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“I’m going to try to win the tournament that Tiger’s not playing,” Justin Leonard said after a 65, the best round of the day that moved him up 44 spots into a tie for fourth.

Woods had none of it.

It was his 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.

“If it was over, they’d be handing out the trophy,” Woods said.

Kevin Streelman, the 29-year-old rookie who was the last alternate to get into the Buick Invitational, finally met Woods on the first tee, and then came the introduction to his game.