Scott Brown and K.J. Choi, both of moderate length off the tee, are tied for the lead at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, where the South Course is the longest all year on the PGA Tour.
One shot behind was Jimmy Walker, who has plenty of power, but he hit only three fairways Saturday.
With 16 players separated by 3 shots, this could be anybody’s tournament.
Choi one-putted his last six holes to salvage an even-par 72 and a share of the lead with Brown, who missed three good birdie opportunities late in his round of 70. They were at 9-under 207.
One shot behind were Walker and Gary Woodland, who shared the 36-hole lead with Choi and didn’t see anything go in until late in his round. Woodland made two birdies over the last four holes for a 73.
Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler each missed the cut, though Torrey Pines still has a local favorite to cheer. That would be Michael Kim, the Cal grad who went to Torrey Pines High School. Kim had a 70 and was among four players at 7-under 209.
Another shot back was a group that included Dustin Johnson, who didn’t make a birdie until the 13th hole and still managed to limit the damage to a 74.
Jason Gore had an albatross when he holed out with a 3-wood on the par-5 18th hole.
Ben Crane was stuck behind a tree and punched it out on the 15th, only to watch it bound onto the green and into the cup for an eagle. A short time later, Freddie Jacobson holed out for eagle on the 15th.
Charley Hull and Anna Nordqvist shared the lead Saturday in the season-opening Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic in Paradise Island, Bahamas, and Ha Na Jang had the first hole-in-one on a par 4 in tour history.
Hull made a 10-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th to match European Solheim Cup teammate Nordqvist at 12-under 207 in breezy but calmer conditions at the Ocean Club. The 19-year-old Hull, from England, had a 4-under 69. Nordqvist, from Sweden, also birdied the 18th for a 68.
Branden Grace successfully defended his Qatar Masters title in Doha, Qatar on Saturday, becoming the first player to do so since the tournament began in 1998.
The South African shot a 3-under 69 on another wind-swept day at Doha Golf Club to win the second leg of the European Tour’s so-called “Desert Swing” by 2 shots over Spain’s Rafael Cabrera-Bello (70) and Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen (71). Grace shot an overall 14-under 274 for his seventh European Tour title.
Scotland’s Paul Lawrie, the overnight leader by 2 shots, faded away with a 78 and finished tied for 13th at 281, while Spain’s Sergio Garcia (70) shared seventh alongside South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen (71) at 8-under 280.
Cabrera-Bello had one birdie and one double bogey in his first 15 holes, but finished in better weather with three straight birdies.
Jordan Spieth’s woes with the putter continued to stall his momentum at the Singapore Open on Sunday as he fell 5 shots off the lead heading into the final round in Singapore.
The world’s top ranked player missed his par putt on the 17th green, where he had marked his ball overnight, to drop back to 5-under for the tournament.
The American immediately regained the shot when he birdied the par-5 18th, but still lost more ground to leader, Song Young-han.
Song birdied three of his five remaining third-round holes to lead the tournament at 11-under.