jordan Spieth and Australian Marc Leishman.

Overnight leader Spieth, who shot a scintillating 63 on the North Course in round two, found the tougher South Course a different animal with a 75 while Leishman ground out a 72 to be at seven-under.

Americans Pat Perez (72) and Morgan Hoffman (72) are tied for fourth at six-under while South African Rory Sabbatini (69), Japan's Ryo Ishikawa (69) and Americans Will MacKenzie (70) and Scott Stallings (72) are among those tied for sixth a shot further back.

"I played beautifully today. I drove the ball well, really controlled the golf ball into the greens, which is huge," Woodland said.

"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."

Defending champion Woods plunged to new depths when he missed a secondary cut on the PGA Tour for the first time.

Though he made the second-round cut by a stroke on Friday after carding a one-under-par 71 on the easier North Course, the world number one was badly out of sorts on a difficult day for scoring as he labored to a 79 on the brutal South layout.   Continued...

Jan 25, 2014; La Jolla, CA, USA; Gary Woodland lines up his putt on the nineteenth hole during the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course - South Co. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports