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Won't see Tiger Woods on Sunday

SAN DIEGO -- In his illustrious PGA Tour career spanning the past 18 years, Tiger Woods has played more than 1,000 rounds of golf at hundreds of courses around the world.

Only once has he played worse than he played Saturday at Torrey Pines -- bad enough to be sent home early from the Farmers Insurance Open, ousted by a secondary cut for the first time.

Woods shot 7-over-par 79 to finish 6-over 222 at Torrey, his first above-par performance in 13 previous starts on the course. The 54-hole leader, Gary Woodland, fired a 2-under 70 to move to 8-under 216, one shot in front of Marc Leishman and Jordan Spieth.

Nine other golfers are within three shots of the lead.

"I played beautifully today," Woodland said. "I drove the ball well, really controlled the golf ball into the greens, which is huge. My putting was a little off today. ... I made some early and unfortunately I gave some back at the end, but all in all I played really well today."

Upon signing his scorecard, Woods quickly declined all interviews, signed a few dozen autographs for fans and was whisked away by tournament staffers in a white van, his weekend officially over.

He was likely already out of contention before play Saturday, nine shots back of the lead in the morning. But a round that bad was nearly unimaginable.

There was one particularly horrid seven-hole stretch midway through the round where Woods failed to record a single par, bogeying five times and double-bogeying back-to-back holes.

Woods' playing partner, tour journeyman Jhonattan Vegas, said he was surprised to see the world's No. 1 golfer continuously make mistakes on Torrey's South Course.

"You don't expect to see that out of him," Vegas said. "But it happens to everyone -- even to him."

Woods' lone worse round on tour came at the July 2002 British Open at Muirfield, when a torrential downpour clouded up the fabled Scottish course.

He shot a 10-over-par 81 in the third round before famously following it up with a final-round 65.

Woodland, a long driver, is a two-time tour winner. He will tee off at 10:25 a.m. Sunday in the final grouping alongside Leishman and Spieth, who had the 36-hole lead.

After putting poorly Thursday and fantastically Friday, Spieth kept up his quality putting but struggled with everything else, by his own estimation, dropping four shots in the first five holes before rebounding to card a 3-over 75.

"All I can take out of today that I liked was the putting, and only the putting on the back nine," Spieth said.

NOTES

Before his final hole of the tournament, Woods called over CBS broadcaster Peter Kostis for a brief conversation and handshake. Kostis was making his first television appearance since the spring after battling and beating colon cancer. ...

Locals Cameron Tringale (Mission Viejo/Laguna Niguel) and Hunter Mahan (Orange) are out of reach of the lead heading into the final day, Mahan nine shots back after shooting 1-over 73 and Tringale 10 shots back after a 4-over 76. Michael Block (Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club) missed the 54-hole cut after posting a tournament-worst 14-over 86. ...

Phil Mickelson withdrew before play began. He had made the cut at 2-under 142 but opted against continuing while fighting through back pain.

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