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Farmers Insurance Open: Gary Woodland leads by one

Gary Woodland leads the Farmers Insurance Open by one stroke after firing a two-under 70 in the third round.  He was bogey-free through the first 14 holes, but played poorly down the stretch with a bogey, birdie, double-bogey, and three-putt par finish.  Woodland is at eight-under total, one stroke ahead of Marc Leishman and Jordan Spieth.

Woodland is confident he will play well tomorrow, “I have a great game plan, I feel comfortable on this golf course, it really sets up for my eye.”

The two-time winner said his game plan is to play aggressively.

Second round leader Jordan Spieth went four-over through his first five, but shot one-under over the final 13 holes to finish with a 75.  Spieth felt the South course was “gettable,” but said he did not hit enough fairways to score.

Marc Leishmann made a birdie on five and a bogey on sixteen to shoot even-par.  The Australian is a fan of the difficult course setup at Torrey, “It’s long and tough, I like it when par’s a good score.”

Morgan Hoffman and Pat Perez both shot even par, and are tied for fourth at six-under.  Hoffman is in his sophomore season on tour, and is showing he has the game to compete with the best players in the world.

Perez is feeling the love from his hometown, “It’s a position I’ve wanted to be in since I was 13, you know, come down the stretch and guys are screaming your name.  You get that hometown support, you can’t describe it, it’s just awesome.”

22 players are within four shots of the lead heading into the final round.  Woodland started the third round four back of Jordan Spieth, and now leads the tournament by a stroke.  The difficult course conditions allow someone to emerge from the pack, and claim the W.

Third round movers: Andres Romero shot a five-under 67 to move up 60 spots to T6 (5-under total).  Brian Stuard shot 69 to move up 37 spots to T13 (4-under total).  Ryo Ishikawa and Rory Sabbatini both shot 69 to move up 26 spots to T6 (5-under total).

Tiger Woods will not be playing the final round after shooting a 79.  He failed to make the secondary cut known as “MDF.”  MDF stands for “made cut, but did not finish.”

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