Gary Woodland grabs lead at Torrey Pines; Tiger Woods headed home

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SAN DIEGO — Gary Woodland didn’t have to overpower the par 5s to take the lead at Torrey Pines.

Woodland made five birdies on another tough day of scoring on the South Course for 2-under 70. That gave him a one-shot lead over 20-year-old Jordan Spieth (75) and Marc Leishman (72) going into the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open.

The final round won’t include Tiger Woods. In a shocking performance at course where he has won eight times, Woods went seven consecutive holes with a bogey or worse and matched his worst score on American soil with 79. Woods missed the 54-hole cut.

Perhaps the most remarkable figure of this week: He didn’t make a single birdie on a par 5 over three rounds. He played them in 4-over par.

Woods had only finished out of the top 10 one time at Torrey on the PGA Tour, and that was in 2011 when his game was going through a major overhaul.

A dozen players were separated by only three shots going into Sunday, including San Diego native Pat Perez and Ryo Ishikawa.

EUROPEAN TOUR: In Doha, Qatar, Sergio Garcia won the Qatar Masters on Saturday after he birdied the third extra hole to beat Finland’s Mikko Ilonen in a playoff.

The 34-year-old Garcia made the playoff after overcoming a three-stroke deficit heading into the final round. He birdied six of the last 12 holes for 65 and his second victory in three events.

Ilonen holed an 18-foot birdie putt on No. 18 to finish with 66 and tie Garcia at 16 under.

It’s the 11th European Tour victory for Garcia and 25th worldwide. He won his final event of 2013, the Asian Tour’s Thailand Golf Championship in Bangkok.

Thorbjorn Olesen had the chance to join the playoff, but missed his eight-foot eagle putt on No. 18. He finished with 68.

LPGA TOUR: In Paradise, Island, Bahamas, Na Yeon Choi shot 7-under 66 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead in the season-opening Bahamas LPGA Classic, chipping to a foot to set up a birdie on the par-5 18th hole.

The seventh-ranked Choi, a seven-time winner on the LPGA Tour, birdied three of the last four holes in her bogey-free round to reach 15 under on Atlantis Resort’s Ocean Club course.

“I think the last three rounds I had a really good swing,” Choi said. “I had so many good shots. But I still have to play aggressively tomorrow.”

Lizette Salas was a stroke back.

She also had a bogey-free 66.

LOCAL INTEREST

CHARLES HOWELL

Augusta native

Score 70-72-70

Shots back 4

BLAKE ADAMS

Swainsboro, Ga.

Score 75-69-72

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WILL CLAXTON

Swainsboro, Ga.*

Score 71-73-77

Shots back MC

SCOTT BROWN

North Augusta native

Score 70-77

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* former resident

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