A nine-time winner on the European Tour, Alex Noren of Sweden gave himself a chance to make his mark in America with a 3-under 69 on Saturday for a 1-shot lead going into the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego.

Noren finished strong, unlike some of his top challengers. He drilled his second shot over the water on the par-5 18th at Torrey Pines to the back fringe, setting up a simple two-putt birdie.

Ryan Palmer had a chance to tie him for the lead until he came out of a wedge and missed the green to the right. He settled for par and a 73.

Jon Rahm, the defending champion who can go to No. 1 in the world with a victory this week, was poised to get within 1 shot, or possibly tie for the lead. From the middle of the fairway, Rahm’s 4-iron came up short and into the water. After a penalty drop, his wedge bounced hard and through the green. His chip came out soft, and he missed a 6-foot putt to make double bogey.

That left him 4 shots out of the lead. Rahm was 3 shots behind going into the final round when he won last year.

Tiger Woods was superb with his short game for the second consecutive day, and it’s a good thing. Woods was so wild off the tee that he hit only one fairway on the back nine and three fairways for the round. He putted for birdie on only nine holes. And he still managed to scratch out a 70. Woods was 8 shots behind, in the middle of the pack.

LPGA Tour

Brooke Henderson birdied the par-5 18th hole and had a 1-stroke lead over top-ranked Shanshan Feng in the suspended second round of the wind-swept Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic in Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Henderson shot an even-par 73 to get to 5 under overall after two rounds and three days at the Ocean Club Golf Course in the event cut to 54 holes after wind wiped out play most of Friday.

Feng had nine holes left when play was suspended because of darkness. On her last hole, she birdied the 18th.

Lexi Thompson was 3 under along with Ryann O’Toole, Danielle Kang, Luna Sobron Galmes and Wei-Ling Hsu.

European Tour

Rory McIlroy was within sight of a first title in 17 months after the third round of the Dubai Desert Classic where he sat only 1 shot behind surprise leader Li Haotong in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

McIlroy had five birdies on the back nine for a 4-under 68 and 19 under overall that put him 1 behind Li.

Li shot a bogey-free 64.