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Tiger Woods leads by six at Torrey Pines but Farmers Insurance Open finish delayed by fog

Tiger hits top form to build six-shot lead at Torrey Pines but finish delayed by fog

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

02:15 GMT, 28 January 2013

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UPDATED:

02:15 GMT, 28 January 2013

Tiger Woods remained on course for victory as the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines went into a fifth day.

After fog remarkably wiped out all but five minutes of day three's play, the third round and a large chunk of the fourth was completed today before darkness fell.

When that moment came, Woods was 17 under par with 11 holes to play, six shots clear of nearest challengers Brandt Snedeker and Nick Watney.

Can't see the Woods for the tree: Tiger hits out of the rough on the fourth hole at Torrey Pines

Can't see the Woods for the tree: Tiger hits out of the rough on the fourth hole at Torrey Pines

He's flying: Woods looks in fine form

He's flying: Woods looks in fine form

Woods was two shots clear at the start of play and extended his lead with a three-under-par third round of 69, bettered only by Australian Aaron Baddeley with 68.

The world number two began his final round four clear, having won on 39 of the 41 previous occasions he has led outright with 18 holes remaining – though the quick turnaround meant he had not changed into his trademark red shirt.

Nor did he start in typical fashion. He sent his first tee shot way left and needed a good recovery shot to set up a par, and then hit his second tee shot on to the fringe of the sixth fairway and was fortunate to have a clear shot in, though even then he needed an excellent 10-yard pitch to save par.
But he birdied the next two and gained another shot at the sixth before finishing with a par at the seventh.

Reigning champion Snedeker had spoken during Saturday's inactivity of the need to score low in today's extended play, and he certainly did so.

After also shooting 69 in the third round, Snedeker began his fourth with four birdies on the front nine and ended the day on 11 under par with five holes to play in the tournament.

Watney, the 2009 champion, could only manage 71 in his third round but was three under through eight to move in to contention on 11 under.

Head and shoulders above: World No 2 chips in for birdie on the fourth hole in San Diego

Head and shoulders above: The world No 2 chips in for birdie on the fourth hole in San Diego

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Canada's Brad Fritsch was nine under through seven but Woods' playing partner Casey Wittenberg dropped back from that mark after bogeying the seventh, failing to get up and down from a ridiculous position near the second tee.

Luke Guthrie, Josh Teater, Steve Marino and Erik Compton were also at eight under, with six players including Englishman Ross Fisher tied on seven under.

Joey Barton plays for Marseille behind closed doors

Barton blasts 'farmer's field' after Marseille beat Bastia behind closed doors

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UPDATED:

00:13 GMT, 13 December 2012

Joey Barton helped Marseille to a 2-1 win against Bastia last night – but there was no-one in the stands to see it.

Bastia were forced to play the match behind closed doors after their clash with Ajaccio in October descended into chaos.

The Corsican derby was stopped for five minutes after fans of both teams started fighting and threw fireworks following a mass brawl on the pitch.

Helping hand: Joey Barton's Marseille beat Bastia to continue to keep in touch with the league leaders

Helping hand: Joey Barton's Marseille beat Bastia to continue to keep in touch with the league leaders

Mathieu Valbuena deservedly put Marseille ahead with a
superb volley from just inside the box in the 15th minute.

Andre Ayew doubled the lead from the penalty spot on 70
minutes after goalkeeper Landry Bonnefoi had fouled his younger brother Jordan.

Empty: Bastia were forced to play behind closed doors after trouble in their match with Ajaccio

Empty: Bastia were forced to play behind closed doors after trouble in their match with Ajaccio

Locked out: Fans were forced to watch the match on a big screen outside the ground

Locked out: Fans were forced to watch the match on a big screen outside the ground

Anthony Modeste scored a late goal but Bastia did not go on
to worry the visitors, who clinched their sixth away league win and also
welcomed back striker Andre-Pierre Gignac six weeks after he suffered a broken
foot.

Barton later tweeted: 'Great 3 points on that farmers field. No fans in the stadium but loads outside throwing fireworks. Freezing cold showers as well.'

Marseille are third in Ligue One, level on points with Paris Saint-Germain.

Taking aim: Wahbi Khazri of Bastia (left) lines up a shot during his side's defeat

Taking aim: Wahbi Khazri of Bastia (left) lines up a shot during his side's defeat

Shebby Singh says Blackburn job is a good opportunity

Don't be chicken! Singh the enforcer vows Blackburn's a good job for somebody

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UPDATED:

23:27 GMT, 11 October 2012

Shebby Singh walks over to Steve Kean’s old desk at Blackburn’s training ground and points to a motivational magazine’s tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson pinned up on the noticeboard.

‘What an interesting article — pity he didn’t put any of Ferguson’s methods into practice,’ said Blackburn’s mischievous global advisor.

That is the beauty of Singh. Every conversation, no matter how serious or light-hearted, always has a sting in the tail.

Bring it on: Shebby Singh does not want anyone to be discouraged from applying for the job

Bring it on: Shebby Singh does not want anyone to be discouraged from applying for the job

Singh is the eyes and ears of Blackburn’s owners, Venky’s, director of football in all but name and carrying the responsibility of restoring the club to the Barclays Premier League.

A former professional player in Malaysia, he quit as a TV pundit in Singapore with ESPN to take up his Ewood Park role in June.

In the mornings he looks like one of the coaches, marching on to the pitches at Brockhall Village in Blackburn-branded training gear, bearing his initials, and muddy boots.

‘When I got here it was like a holiday home,’ he said. ‘Too many fat cats who were overpaid and underperforming. That’s changing.

‘I watch training but I don’t want to be the manager. I’m here to support the players.’

After lunch, he puts on a suit and drives over to Ewood for an afternoon of conference calls and emails with his Venky’s bosses at their enormous chicken plant in Pune, India.

‘Everyone knows there has been a situation between the owners and the fans and the previous manager, but they are on our side now,’ he said.

Discussion: Neil Ashton with Singh

Discussion: Neil Ashton with Singh

‘You cannot insult the owners because
they are chicken farmers. You will always get people with their sick
minds and silly jokes but it does get upsetting. You do not insult
someone’s profession or make fun of it, that is unacceptable.’

Singh himself has been fair game since he told Blackburn fans Kean would be sacked if he lost three games in a row in the Championship and referred to Morten Gamst Pedersen as a ‘pensioner’. He is aware of his reputation but his enthusiasm and passion for this unusual role rubs off on everyone with whom he comes into contact.

He stops, smiles, shakes hands and talks to everyone, from bumping into caretaker manager Eric Black in the corridor to the ladies working on reception.

Gone: Steve Kean has left

Gone: Steve Kean has left

‘The atmosphere around the place has been lifted, there is a feeling of relief,’ said Singh. ‘Against Wolves in our last game there were 4-5,000 extra fans and they are behind the team again. I haven’t heard a single grouse or complaint from them and they are more understanding.

‘I can safely say the worst is behind us. We went through a difficult period in the club’s history but we are over that.’

Kean left the night before Blackburn drew 1-1 against Charlton on September 29 and Singh has the power to appoint the next manager.

Tim Sherwood, who captained the team which won the Premier League title in 1995, tops a list of possibles that includes wild card Henrik Larsson.

Singh said: ‘We don’t want anyone to be
frightened or worried about coming here. The objective is to build a
team but it’s not like going to a supermarket and picking a manager off
the shelf.

‘They don’t have to worry, I’m not
going to be the manager, I wouldn’t insult other managers or coaches. I
am in a supportive role. I’m not here to breathe down the new manager’s
neck, I’ll be his biggest supporter.

‘The new manager must understand he
will not have two or three seasons to build the club — he will be under
pressure straight away.

‘If he doesn’t get it right we will have a chat about things. He doesn’t have to worry about losing three games in a row at the start — because he’s new we will give him a few more.’

Managing Blackburn should be a prestigious job but Kean’s replacement will inherit a team playing Championship football for the first time in 11 years.

Last year’s 49.9million wage bill has been swollen by the 40,000-a-week contract signed by Jordan Rhodes in August and debts of 36m increased with the striker’s 8m transfer from Huddersfield.

They are ninth in the Championship and it is not good enough for a club with Rhodes, Pedersen, Paul Robinson, Nuno Gomes, Danny Murphy and David Dunn at their disposal.

Chance: A new boss will be given time to settle - but not too much

Chance: A new boss will be given time to settle – but not too much

Venky’s have promised financial support, footing the bills in return for a manager who can win promotion this season. That is Singh’s immediate target but convincing fans who waved ‘Venky’s out’ banners last season is another priority.

Sir Jack Walker, the steel magnate who pumped money into his hometown team, is the benchmark at Blackburn. Nearly 20 years on from that title- winning team and 12 years after he passed away, Walker is still revered in the area.

Singh said: ‘When there is a change in ownership there are expectations and only time will allow my bosses to be spoken of in the same breath as Sir Jack. That is the owners’ ambition and, if we can surpass it eventually, that would be something.

‘Managers want to be remembered like Sir Matt Busby or Bill Shankly, owners want to leave a legacy for the supporters and the town.

‘We hope we can stand alongside him. We already have a stand in Ronnie Clayton’s name. If we get promoted, it will be too soon to think of naming “The Shebby Stand”.’

If they don’t make it, he knows it may be his last stand.

Brandt Snedeker wins Farmers Insurance Open after Kyle Stanley implodes

Snedeker steals Farmers Insurance Open crown after Stanley implodes

Brandt Snedeker claimed an implausible victory at the Farmers Insurance Open that had not seemed remotely possible until Kyle Stanley's triple bogey at the final hole at Torrey Pines.

Stanley held a seven-shot lead over Snedeker early in the final round and his maiden PGA Tour victory seemed assured.

He had consecutive bogeys on the 11th and 12th but still held a four-shot lead on the 18th tee.

Surf's up! Brandt Snedeker poses with the winner's trophy and surfboard

Surf's up! Brandt Snedeker poses with the winner's trophy and surfboard

Snedeker had finished with a 67 for what appeared to be the runners-up spot before heading off to speak to the media.

However, Stanley spun the ball into the water before hitting his fifth shot to the back shelf of the green at which point Snedeker decided to head back to the scoring area.

He then watched Stanley three-putt from 45 feet for a triple-bogey eight and a 74 as the pair headed back to the 18th tee for a play-off.

Blown it: Kyle Stanley looks at his wedge after hitting into the water on the 18th hole during his final round

Blown it: Kyle Stanley looks at his wedge after hitting into the water on the 18th hole during his final round

Snedeker earned the win when he got up and down for par from the back of the green on the second extra hole.

He made his putt of just over five feet and then watched as Stanley's went sliding by the hole to claim his third PGA Tour victory having been well down in all of them.

He made up five strokes at the 2007 Wyndham Championship and six last year at The Heritage when he beat Luke Donald in a playoff.

He told pgatour.com: 'When I had the second chance, I really had to get myself refocused and realize that this tournament is anybody's now, now that I was in the playoff.

'If anybody had an advantage, I did, because I had done that a couple times before. I had won in a playoff on tour, and I know Kyle probably wasn't in his best frame of mind at that point after doing what he did on 18.

'So I really refocused. I played great in the playoff. Hit one bad tee shot on 18, and made a good putt on 18 for birdie, hit a great 5-iron on 16.

'I thought it was going to be right next to it. It ended up going over, but made a great putt there on those greens.

Nowhere to hide: Stanley hits from the bunker on the sixth hole

Nowhere to hide: Stanley hits from the bunker on the sixth hole

'I'm just floored right now. I had no idea I was going to be in this room right now for a second time. So I'm so excited.'

Snedeker started the final round at Torrey Pines trailing Stanley by seven strokes after a disappointing 74 in the third round had seemingly given the Tennessean too much ground to make up.

Snedeker closed with a 67 which tied Bud Cauley for the day's low round.

John Rollins finished one back after a 71 with Bill Haas and Cameron Tringale tied for fourth after rounds of 71 and 72 respectively.

Kyle Stanley leads Farmers Insurance

Stanley on verge of maiden Tour win after easing five shots clear at Torrey Pines

Kyle Stanley moved closer to his first PGA Tour victory as he shot a 68 to hold a five-shot lead going into the final round of the Farmers Insurance at Torrey Pines.

Stanley's round included five birdies and one bogey to move to 18 under ahead of rookie John Huh and three-time Tour champion John Rollins.

Bill Haas and Sang-Moon Bae are a shot further adrift but Stanley has a formidable lead as he seeks his breakthrough victory.

Closing in: Kyle Stanley will take a five shot lead into the final round

Closing in: Kyle Stanley will take a five shot lead into the final round

The last first-time winner at the Farmers Insurance Open was Jay Don Blake in 1991 and Stanley told pgatour.com: 'I've never had (a third-round lead) – especially one this big.

'I'm real happy with where I'm at but I still have to go out there tomorrow and just keep playing golf.'

Stanley's three-round total of 198 tied Tiger Woods for the 54-hole record at Torrey Pines.

Woods led by eight strokes entering the final round that Sunday in 2008 and ended up winning by the same margin.

In contention: John Rollins will hope to mount a charge on the final day

In contention: John Rollins will hope to mount a charge on the final day

Rollins, who also shot a 68, said: 'He's clearly playing well and in control of his game.

'I can only control myself and my game. That's what I'm going to do.

'Just go out and maybe make a few early birdies and try to get some heat on him and see what happens. Anything can happen on this golf course.'

Haas, the reigning FedExCup champ who took a share of the lead into the final round at Torrey Pines last year, is tied for fourth at 12 under after a 70.

Also at that number is rookie Bae, who was in the mix a week ago in the California desert and rebounded from a front-nine 40 to shoot 72.

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Big hitter: Bubba Watson landed the top prize at Torrey Pines last year

Big hitter: Bubba Watson landed the top prize at Torrey Pines last year

Tiger Woods to break back into top 10 with Abu Dhabi victory

Resurgent Woods will break back into world's top 10 if he wins in Abu Dhabi

On track: Tiger could break back into the top 10

On track: Tiger could break back into the top 10

Tiger Woods, outside the world's top 50 early last month, will be back close to the top 10 if he wins in Abu Dhabi this week.

And it is even possible that come The Masters in April he will have the chance to regain the No 1 spot.

With an appearance fee reported to be well into seven figures, Woods has chosen the Middle East for his first tournament of the year rather than the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

That is the course near San Diego
where he has not just won that event five times, but also landed the
last of his 14 majors at the 2008 US Open.

The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship is
also his first since he ended more than two years without a victory at
the Chevron World Challenge last month.

That was in a field of only 18, the highest ranked of whom at the time was number six Steve Stricker, but there were still enough points on offer to take Woods from 52nd to 21st.

He has slipped back to 25th during a six-week break, but because of the presence this week of Europe's world top four Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy and Martin Kaymer there are even more ranking points up for grabs.

Indeed, it is the second best field for a European Tour event outside majors and world championships since the rankings began in 1986.

Woods will be making his debut in the tournament, but is a two-time winner of the Dubai Desert Classic.

Last year, though, he finished 'only' 20th there, a closing 75 leaving him seven behind winner Alvaro Quiros, and was fined for spitting.

Colin Montgomerie, for one, can see Woods continuing his revival this season, predicting that he might even win two of this season's four majors.

'A Tiger victory at The Masters would be the best story for golf,' Montgomerie said.

And when asked whom he thought would be world number one at the end of the year Montgomerie went for Woods or McIlroy.

'He hasn't played that much in the last two years and so can move back up more quickly because of how the rankings work,' said the Scot.