SAN DIEGO – Tiger Woods wasn’t the only player with his hands full Saturday at Torrey Pines.
While the world’s top-ranked player notably struggled during the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open, carding a 7-over 79 that sent him to an early exit, several of the tournament leaders were also humbled by a layout that featured thick rough and slick greens.
Though the scoring average at PGA Tour venues often dips once the 36-hole cut is made, the South Course still remained a stern test Saturday, and its 73.72 stroke average stayed within a shot of the totals posted from Thursday and Friday. Unlike the first two rounds, though, no one escaped their walk along the Pacific coastline Saturday without making at least one bogey.
After three rounds, the overall scoring average on the South Course now stands at 74.23 – reminiscent of the scores seen when the course hosted the U.S. Open in 2008.
The final group Saturday consisted of Jordan Spieth, Nicolas Colsaerts and Stewart Cink, and all three players exited the South Course Saturday with battle scars despite their collective position through 36 holes. Spieth and Colsaerts both carded rounds of 3-over 75, while Cink stumbled to a 7-over 79 that dropped him from second place into a tie for 27th.