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Farmers Open playoff runs out of daylight, so Day and Noren will battle again on Monday

Tod Leonard, The San Diego Union-Tribune on

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The two halved 18 again with two-putt birdies. They split the 16th and 17th with pars, and with the light quickly fading, both birdied 18 for a third straight time.

"It's like match play coming down the stretch," Noren said. "It's so important over every shot, and maybe not as much as in stroke play, you can play safe sometimes, and you can play aggressive (at other times).

At 18, he said, "You need to play aggressive to finish it out."

With the winds gusting at 20 mph at times, the conditions were extremely difficult, and the day's best score was 69. The scoring average was a full 21/2 shots higher from Saturday to Sunday -- 72.20 to 74.77.

"More like U.S. Open golf than European golf," Noren said.

Tiger Woods, who garnered much of the fan and media attention during the week in his first PGA Tour start in a year, was gone hours before the late theatrics. But he was happy with the "fight" he showed in making his first weekend appearance in an official tour event since 2015.

He shot 72 on Sunday to finish at 3 under and respectably place in a tie for 23rd.

"Very pleased," Woods said of the week. "After not playing for a couple of years and coming out here on the tour, playing a solid four days, I fought hard for these scores. They weren't like drive it down the middle, hit on the green, two putts -- one of those yawners."

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That Woods scored what he did was fairly remarkable considering he hit three fairways in each of the last three rounds. His percentage of 30.41 fairways found was the worst for any tournament in his career.

Woods has a lot of work still to do before he compete in the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club, Feb. 15-18.

Asked what his list of priorities is before he arrives in Los Angeles, Woods said, "Everything."

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