Men with sylvan surnames topped the leader boards of their respective tournaments Friday and Saturday as professional golf was fully underway in the warmer areas of the planet.Full slates of name players were in the early stages of their quest for glory at either ends of the globe.
At Torrey Pines Golf Course along the Pacific Ocean in San Diego,California,Tiger Woods shot an eleven under par 65 at the Farmers Insurance Open.Fellow American Billy Horschel was in second place with his nine under par 69.Canada's Brad Fritsch held third at -8 with several others.
Woods has won seven times at Torrey Pines and wants to bring the US Open back to the public golf course.
The course is named after the torrey pine tree(Pinus torreyana).It is one of only two sites in the world where the endangered species grows naturally.The other site is Santa Rosa Island off the coast of Santa Barbara,California.The broad,open-crowned trees have an IUCN status of VU,or Vulnerable.There are about 3,000 of them left in the wild.
Across the globe,the European Tour's Commercial Bank Qatar Masters was led by England's Chris Wood with his third round 15 under par 64 at the Doha Golf Course.Second place was shared by fellow Englishman Simon Khan,Sweden's Alexander Noren and Michael Campbell of New Zealand at twelve under par.
Chris Wood has three career second place finishes on the European Tour.
Parts of the Mid-Atlantic region were coated with a light amount of powder snow on Friday,delighting the local ski resorts.