Tuesday, January 23, 2018
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Fog interrupts Torrey Pines tournament

SAN DIEGO — Tiger Woods is going to have to wait to pursue another win at Torrey Pines.

A thick fog shrouded the course along the Pacific bluffs on Saturday and essentially wiped out the entire day at the Farmers Insurance Open. Woods, a six-time winner of this tournament, had a two-shot lead and never even bothered going to the course. Three players completed one hole, and that was after a three-hour delay.

Players were to resume the third round this morning and go as long as daylight allowed, then finish Monday.

And that's a best-case scenario.

In a bizarre twist, PGA Tour officials hoped for rain and a little wind this morning, two elements that most golfers dread. That's what is needed, however, to keep the fog away from Torrey Pines and allow the tournament to resume.

"When Mother Nature doesn't want you to play, you can't play," said Mark Russell, the tour vice president of competition.

They did just about everything else. Lucas Glover warmed up three times and at one point passed the time with a little trickery. He lined up two balls in the direction of the range and hit them with a wedge so one went straight in the air, and Jerry Kelly took a baseball swing with an inverted club and made contact.

Through four tournaments this year, the PGA Tour has had its share of weather problems. This will be the second tournament that doesn't finish on the scheduled day. The season-opening Tournament of Champions at Kapalua, Hawaii, didn't even start until Monday, the day it was supposed to end, because of 40 mph gusts. It had to be reduced to 54 holes and was completed on Tuesday.

Woods was at 11-under 133 and didn't need to go to the course because he was in the last group with Billy Horschel and Casey Wittenberg. Horschel spent part of his day getting advice through text messages on how to play with Woods.

PGA EUROPE: Chris Wood eagled No. 18 to win the Qatar Masters in Doha for his first European Tour victory, overtaking Sergio Garcia (66) and George Coetzee (65), who finished a shot back. The 142nd-ranked Englishman finished the final round at 3-under 69 for 18-under 270.

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