Woods races ahead at Torrey Pines

Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the 15th hole of the north course at the Torrey Pines during the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open.Picture: AP

Tiger Woods made a blistering start to his second round at the Farmers Insurance Open today to race into a three-shot lead in La Jolla, California.

Woods, who missed the cut at last week’s Abu Dhabi Championship and started today three shots behind overnight leaders Brandt Snedeker and KJ Choi, recorded four birdies and an eagle three in his opening 11 holes after starting on the back nine on the north course of the Torrey Pines golf course.

That left the six-time tournament champion on 10 under heading into his final seven holes, three shots clear of a group of four players in second place - Charles Howell III, Choi, Luke Guthrie and Luke List.

Guthrie was the biggest mover of that quartet, finishing his front nine on three under for the day, while Howell and List were one under after 12 and five, respectively, on the north course.

Choi, meanwhile, was level par after 11 having seen his two birdies wiped out by two bogeys.

Defending champion Snedeker, who started with a 65 yesterday to share the lead with Choi, had slipped back to six under today after a dropped shot at the first left him one over after five.

England’s Ross Fisher, the leading European on the leaderboard, was in joint sixth on six under for the tournament after playing his opening four holes to par today.

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