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  • Fog rolls in, brings Farmers to halt for a day

  • SAN DIEGO — Tiger Woods is going to have to wait to pursue another win at Torrey Pines.
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  • 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 coming to the golf 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, and then finish Monday.
    And that's a best-case scenario.
    In a bizarre twist, tour officials were hopeful of 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, 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 that one ball 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 already had had its share of weather problems. This will be the second tournament that doesn't finish on the scheduled day. The Tournament of Champions at Kapalua 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 come to the course with all the delays 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.
    He'll get to see plenty of Woods over the next two days.
    Russell said there would not be a 54-hole cut for 87 players — typically there is a cut when the field is more than 78 players on Saturday. Instead, they will take a short lunch break and go back out, racing time when fog allows. The groups will stay the same until the tournament is over.
    "I think the coolest thing that can come from it is that I think it looks like we're going to be paired together for 36 holes," Horschel said. "So it's a pretty cool thing that's going to happen. It's just going to be a fun day tomorrow and Monday. So we'll see how it goes."
    Qatar Masters
    At Doha, Qatar, Chris Wood eagled the 18th hole to win the Qatar Masters for his first European Tour title, overtaking Sergio Garcia and George Coetzee.
    The 142nd-ranked Englishman hit a 6-iron from 200 yards to 12 feet to set up the winning putt. He closed with a 3-under 69 to finish at 18-under 270. Garcia and Coetzee tied for second, a stroke back. Garcia shot a 66, and Coetzee had a 65.
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