|Tiger Woods looks to build on his second-round lead. (Getty Images)|
Can Tiger Woods still close? That's the question on everyone's mind.
"Is Tiger back?" is a mythical argument that will never really have an answer. But "Can Tiger close?" is a real one that has a definitive result. It will be on display at Torrey Pines all weekend.
He has won 34 of 44 tournaments overall when he has had a lead after 36 holes but only two of his last six.
Here are four more things to watch for as we head into the weekend:
- Who makes a run? -- You know the history of chasing Tiger (not pretty). Will anyone within five shots of him go low in the third round to set up a fourth round showdown? My money is on Nick Watney (my pick before the tournament began) or
- Golf owns the weekend -- For the first time since the end of August, no pro or college football will be played this weekend. The Australian Open ends early Sunday morning, the basketball schedule is sparse. Golf will be on full display on Sunday afternoon and early evening, and you know Tiger loves that.
- How will Tiger play it -- It has been wet and a little nasty all week in supposedly sunny San Diego. The south course (where the weekend takes place) played a little tougher than 1-over-par in bad conditions on Friday, and more cold and rain is expected for the weekend. Tiger has long said he just wants to be in tournaments during the back nine on Sunday. Will he play it safe in the third round because the course will be so tough, or will he take chances and try to run away with it?
- Web.com influence -- Of the 14 guys within four shots of Tiger, eight are on PGA Tour this year because they either got through Q-school or finished in the top 25 on the Web.com Tour. That's a staggering number. And all the more reason why Woods might have this thing locked up.