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You Oughta Know: Choi has perfect 54-hole record

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SAN DIEGO – Scott Brown and K.J. Choi share the 54-hole lead at the Farmers Insurance Open. Here is what You Oughta Know heading into the final round at Torrey Pines: 

• Choi has held at least a share of the third-round lead five times in his PGA Tour career. The bad news for the rest of the field? Each time he has gone on to win, most recently at the 2008 Sony Open.

• Choi hasn’t won since the 2011 Players Championship, and he has been held without a top-10 in his last 31 Tour starts. There’s something about Torrey Pines that brings out his best, however; he finished second here in 2014, one shot behind Scott Stallings. 

• Nine of the last 11 winners here have trailed heading into the final round. That trend could very well continue Sunday, for two reasons: There are 23 players within four shots of the lead, and the forecast calls for periods of heavy rain and sustained winds of 35 mph. 

• Brown’s lone Tour title came at the 2013 Puerto Rico Open. A player who tied for second that week? Jordan Spieth, who was 19 and without full status on Tour.

• Jimmy Walker played his way into the final group after a third-round 68 in which he made all 17 of his attempts from inside 15 feet. If he wins Sunday, Walker would tie Jordan Spieth and Jason Day for the most victories since the start of the 2013-14 season (six). 

• Dustin Johnson faded to a 74 Saturday, but he enters the final day only four shots behind. He has won on Tour each of the past eight seasons, the longest active streak. 

• Jonas Blixt fired back-to-back rounds of 66 to vault into a tie for fifth, two shots behind. If he were to win, he would become the first player since 1970 to win a Tour event after opening with a 77 or worse. 

(Note: Information from Justin Ray in Golf Channel’s editorial research unit contributed to this report.