Tiger Woods made it look easy on a dreary day at Torrey Pines and wound up in a place he hasn't been in five years. He had the 36-hole lead by himself at one of his favorite PGA Tour stops in San Diego.
Woods didn't miss a shot during a four-hole stretch around the turn on the North Course that included a 5-iron to 5 feet for eagle and a wedge that one-hopped off the pin to set up birdie. It carried him to a 7-under 65 on Friday at the Farmers Insurance Open.
"I feel good right now," he said. "I'm leading the tournament."
Woods was at 11-under 133 and had a two-shot lead over Billy Horschel, with six other players at 136.
Already a favorite with seven wins as a professional at Torrey Pines, Woods had even more in his favor going into the weekend. He had a 74-0 edge in tour titles against the next seven players behind him.
Horschel, who had to go back to Q-school to get his card last year, had a 3-under 69 on the South Course to get into Saturday's final group.
"It's a good day, and I'm excited about tomorrow -- I get to play with Tiger," Horschel said.
Woods caught a break in the draw by playing the easier North -- it's about 600 yards shorter -- on a day of light rain, a late breeze and soft conditions. He kept the ball in play off the tee and got in trouble only once. That was on the par-4 eighth hole when he drove into a tough lie in the bunker, and it led to his only bogey.
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"Drive the ball well here and you're going to probably have four iron shots into the par 5s," he said. "You sprinkle that in with probably four or five wedge shots in there, a round of 6 or 7 under par is definitely conceivable."
It is Woods' first outright lead going into the weekend against a full field since the Australian Open in 2011 (he finished third), and his first time atop the leader board at Torrey Pines since 2008.
He's coming off a missed cut in Abu Dhabi last week to start his year.
"Even though last week I played only two days, I felt like I hit the ball well enough to shoot a better score than I did," Woods said. "I had a couple of days to work on it, and I came out here and felt pretty good about it."
Brad Fritsch, a rookie from Canada, had a 67 on the South to lead the group of six players at 8 under.
The others were Casey Wittenberg, Steve Marino, Jimmy Walker, Josh Teater and Erik Compton, whom Woods referred to as "remarkable" for being a two-time heart transplant recipient and being on the tour.
Defending champion Brandt Snedeker didn't fare so well. After opening with a 65 on the North, he made only one birdie and twice took bogey on the par 5s on his way to a 75 on the South that left him seven shots behind.
Phil Mickelson finished bogey-bogey on the South for a 1-under 71 to make the cut on the number, though his work isn't over. There were 87 players who made the cut at 1-under 143, meaning there will be another cut to top 70 and ties Saturday.
The final two rounds move to the South Course, which played about 1½ shots harder Friday in the rain. The greens are more receptive, sure, but the course figures to play at full length in wet conditions and at sea level.
European Tour: Chris Wood shot an 8-under 64 for a three-stroke lead over former U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell and two others after the third round of the Qatar Masters in Doha.
Wood had five birdies on the front nine en route to a 15-under 201 total. The 142nd-ranked Wood is looking for his first tour win in his 115th event.
Simon Khan (66) and Alexander Noren (66) joined Campbell (68) in second, while Sergio Garcia (70) was four shots off the lead.