Thomas leads rain-delayed Genesis Open

Thomas leads rain-delayed Genesis Open

Tiger Woods, who was just one shot above the cut line after the second round, has sprung into action and a tie for 14th with a birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie start off the 10th tee in the third round.

It was the kind of Saturday drama at the Genesis Open that sets the table for the final round, with one big difference.

Still, Woods will need to continue at that torrid pace if he hopes to close the gap and end a victory drought at Riviera that stretches back two and a half decades. Spieth three-putted for par on the opening hole, missing from 3 feet, and three-putted from the fringe on No. 3 for a bogey to fall six shots behind. He drilled the putt to quickly drop to 4-under for the tournament.

Unfortunately he was unable to maintain the rage, playing the final eight holes in 1 over thanks to a bogey on the par-4 8th. CBS' Jim Nantz lost it when Woods rolled in the birdie putt.

"When third-round play resumes at 6:45 a.m. PT, the anchor threesome of Justin Thomas, Adam Scott and J.B. Holmes will have 34 holes remaining at a tournament that has become the "[Interstate] 405" of events - with a parade of starts and stops and nothing but break lights as far as the eye can see.

"Can't get any worse than it was the first day; four three-putts is as bad as a human being can putt".

But Woods was short of the green with his third shot from the rough at the par-five 17th when he departed the course, facing a tough up and down when play resumes.

That put him a couple of shots inside the projected cut line, and Woods was confident he'd be among those chasing a Sunday finish at the tournament that fell behind schedule with a seven-hour rain delay on Thursday.

"I got off to a nice little roll", Woods said.

"If I can have some good (play) in between, it will go a long way. But I should have an advantage, being 25, over most of the other guys".

The difference for McIlroy was on the greens, as he holed three long birdie putts. He walked gingerly, and made no secret he was looking forward to not swinging a golf club on Monday.

Play will restart at 2:45pm GMT (6:45am local time), with live coverage from 6pm through to the conclusion on Sky Sports Golf.

"I can hit the ball as hard as I did on 9, and I cannot clear the bunker like Rory did with a toe shot", Woods said.

Next up for Woods is a trip south of the border to compete in next week's WGC-Mexico Championship.

The Queenslander ranks first in the field for scrambling and fifth for strokes gained in putting. Ames, tied for the first-round lead with Sandy Lyle after a then-course record 63, had a 68 to keep a share of the top spot at 11-under 131. "They're pushing us to get through it. Give us a bag lunch and we're off".

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