Tiger Woods Shows Signs of Old Self at Farmers Insurance Open

Kevin PahlauContributor IIIJanuary 28, 2013

Tiger Woods still leads at the Farmers Insurance Open
Tiger Woods still leads at the Farmers Insurance OpenDonald Miralle/Getty Images

Remember when Tiger Woods would dominate a tournament? Remember when he had a commanding lead on those he was playing against?

Those memories are not that far away as they seem. In fact, it happened this weekend.

After a fog delayed round on Saturday, Woods picked up Sunday where he left off—in the lead.

Weather has hampered the Farmer's Insurance Open this year. The relentless drizzle that players endured on Thursday and Friday was not the only element of the tournament that was frustrating them.

Woods was the other part of the story.

Throughout the weekend, Woods has shown signs of his old self—the good and the bad.

His rhythm, swing and ball-striking have been very consistent. He seems to be playing well within himself, not really forcing anything to happen.

Is he approaching the perfection of his reconstructed swing we have been witnessing over the past couple of years? Maybe, but it could also be his comfort level playing at Torrey Pines. He has won there six times. There's no doubt, he is familiar with the area.

Remember when a angry Woods would slam his club into the ground and mutter to himself after hitting a poor shot? Well, that Woods has been seen at the same tournament this weekend, too.

There seems to be more good than bad to focus on, though.

If Woods wins at Torrey Pines, Monday, he will add his victory to a collection of courses he has conquered seven times. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and Arnold Palmer Invitational have fallen victim to him seven times as well.

Who are Woods' closets rivals for Monday?

Nick Watney and defending champion Brandt Snedeker are currently tied in second at 11 under.

Snedeker looked to be an obvious favorite going into the tournament. How does he approach his finishing round on Monday?

Snedeker told The Associated Press, 'I've got a guy at the top of the leaderboard that doesn't like giving up leads,'' Snedeker said. ''So I have to go catch him.''

Catch him, if he can, that is.

Nick Watney told Fox Sports, ''All we can do tomorrow is go out and try to make him think about it a little bit and see what happens.''

Nobody cares for Mondays. Now, players will have to contend with finishing their final round on a Monday, alongside Woods.


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