SAN DIEGO Winning the Buick Invitational is now a matter of when, not who.
Tiger Woods hit his stride Saturday at Torrey Pines, missing only one green in regulation on his way to a 6-under 66 and an eight-shot lead, the largest 54-hole margin on the PGA Tour since Phil Mickelson in 2006 at the BellSouth Classic.
Woods was at 18-under 198, tying the 54-hole record at Torrey Pines set by Woody Blackburn in 1985. Woods also shattered tournament records for a 54-hole lead (five shots) and appears well on his way to capturing the Buick Invitational for the fourth straight year, and sixth time in his career.
It was Woods' largest 54-hole lead since he led by 10 on his way to a 15-shot victory in the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, an ominous sign with Torrey Pines hosting the U.S. Open this summer.
TURTLE BAY CHAMPIONSHIP: Gil Morgan shot an even-par 72 in windy conditions to maintain a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Turtle Bay Championship, Kahuku, Hawaii.
The 61-year-old Morgan had a birdie and bogey on each side of the wind-swept Palmer Course for a 36-hole total of 7-under 137 in the Champions Tour's first-field event of the year. Jim Thorpe (71) and Bernhard Langer (71) were 5 under.
Defending champion Fred Funk, coming off a win last week in the winners-only MasterCard Championship, shot his second straight 70 to match Morris Hatalsky (73), Phil Blackmar (72) and Fulton Allem (72) at 4 under.
SOUTH WINS SENIOR BOWL: For once, Andre Caldwell and Erik Ainge had a dramatic finish that both could cheer.
Florida's Caldwell scored on a 2-yard end around off a handoff from Tennessee's Ainge on the final play of the Senior Bowl to cap a 14-play, 86-yard final drive and lift the South to a 17-16 win over the North on Saturday in Mobile, Ala.
After careers spent battling for the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division in a bitter rivalry, they made for an odd pairing on the winning play.
"It's fun to end your college career like that," said Ainge, whose 13-of-21 passing and 159 yards all came in the second half. "I'll remember handing the ball to a Gator to win for the rest of my life."
Caldwell plunged into the end zone, getting hit by Terrence Wheatley at the goal line, and promptly celebrated the fourth-down score with a Gator chomp. Georgia's Brandon Coutu then made the extra point.
NEW FOOTBALL LEAGUE HAS DRAFT: Bryan Randall and Eric Crouch still long to play professional football.
Though the two quarterbacks might not earn another NFL paycheck, Randall and Crouch are grateful that the All American Football League will debut in April.
The league will fill the void created when the NFL shut down NFL Europe earlier this year after 16 seasons. The league was losing a reported $30 million a season.
With teams in Detroit; Little Rock, Ark.; Gainesville, Fla.; Birmingham, Ala.; Knoxville, Tenn.; and a yet-to-be-determined city in Texas, the league hopes to build on fans' identification with former collegiate stars.
WAKE FOREST PLAYER DISMISSED: A Wake Forest reserve running back has been dismissed from the team after writing on his Facebook page that he would "blow up campus."
Campus police said 19-year-old Luke Caparelli posted the note on the social-networking page on Jan. 13. The note was written in third person and included a threat that Caparelli would have an Uzi submachine gun "locked and loaded in his bag."