Torrey factor brings out the best of Tiger

Fri Jan 25, 2013 8:06pm EST
 

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Rain or shine, Tiger Woods has generally thrived at Torrey Pines and it was no different on Friday as the six-times Farmers Insurance Open champion again brought his sharp form in practice out to the course.

Though Woods has not won a major title since the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, he ended a lengthy barren run on the PGA Tour with three victories on the circuit last year and is upbeat about his prospects for this season.

"I'm excited about this year," the 14-times major champion told reporters after firing a seven-under-par 65 on a rain-saturated North Course to take a two-shot lead into Saturday's third round.

"I had a good year last year. I won three tournaments and was in contention in a few others, and that's a pretty good year. Understanding the game a little bit better, and I'm really excited about this year."

Asked what had contributed most to his confident demeanor this week, Woods replied: "I think the practice sessions more than anything. I've had beautiful practice sessions at home.

"If I can do it there, I can do it out here. Even though last week I only played two days, I felt like I hit the ball well enough to shoot a better score than I did."

MISSED CUT

Last week, Woods missed the cut by one shot at the European Tour's Abu Dhabi Championship in his first start of the year after being slapped with a two-stroke penalty for a rules infringement in the second round.   Continued...

 
U.S. golfer Tiger Woods hits off the 17th tee of the north course at Torrey Pines during second round play at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego, California January 25, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Blake