With 11 holes remaining in his the final round, officials called it a day due to the fading light. But the world number two is well on his way to victory after a three-under 69 put him at 17-under for the tournament, six strokes ahead of defending champion Brandt Snedeker (69) and Nick Watney (71) on 11-under.
"I've got to continue with executing my game plan," said Woods. "That's the idea. I've got 11 holes to play, and I've got to go out there and play them well."
If Woods wins the Farmers Insurance Open on Monday, it will be the third time he has won an individual PGA Tour event seven times having already done so at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Graham Green from the Leaderboard Golf Centre in Reading said:
"Woods is in a great position as he prepares to complete his final round. Considering his past successes on the Torrey Pines course, you can see he is very comfortable there."