K.J. Choi and Scott Brown share the lead at the Farmers Insurance Open, with Jimmy Walker and Gary Woodland just one shot back. Here’s how things look heading into the final round at Torrey Pines, where 16 players are within three shots of the lead:
Leaderboard: Choi (-9), Brown (-9), Jimmy Walker (-8), Gary Woodland (-8), Michael Kim (-7), Jonas Blixt (-7), John Huh (-7), Freddie Jacobson (-7)
What it means: Choi was 3 over on his day through 12 holes but rallied with three late birdies, including one at the 18th, to shoot an even-par 72 and hold on to his 9-under co-lead. Brown, separately, made five birdies and three bogeys to shoot 2-under 70 and earn his place in the final group. Choi is in search of his first win since the 2011 Players. Brown’s only Tour victory came at the 2013 Puerto Rico Open. A win tomorrow would earn Brown, 192nd in the Official World Golf Ranking, his first career invite to the Masters. Choi would return to Augusta National after missing last year’s event for the first time since 2002. Of course, they’ll have to battle some potentially bad weather to stay ahead of a host of players who are within striking distance.
Round of the day: Jonas Blixt fired a 6-under 66 with five birdies on his back nine. Blixt has posted consecutive rounds of 66 after opening his week with a 77 on the South Course. He’ll enter the final round just two back.
Best of the rest: Three players – Jimmy Walker, Hiroshi Iwata and Colt Knost – turned in 4-under 68. Walker’s back-to-back birdies on 17 and 18 have him in position for his sixth PGA Tour victory since Oct. 2013.
Biggest disappointments: Citing an ankle injury, Patrick Reed withdrew after a third-round 81. Reed made six bogeys, two birdies, a double bogey and a triple bogey, the last of which came at the par-3 third. His struggles aside, the final group of Choi (72), Woodland (73), and Dustin Johnson (74) all failed to break par. Johnson is three back at 6 under.
Shot of the day: Jason Gore recorded the first albatross of his career Saturday at Torrey Pines when his approach from 258 yards at the par-5 18th carried the water, hit the green, found the bottom of the cup:
Storyline heading into Sunday: Tee times have been moved up to 7 a.m. local time in an effort to beat inclement weather. Players will face an already long golf course with thick rough and poa greens with the added challenges of stiff winds and driving rain that will only further complicate their day.