Fog pushes third round to Sunday at Torrey Pines with Monday finish wire reports

SAN DIEGO -- Fog caused the cancellation of almost all play at the Farmers Insurance Open on Saturday, with the tournament now set for a Monday finish.

Three players completed one hole at Torrey Pines before the rest of the day's play was called off. Players will resume the round on Sunday morning and play as long as daylight allows, and then finish Monday.

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Tiger Woods, who had a two-shot lead over Billy Horschel and is chasing his seventh win in the event, did not even arrive at the course.

Tour officials were hopeful of rain and wind on Sunday morning; two elements that most golfers usually dread but what is needed to keep the fog away.

"When Mother Nature doesn't want you to play, you can't play," said Mark Russell, the tour vice president of competition.

Through four tournaments this year, the PGA Tour already had had its share of weather problems. This will be the second tournament that doesn't finish on the scheduled day. The Tournament of Champions in Hawaii didn't even start until Monday, the day it was supposed to end, because of strong winds. It had to be reduced to 54 holes and was completed on Tuesday.

Russell said there would not be a 54-hole cut for 87 players -- typically there is a cut when the field is more than 78 players on Saturday. Instead, they will take a short lunch break and go back out, racing time when fog allows. The groups will stay the same until the tournament is over.

Horschel also is among 17 players who are entered in the qualifier Monday to get into the Phoenix Open, which starts next week. Russell said those players have been given the latest tee times for the qualifier in the hope they can make it.

Russell said the Farmers Insurance Open will go 72 holes. He just couldn't promise when 84 players could get to the 37th hole of the tournament. Without rain, there was the chance of more fog Sunday morning.

"If we say we're not going to play because we might have fog in the morning, and we didn't have fog, we'd have tremendous problems," he said. "So we're going to schedule it, and hopefully, we won't have fog and we can play golf. That's all we can do. If Mother Nature doesn't cooperate, we don't have very much control over that. We're going to be out here, ready to play, and see what happens."

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