|Tiger Woods is blowing away the field at Torrey Pines. (Getty Images)|
I think we can pretty much shut this thing down and move on to Phoenix for next week's event.
This is vintage Tiger -- blow away the field early and set up a scenario (in this case a four-shot lead) in which he can par-par-par-par his way home in the final round.
He chased every shot, took advantage of every birdie putt (five in all) and limited his mistakes (other than a sloppy six on No. 18 -- his first-ever bogey at that hole in this tournament) on a much nicer day than Saturday at the Famers Insurance Open.
Sunday at Torrey Pines is a little bit odd in that golfers are trying to get 36 holes in as quickly as possible to avoid a Monday finish. For example, at the time of this post Snedeker was five shots back but already five holes into his final round while Woods just finished up his third.
Unfortunately, it looks like the leaders (Woods included) are only going to be able to get about halfway through their last 18.
Little does Woods care, though, as he's 18 holes from matching his record for wins at a single tournament (7) currently shared between the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and Arnold Palmer Invitational.
David Feherty noted it about halfway through Woods' round and I agree with what he said:
Tiger Woods reminds me of someone I used to know.....Tiger Woods.
He's really been that great. In a weekend chock full of storylines, he's buried all of them and run away with the spotlight.
Like I discussed yesterday, Tiger being "back" is a mythical argument, it can never be answered. But as for that "can Tiger still close?" question, I think we're getting a resounding answer.
Everybody else is playing for second in this tournament.
The only number in question (and it won't be reached unless somebody like Snedeker makes a serious run at him) is Tiger's tournament record score of -22 set in 1999.