Cold weather and flurries of rain certainly weren't peak conditions for the 43-year-old who cobbled together a 1-under 70 in his morning round before sitting even par through 12 holes of his second round when darkness halted play.
America's Holmes hit a hole-in-one on the par-three sixth for a 63, which was the best score of the opening round.
"I've managed to scramble well this week and I'm going to have to do that all day tomorrow", he said.
Officials have been playing catch-up since the first round was delayed for seven hours by rain on Thursday and the temperature will be in the 40s when play starts on Sunday, with the forecast predicting a 40 percent chance of showers before noon.
Woods' play since his remarkable win at last August's Tour Championship has been uninspired-he went 0-4 at the Ryder Cup, finished second-to-last at the Hero World Challenge, finished T20 at the Farmers Insurance Open before the uneven performance here. And then 28 holes Sunday to finish the third round and play the final 18 holes. "I am not seeing the line, I'm not feeling comfortable because I'm not seeing the line". "It was a long week".
The tournament is set to re-start play early this morning. Long days for a lot of guys. "Because the clubs aren't coming out of the travel bag".
Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri bogeyed two of his last three holes in the second round to miss the cut at the Genesis Open tournament.
Woods lamented four three-putts in the first round at the only event on the PGA Tour that he has played at least 10 times without winning.
Under cloudless skies for a change, and with daylight beginning to fade, Woods went from an afterthought tied for 52nd at one under to a leaderboard riser tied for 14th at minus-6. His total putts of 117 was not bad, and he did have three rounds in which he had less than 30 per round.
"I'm going to need to be patient because I'm playing so many holes", he said, "stay in it emotionally and stay patient, see what we can do".
Adam Scott is hoping to make an early move on a marathon final day as he contends for his first US PGA Tour victory in nearly three years. "They're pushing us to get through it. Give us a bag lunch and we're off".