Holmes, English share Farmers lead through 54


Harris English and J.B. Holmes will enter Sunday at the Farmers Insurance Open tied for the lead as a crowded leaderboard behind them readies to give chase. Here's what you need to know from Round 3 at Torrey Pines:

Leaderboard: English (-9), Holmes (-9), Lucas Glover (-8), Jimmy Walker (-8), Spencer Levin (-8), Nick Watney (-8), Chad Campbell (-8) 

What it means: English started the day 10 under and with a chance to increase his overnight lead but instead came back to the pack with a 1-over 73. A bogey on the par-4 16th and a missed chance with a wedge in his hand from the middle of the 18th fairway cost him the opportunity to hold the 54-hole lead by himself. Holmes, meanwhile, authored the round of the day to move up 15 spots. English is looking for his third win in as many seasons while Holmes is in search of his fourth career title.

Round of the day: No one could go lower than 4-under 68 on the difficult South Course, but three players managed that score Saturday, including Holmes, Scott Stallings and Carlos Ortiz. Holmes' round of seven birdies and three bogeys was good enough to vault him into into a tie for the lead.

Best of the rest: Walker lipped out an eagle putt from the back of the par-5 18th green that would have tied him with Holmes and English. Instead, a 2-under 70 has him in a five-way tie for second at 8 under. Ten players, Walker included, sit within two shots of the leaders.

Biggest disappointment: Ian Poulter made it to 8 under for the championship before two bogeys over his last four holes cost him. Rather than finishing one shot back, he'll start Sunday three behind and needing to make up ground on a golf course that isn't ceding low scores.

Shot of the day: Chad Campbell got off to a great start in Round 3 with a hole-in-one on the downhill par-3 third from 200 yards. The ace got Campbell to 8 under, exactly where he finished the day after trading two birdies, including one on 18, against two bogeys.

Storylines to watch heading into Sunday: Holmes and English aside, Walker once again finds himself near the top of an early-season leaderboard. He's won four times since his breakthrough at the 2013 Frys.com and already has a win and a playoff loss in 2015. Glover, Watney and Campbell are trying to snap winless droughts on Tour. Campbell hasn't won since 2007, Glover since 2011 and Watney since 2012. Watney's first career victory came at Torrey Pines back in 2009.