Date: January 26, 2014
Author: Michael Huguenin, Omnisport

Woodland leads, Woods cut at Torrey Pines

Gary Woodland has held on to claim a one-shot lead after three rounds of the Farmers Insurance Open, while Tiger Woods missed the cut.

Woods and eight other players missed out on Saturday's secondary cut after the 36-hole cut had ended with a field larger than 78.

For the first time in his career, Woods missed a secondary cut, after his seven-over 79 on Torrey Pines (South) left him 14 strokes behind Woodland.

It was a shock exit for Woods, who has won the Farmers Insurance Open seven times, including last year.

Woodland looked to be cruising during his third tour around Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California, after four birdies and no bogeys in his opening 14 holes.

But a bogey on the 15th hole was followed by another birdie on the 16th and a double-bogey on the 17th as Woodland stuttered to the clubhouse at the PGA Tour event.

Despite the poor finish to his third round, the 29-year-old American finished Saturday on top of the leaderboard at eight under overall, following his two-under 70, while Marc Leishman of Australia and overnight leader Jordan Spieth claimed a share of second at seven under.

Leishman carded 16 pars on his way to an even-par 72, while Spieth gave up his lead with four bogeys and a double-bogey in a three-over 75.

American pair Pat Perez and Morgan Hoffman are tied for fourth at six under overall, while a group of seven players are a further stroke back.

That group includes Andres Romero of Argentina, who produced the best round of the day; a five-under 67.

Australian duo Aaron Baddeley and Steven Bowditch were amongst the eight other players eliminated alongside Woods, as was Camilo Villegas of Colombia, plus Americans Brice Garnett, Tim Herron, Will Claxton, Bobby Gates and Michael Block, who finished the tournament with a 14-over 86.