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.”