More fog delays allowed the leaders to play no more than five holes yesterday in the Buick Invitational in San Diego. Tiger Woods didn't even need that long to make up a three-shot deficit on Tom Lehman.
Woods birdied his first two holes, one of them by holing out from the bunker on No. 11, and was tied with Lehman at 14 under par when darkness fell on Torrey Pines.
Woods finished his second round early yesterday with a birdie to cap off a 63 on the easier North course, then waited some six hours before the fog lifted enough to see fairways and greens, but not the Pacific Ocean.
Lehman struggled from the onset, missing a 6-foot birdie on the first hole, then having to make a pair of 8-footers on the next two holes, one of them for par, the other for bogey.
Woods found the fairway on No. 14 when the horn sounded to suspend play, and elected to finish the hole. Lehman didn't bother to tee off, and will return to the tee this morning -- assuming there is no fog.
Peter Lonard, who completed his 65 early yesterday to join Woods at 12 under, decided to play the 14th and made a mess of it, taking a double to slip back to 11 under, along with Luke Donald.
Ernie Els was 2 under through five holes and begging rules officials to halt play, saying he couldn't see. He was at 10 under, along with Kevin Sutherland and Dudley Hart.
And don't forget about Vijay Singh.
Quietly marching along in the group behind Woods -- the leaders teed off on the back nine for television -- the 41-year-old Fijian birdied three of his last four holes and was at 8 under.
The third round is expected to resume at 7:30 a.m.
Sunshine bathed Torrey Pines all week, and with no rain in the forecast, no one imagined the Buick Invitational might be headed for a Monday finish. Tournament official Mark Russell held out hope that the tournament could be decided this evening, but that requires no more fog delays. And that might be asking a lot.
Nearly 60 players arrived yesterday morning to finish the second round. Some were on the practice range hitting soft lob wedges to about 70 yards, unable to see where the ball was landing.
After a 2 1/2-hour delay, the second round resumed.
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