Updated at 4:40 P.M., Sunday Jan. 31
Play in the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open was suspended three times due to inclement weather. The final round will resume on Monday at 8 a.m.
At 8:46 a.m. Sunday as rain forced golfers to leave Torrey Pine’s South Course in La Jolla. The final two groups, including co-leaders Scott Brown and K.J. Choi, were unable to begin their rounds before play was suspended.
Americans Jimmy Walker and Gary Woodland are tied for third, one shot behind the leaders, at eight-under-par 208 for the tournament. Jonas Blixt and fellow Swede Freddie Jacobson and Americans John Huh and Michael Kim are tied for fifth, two shots off the lead.
The 45-year-old Choi is seeking his ninth PGA Tour victory and first since the 2011 Players Championship. The 32-year-old Brown is seeking his second PGA Tour victory and first since the 2013 Puerto Rico Open.
Of the five previous times Choi has been leading or shared the lead after 54 holes on the PGA Tour he has won every time. This is the second time Brown has led or shared the lead of a PGA Tour event through 54 holes. He went on to win the 2013 Puerto Rico Open and tied for 10th in the same tournament in 2015.
The start of play has been moved up 70 minutes to 7 a.m. because of what PGA Tour officials described as expected inclement weather. Light rain “off and on” is forecast for the morning, according to Greg Martin, lead forecaster with the National Weather Service.
Brown, Choi and Walker will play in the final group, set to tee off at 8:50 a.m.
Play is expected to conclude at approximately 2 p.m., according to PGA Tour officials. Stronger winds and heavy rain are forecast for later in the afternoon, Martin told City News Service.
The winner will receive $1.17 million.
Brown began Saturday’s third round in a three-way tie for fourth, two shots off the lead.
Playing in conditions he described after the round as “pretty tough” with the wind “blowing around a little bit,” Brown shot a two-under-par 70, with five birdies and bogeys on the par-5 fifth hole, par-3 11th and par-4 15th to go to nine-under-par 207 for the tournament.
“I drove it really well,” said Brown, who shared the lead after the first round. “That’s what you have to do out here to make it easy on yourself. It’s still tough getting to some of these pins and then some of the pins being tucked on ridges.
“You’re going to make some bogeys, but as long as you minimize mistakes off the tee, you can get a few birdies.”
Choi, who shared a one-shot lead through two rounds with Woodland, shot a even-par 72 with four birdies, including one on the par-5 18th hole, bogeys on the fourth and 12th holes, both par-4s, and a double-bogey on the seventh hole, also a par-4.
Woodland shot a one-over-par 73 with three birdies and bogeys on the par- 3 third hole, the par-5 ninth, and the 12th and 14th holes, both par-4s.
Woodland described his play as “up and down.”
“The golf course definitely played as tough as it has all week,” the 31-year-old Woodland said. “I would like to drive the ball a little bit straighter early in the round, but I made some good swings coming down the stretch. It was nice to get some birdies coming in and get some momentum going into (Sunday).”
Woodland birdied the par-5 sixth hole, the par-4 15th and par-5 18th.
Blixt had the day’s low score, a six-under-par 66, with seven birdies and a bogey on the par-3 eighth hole.
Jason Gore had the shot of the day, holing his second shot into the par- 5 18th hole from 258 yards with a 3-wood.
“I had 2-iron out and Scotty talked me into hitting 3-wood,” Gore said, referring to caddie Scott Gardiner. “He said, ‘Just a nice big cut 3- wood,’ and he was right.
“Once it hit the green and started rolling up the hill, I’m thinking ‘Oh, this is going to be really close’ and then just saw it kind of disappear.”
Gore is the first player to make a two on the Torrey Pines’ South Course in PGA Tour play since David Edwards in the third round of the 1987 tournament, then known as the Shearson Lehman Brothers Andy Williams Open.
Gore, who began his round on the back nine, shot a two-under-par 70 and is among three golfers tied for 24th, five shots off the lead.
Ireland’s Paul Dunne, who is making his PGA Tour debut as a professional, is among seven golfers tied for 17th, four shots off the lead at five-under-par 211 after shooting a one-under-par 71 on Saturday.
As an amateur, Dunne shared the lead after third round of last year’s British Open, then shot a final-round six-over-par 78 at St. Andrews to finish in a tie for 30th.
City News Service contributed to this article.
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