Woods has to erase nine-shot deficit to win


SAN DIEGO – Torrey Pines usually serves as the perfect launching pad for Tiger Woods.

Five of the six times that he has begun his PGA Tour season here he has gone on to win the Farmers Insurance Open.

This year, he will have to erase a nine-shot deficit over the weekend to win for a record ninth time (including the 2008 U.S. Open) at Torrey Pines. At T-50, it is his lowest position on the leaderboard through 36 holes.

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That said, Woods pointed out Friday that he has had comebacks here before – in 1999, he trailed by nine after two rounds, then shot 62-65 to top Billy Ray Brown by two shots. In 2006 and ’07, Woods trailed by seven shots at the halfway point before going on to win.

“It’s a four-round tournament,” Woods said. “I’m at 1 (under) now and hopefully I can get off to a quick start tomorrow and get to 5 (under) and then get going from there.”