• Farmers Insurance Open, Round Three

Woods moves into a winning position

ESPN staff
January 27, 2013
Tiger Woods looked composed and in control on Saturday © Getty Images

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Tiger Woods tightened his grip on the Farmers Insurance Open after carding a composed round of 69 on Sunday afternoon.

With play finally getting back underway on the Monterey Peninsula after Saturday's schedule was practically erased by heavy fog in the area, Woods made the most of early conditions conducive to good scoring to make three birdies in his opening six holes - adding two more at the start of his back nine to put him well on course for victory.

The resulting three-under par round left him 14-under for the tournament and he stretched his lead to six strokes when getting through seven holes of his final round before play was halted.

The 14-time major champion's solid scoring was built on some of the straightest driving he has exhibited in a long time, although an ugly bogey six at the par-five 18th set him back.

Nevertheless, five birdies as a result of pinpoint approaches left the current world No. 2 more than content with his performance.

"I played well," Woods said afterwards. "I played really, really well. I hit the ball good. I putted really good.

"It seemed like I was always in pretty good position."

Woods started his final round late on Sunday evening, with the tournament to finish on Monday, and he carried the momentum from his third round with him. He got through seven holes and made three birdies, which stretched his lead to six strokes.

Rookie Canadian Brad Fritsch is his nearest challenger, four shots back at ten-under, although Brandt Snedeker made a solid start to his final round to thrust himself into contention.

Nick Watney, eight-under prior to the start of his final round, will also hope to contend over the concluding 18 holes.

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