Woods shoots 2-under in 3rd round, Alex Noren leads

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Last Updated: Saturday, January 27, 2018

Alex Noren of Sweden two-putted for birdie on the final hole for a 3-under 69 that gave him a one-shot lead going into the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open.

Noren has nine European Tour victories and is No. 19 in the world. This is his first 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour.

He leads by one shot over Ryan Palmer, who struggled after building a two-shot lead with a 45-foot eagle putt on the par-5 15th. Jon Rahm, the defending champion who needs to win to reach No. 1 in the world, took double bogey on the last hole for a 75 and fell four shots behind.

Noren was at 11-under 205.

Tiger Woods was everywhere but the fairway and putted for birdie on only half of his holes. He still managed a 2-under 70 and was in the middle of the pack going into the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open.

Woods relied on a number of big putts and a sharp short game for a decent score Saturday.

He described his round as “gross,” although he was proud of his score.

He gave his back a good workout in the rough. Woods has hit only three fairways each of the last two days at Torrey Pines.

Woods is playing the PGA Tour for only the second time since August 2015. He had two back surgeries that fall, returned last year and then went through spinal fusion surgery in April.