San Diego: Tiger Woods signalled he is likely to be a formidable force at this year’s Majors as he rekindled memories of his best form while building a commanding six-shot lead at the Farmers Insurance Open on Sunday.
Woods has just 11 holes remaining at the fog-delayed event as he closed in on his 75th PGA Tour victory and the dominance he has so far displayed at one of his favourite venues has certainly shaken much of the golfing world.
The former world No. 1, a six-time winner of the PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines, birdied three of his first seven holes to move to 17-under overall when play was suspended for the day in fading light.
Fellow American Nick Watney was tied for second, after eight holes, with defending champion Brandt Snedeker, who had completed 13.
Canadian Brad Fritsch, a PGA Tour rookie at the age of 35, was a further two strokes back at nine under after seven holes.
Though unquestionably not the player he was in the late 1990s and early 2000s when he reigned supreme in the game, Woods appears to have completed the finishing touches to the fourth swing change of his professional career.
“It’s probably the whole package,” he said when asked which aspect of his game had contributed most to his 17-under total after 61 holes at Torrey Pines.
“I’ve driven the ball well, I’ve hit my irons well, and I’ve chipped and putted well. Well, I’ve hit good putts. They all haven’t gone in.