Waiting game for Snedeker in Torrey Pines fog

Sat Jan 26, 2013 9:05pm EST
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Defending champion Brandt Snedeker had to endure a marathon day of putting practice and waiting around at the Farmers Insurance Open on Saturday before play was finally abandoned because of thick fog.

The fast-talking American, who trails tournament leader Tiger Woods by seven shots, arrived at the course at 5:30 a.m. local for a scheduled tee time at 7:40 a.m., and left at around 4 p.m. without hitting a single competitive stroke after only five minutes of third-round action was possible.

Weather permitting, play will resume on Sunday at the picturesque Torrey Pines venue where the $6.1 million PGA Tour event is heading for a rare Monday finish.

"It's frustrating," Snedeker told Reuters after spending a couple of hours chatting with his fellow players, caddies and officials on the practice putting green. "Everyone's wants to play.

"I feel like on this golf course it would have been a lot of fun today. There's a great leader board lined up and a lot of action could have happened today. It's really frustrating when it doesn't happen.

"It has turned into a long day. I've been here since early this morning so you're a little tired and you want to get out there and play as much as you can."

Asked how he had managed to while away the time as a blanket of thick fog lingered at the coastal venue, Snedeker replied with a broad grin: "You tell a lot of stories. I've been catching up with some guys I haven't seen in a while.

"You eat four or five times and you try to pass the time as best as possible. You don't want to think too much about the golf course. You want to keep your mind fresh."   Continued...

U.S. golfer Brandt Snedeker watches his drive off the 10th tee of the south course at Torrey Pines during first round play at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego, California January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Blake