Justin Rose builds 3-shot lead at Torrey as Tiger Woods stalls

Woods hopes to match the low scoring on the North Course on Friday

Woods hopes to match the low scoring on the North Course on Friday

It may be only the halfway stage, but world No. 1 Justin Rose believes he has done a good job with his seven birdies in a six-under 66 to take a three-shot lead over Hideki Matsuyama in the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose made light work of Torrey Pines' notoriously hard South course during a six-under 66 that elevated him to 15-under - three shots ahead of Hideki Matsuyama (66), with 2017 champion Jon Rahm (72) sharing third at 10 under.

Englishman Rose tied the 54-hole tournament record at 18 under following his third-round 69 in San Diego, California on Saturday.

Tiger Woods waits to hit his tee shot on the 11th hole of the South Course at Torrey Pines Golf Course during the final round of the Farmers Insurance golf tournament Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, in San Diego.

The smooth-swinging former world No.1, who has previously struggled on the greens, adopted an arm-lock grip several days before the US PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines.

"I think having my feel (is where I'm rustiest), I'd say hitting the ball pin-high, I've always been really good at that my entire career, I wasn't that good at it today", Woods explained.

Rahm started his day with a 10-foot eagle at his first hole, the 10th, and he also eagled his next par-five in flawless weather, with hardly a breath of wind drifting off the Pacific Ocean in southern California.

Rose's advantage dipped to one stroke early in Sunday's round, which was contested on the South course. But the truth is, that Tiger's gone and isn't coming back.

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"I'm consistent off the tee, and my iron play has been a lot better (recently)".

Leader Rose ran in a series of mid-length putts, few better than a 20-footer from the fringe for eagle at the par-five ninth.

A couple under par on the South course is not something to sneeze at, but now I have to shoot a low one tomorrow. He played on the South Course which is the more hard of the two.

Woods was on the tougher South course, where he won his last major, the 2008 U.S. Open.

'I could have shot something around 68, 67 today pretty easily.

The victory in Atlanta was Woods' 80th PGA Tour title, with the American also taking part in the Ryder Cup defeat in Paris towards the end of 2018. Didn't know if I could make it to Florida, first of all.

"I am usually in America at his time of year so a change this year is nice", added Lowry, who got to four-under after 13 holes and then followed back to back bogeys at the fifth and sixth with two closing birdies.

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