Jan 28th, 2018
Tiger creeping as Noren takes the lead
Torrey Pines a go-go. In a gross kind of way...
Words: Tim Southwell Photography: PGA Tour
Tiger carded a two-under-par 70 but labeled his third round "gross" at the Farmers Insurance Open. Calm down Tiger, this is only your first PGA Tour start in a year, and you're only eight shots off the lead, held by Alex Noren, of Sweden.
It was on the tee (surprise, surprise) that Tiger had problems. He only found three of 14 fairways and relied on making a host of clutch putts.
"It was gross," said the 42-year-old American, who has undergone four back operations since 2014.
Noren has won nine-times on the European Tour, and the man we call 'The Ice Man' here at GP Towers, looks in good shape to get his first PGA Tour win, taking a one-shot lead after a three-under 69.
The Ice Man lurketh...
Ryan Palmer sits on 10 under after a disappointing 73 on Saturday while fellow American JB Holmes has catapulted himself up the leaderboard after a 65 to sit just two off the lead. Justin Rose and former world number one Jason Day are two of seven players one shot further back.
Dear Tiger, nice driving today...
Defending champion Jon Rahm, who started the day in second place, made a mess of his card, posting a disappointing 75, finishing at -7.
|Farmers Insurance Open leaderboard|
-11 A Noren (Swe)
-10 R Palmer (US)
-9 M Kim (US) JB Holmes (US)
-8 B Hossler (US) Pan Cheng-tsung (Tpe) J Rose (Eng) J Day (Aus) T Finau (US) L List (US) G Woodland (US)
-6: R Goosen (SA)
-5 R Knox (Sco)
-3 T Woods (US)
-2 P Mickelson (US)
Tiger had to birdie his 36th hole to get into the weekend, and despite his grossness, he moved to joint 39th place from 65th after firing four birdies and two bogeys.
But when he spoke to Sky Sports his feelings were mixed: "My feels are all off, they're all different now. That's something I'm going to have to get used to."
Well, at least your glutes aren't misfiring anymore. We should be thankful for that.