Running for the Roses is Justin.
His lead is three, not five, but it could have been as he looks for his first win at the FIO.
Here are nine tidbits from the Round 3 of the Farmers Insurance Open that gamers can use tomorrow, this weekend or down the road. The South Course at Torrey Pines is the annual host.
Justin Rose tied the 54-hole scoring record at the event as perfect weather was the order of the day again. Sitting on 18-under and leading by three, it could have been much worse for the rest of the field. The World’s best player squared two doubles and closed with a bogey on the Par-5 final hole after pitching it in the drink.
Remember points this week come from round position. All bonus points will come from players in your FINAL ROUND LINEUP ONLY. THEY MUST PLAY SUNDAY.
It sure was! Adam Scott (2nd) didn’t play like it was a holiday as his round of 65 was the best of the bunch on Saturday. He leads the field in proximity and Strokes-Gained: Approach-the-Green and has made enough putts to keep hanging around. The last time he played here was the 2008 U.S. Open.
After leading with an opening-round 62, the Spaniard hasn’t fallen out of the top three after 72-68 the last two days. He knows he’ll need something special tomorrow as he’s four back. He also knows he’s provided those goods before with a final round 65 in his victory in 2017.
He grabbed our attention with his 63 in Round 1 on the North Course. I was more impressed with his 67 in Round 3 on the South Course. After losing over 2.5 strokes on the greens with 73 on Friday he rallied to LEAD THE FIELD in SG: Putting the very next day (+4.365). #QuicklyLearned.
Talor (No Y) Gooch is at it again. Last week he tried to kick down the back door of the podium but finished fourth. This week he’s right back at it after 67 in Round 3. Everyone in the top five signed for 68 or better except for Rose and his 69. Gooch was just four shots off the 54-hole lead last year before he blew a tire, shot 80 and cashed T51.
Scott Brown holed out for eagle at the last for 68 and moved up 19 spots to T11. He was in contention here in 2016 but closed with 87 during that nasty Monday finish. … Sung Kang missed Scott’s mark by a shot but his bogey-free 66 launched him 47 spots to T16. It’s his only round in the 60’s on the South course in 10 attempts. … Gary Woodland gave investors hope Saturday with 69, moving him up to T36 on six-under. He’ll need 66 or better tomorrow to jump into the top 10.
Moving Day: Wrong Way
John Chin was the third wheel in with Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth today. He signed for 77 and dropped 52 spots to T70. I’ll chalk it up as a learning experience. … Um, yeah, Charles Howell III blew up for 75 and plummeted 39 spots to T48. … Rickie Fowler’s best payday here in the last four years is T61. After 74 on Saturday he’ll enter the final round T65.
The South Course played over a shot easier in Round 3 at 71.195 as perfect weather made for easier scoring. … Kang had the only bogey-free round of the day. … Wyndham Clark (T11) and John Huh (T16) have the cleanest cards this week. Each have only made three bogeys and no others. … Scott’s 65 is the lowest round on the South this week. … Bryson DeChambeau leads by one at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. … Johnny Miller will call it a career next SATURDAY at the WMPO. Paul Azinger will take over his seat for the final round next Sunday.