Tiger Woods Slumps To 3rd Round 74 In Farmers Open

Tiger Woods Slumps To 3rd Round 74 In Farmers Open

Playing his first competitive tournament of 2011 Tiger Woods was well in contention at the halfway stage of the Farmers Open but played poor golf in the 3rd round shooting a two over par round of 74 which leaves him too far back to have any realistic chance of winning this US PGA Tour event which is played at Torrey Pines in California .

Woods has a fantastic record at Torrey Pines but was unable to produce his best from on Saturday and admitted afterwards that "I did not play well at all today. It was a struggle all day, and I finally found something at 16, but 15 holes already had gone by, so that was pretty frustrating."

Two opening rounds of 69 had left Woods very much in contention at the halfway stage and the 74 ended his amazing sequence of 21 rounds of par or better at Torrey Pines .

Phil Mickelson is joint leader going into today's last round on 12 under par alongside Bill Haas with Hunter Mahan and Buba Watson only one shot further back .Mickelson has not won at Torrey Pines since 2001 but will look to make it his fourth victory on Sunday.Mickelson has not won at Torrey Pines since 2001 but will look to make it his fourth victory at the San Diego course and is best odds at 15/8 with UK bookmaker Bet365 . Mickelson managed only one birdie on the par fives and is deliberately playing the course more conservatively . After completing his 3rd round of 68 Mickelson told reporters that " I'm just playing it much more conservative, because the reward isn't there. This course doesn't reward you for taking on any challenge. And my more conservative approach into the greens, albeit boring, has led me to be on top of the leaderboard."

It's all set up for a fascinating final round and Mickelson is joined in the final group by Haas and Hunter and tee off at 10.15am local time (6.15pm GMT)   

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