Snedeker grabs share of 54-hole lead at Farm­ers


Al­ready a two-time win­ner at Tor­rey Pines in San Diego, hav­ing a share of the lead is ex­actly where Brandt Snedeker wanted to be Saturday.

It’s just not all that fa­mil­iar to him.

Snedeker won last year in the Farm­ers In­surance Open by ral­ly­ing from six shots be­hind in the fi­nal round that was stretched over two days be­cause of high winds. His other vic­tory at Tor­rey was in 2012, when he was seven shots be­hind and won in a play­off over Kyle Stan­ley, who made triple bo­gey on the last hole.

“I def­i­nitely like my odds bet­ter than the last two times I won at this place,” Snedeker said.

Even with a tough day on the South Course’s poa greens, Snedeker hung on for a 2-un­der-par 70 and was tied for the lead with Pa­trick Rodgers, who had a clean score­card to match the pic­tureper­fect day along the Cal­i­for­nia coast­line. Rodgers shot a 67 as he goes for his first PGA Tour vic­tory.

“Ex­actly where I want to be, in the last group here,” Snedeker said. “This is ob­vi­ously a tough golf course. There’s a lot of guys within a cou­ple shots of the lead, so it doesn’t re­ally mean a whole lot. But this place, for what­ever rea­son, seems to bring out my best and I’m ex­cited about the chal­lenge.”

Snedeker and Rodgers were at 9-un­der 207, and Snedeker has been around long to know that a share of the 54-hole lead means noth­ing.

Fif­teen play­ers were within three shots of the lead.

The last time Snedeker had a share of the 54-hole lead at Tor­rey Pines was in 2007, his rookie year.

“Tiger won,” he said with a laugh as he walked out the door.

Tiger Woods was long gone af­ter miss­ing the cut, along with Dustin John­son, Ja­son Day and Rickie Fowler. Phil Mick­el­son is still in the pic­ture af­ter a 68 left him four shots be­hind in his bid to win at Tor­rey Pines for the fourth time, but first since 2001.

Rodgers is the lat­est player from the high school class of 2011 with a chance to shine, an ath­letic and pow­er­ful player who has been pa­tiently wait­ing his turn. He picked up a lit­tle ex­tra mo­ti­va­tion from watch­ing one of his best friends, for­mer room­mate Justin Thomas, sweep the Hawaii swing.

LPGA TOUR: Stacy Lewis had two back-nine ea­gles in the LPGA Tour’s sea­son-open­ing Pure Silk Ba­hamas Classic to put her­self in po­si­tion again to end a long win­less streak.

Lewis shot a 10-un­der 63 at Ocean Club at Par­adise Is­land to match Lexi Thomp­son atop the leader board at 23-un­der 196, one off the tour 54-hole record for re­la­tion to par set by An­nika Soren­stam in the 2003 Mizuno Classic.

“That was prob­a­bly the best round I think I’ve ever shot on tour in re­la­tion to par, so just a cool day,” Lewis said. “I didn’t ex­actly hit it per­fect, got away with a few shots, but just took ad­van­tage of it. I didn’t even know what I shot there at the end of the day.”

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