Tiger takes control at rainy Torrey Pines

Fri Jan 25, 2013 7:57pm EST
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - It was just like old times for Tiger Woods at a rain-sodden Torrey Pines on Friday as the former world number one surged into a two-shot lead in the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open.

Six-times champion Woods eagled the par-five 18th, his ninth hole of the day, en route to a seven-under-par 65 on the easier North Course, one of two layouts hosting the fourth PGA Tour event of the season.

Back at a venue where he has always felt extremely comfortable, the 37-year-old American took advantage of the four reachable par-fives as he also carded six birdies and a lone bogey to finish at 11-under 133.

"I played well today. I drove the ball great and took advantage of the par-fives," Woods told reporters after covering the par-five holes in a combined five under. "That's basically where the round could be had.

"But it's tough out there," he added after playing his final hole in a heavy downpour. "The greens became pretty soft, and they became pretty bumpy.

"I tried to hit every putt where it was just falling in and not having any putts coming back because they're a little testy from about two feet."

Little-known American Billy Horschel was alone in second after carding a 69 on the tougher South layout with compatriots Jimmy Walker (69) and double heart-transplant recipient Erik Compton (65) among a group of six bunched at eight under.

Britain's Ross Fisher, competing on the PGA Tour this year for the first time as a full member, briefly trailed Woods by just one shot at nine under but bogeyed two of his last four holes for a 71 to finish four strokes off the pace.   Continued...

U.S. golfer Tiger Woods holds up his ball after making a birdie to end his round 11-under par during second round play at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego, California, January 25, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Blake