Farmers Insurance Open 2013: Day 4 Leaderboard Analysis, Highlights and More

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IJanuary 28, 2013

LA JOLLA, CA - JANUARY 27:  Tiger Woods hits a tee shot on the 14th hole during the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open at at Torrey Pines South Golf Course on January 27, 2013 in La Jolla, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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The winner of the weather-delayed Farmers Insurance Open won't be decided until Monday, but Tiger Woods did his best to eliminate suspense. 

The former world No. 1 began Sunday's play with a two-stroke lead. He closed the day with a six-shot lead as fourth-round play was suspended due to darkness. 

After severe fog kept any group from finishing more than a hole on Saturday, these guys had to pack in as much golf as the day would allow on Sunday.

With the weather cooperating, everyone finished up the third round, and the last group made it through the seventh hole of the fourth round.    

Check out the full leaderboard here, and the leaders at the end of Sunday's action below:

Day 4 Leaderboard

Position Player Total Hole
1 Tiger Woods -17 7
T2 Brandt Snedeker
-11 13
T2 Nick Watney -11 8
4 Brad Fritsch -9 7
T5 Luke Guthrie -8
T5 Steve Marino -8
T5 Casey Wittenberg -8
T5 Josh Teater -8
T5 Erik Compton -8

In many ways, this has been vintage Tiger. He has looked extremely comfortable with his game, and he has played steady golf while extending his lead.

The most notable area of Tiger's game this week has been his distance control. He has struggled with that area over the past few seasons, but he has been on point here. Just like he was on No. 13 in Round 3:

Woods fired a three-under 69 for the third round, and his only real slip was the lone bogey of the round, which he carded on No. 18.

He might have taken some of the frustration with him. After driving the ball brilliantly during the third round, Tiger lost control off the tee as he began pulling the ball left. 

However, Tiger was not only able to limit the damage done by the bad tee shots, he made it work for him. Check out this marvelous shot making from No. 4:

So, this is obviously Tiger's tournament to lose. While his struggles off the tee in Round 4, offer a glimmer of hope to the field on Monday, they are going to have their work cut out for them. 

Let's take a look at some of the guys chasing Tiger. 

Defending champ, Brandt Snedeker fired a three-under 69 for his third round, and he sits in second place. Snedeker is a consistent and steady ball striker, but it is with his putter where he really makes his money. He put that putter to work on No. 4 in Round 4 as he made his late charge:

However, that putter began to fail Snedeker, and he even suffered through a three putt on No. 12. He will now hope to regain that magic touch as he resumes his round on No. 14.

Like the two golfers we just discussed, Nick Watney has had great success at Torrey Pines, and he is playing great there once again.

Watney ended the third round with 71. That is his worst round of this tournament. This drained putt from just off the 10th green saved Watney's third round from being even worse.

However, he caught fire in Round 4 as he is three-under through eight.

We just had a couple of impressive efforts with the flat blade, but they both take a back seat to this long putt from Steve Marino. 

Marino is tied for fifth, and he could be in far better position were it not for a rough Round 3. Just like Watney, Marino had his worst round of the tournament. He fired a one-over 73. He bounced back nicely in Round 4 by notching a birdie on two of the first four holes. 

However, he bogeyed the seventh, the last hole he completed, to sit at one-under for the fourth round. 

Tiger has a big pack of tightly bunched golfers chasing him, but he has them at arm's length.