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Eagles land for Torrey Pines winner Rahm

Jon Rahm eagled two of the last six holes to clinch his first PGA Tour title by three shots in sensational fashion at the $6.7 million Farmers Insurance Open outside San Diego on Sunday.” class=”canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm” data-type=”text” data-reactid=”23″>(Reuters) – Spanish rookie Jon Rahm eagled two of the last six holes to clinch his first PGA Tour title by three shots in sensational fashion at the $6.7 million Farmers Insurance Open outside San Diego on Sunday.

His final eagle was stunning, a multiple-breaking 60-foot putt from the fringe at the back of the green at the par-five 18th where his ball took a final turn to the left before disappearing into the cup to spark jubilant celebration by Rahm and the watching fans.

The 22-year-old, who turned professional just seven months ago, covered his final nine holes in 30 strokes to card a seven-under 65 at Torrey Pines South Course and break clear of a crowded leaderboard.

Rahm finished at 13-under 275.

“Just to get into that position (to win) is so hard and I am so blessed to be able to say that I did it on my third time having a chance to win, having just started my PGA Tour career.”

Charles Howell III (68) tied for second on a see-sawing day when eight players held at least a share of the lead during the final round.” class=”canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm” data-type=”text” data-reactid=”29″>Taiwan’s Pan Cheng-tsung (70) and American Charles Howell III (68) tied for second on a see-sawing day when eight players held at least a share of the lead during the final round.

Rahm, who will jump into the top 50 in the world rankings after starting the week ranked 137th, was three shots behind heading into the final round.

He moved into a tie at the top when he drained an 18-foot eagle putt at the par-five 13th after hitting a superb second shot from a fairway bunker.

“That putt was a little bit of just lagging it up there and hoping that it kept the line,” the Spaniard said. “I just aimed between the two spots that we were thinking of and thank god it went in.”

Rahm edged a stroke in front when he sank a five-footer to birdie the par-four 17th and effectively secured the title with his spectacular eagle at the last.

“I was just focused on making putts and hitting the right shots,” he said. “After that second shot on 13, I was able to execute it so good.”

(Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in St. Augustine, Florida; Editing by Andrew Both)

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* Rahm shoots 65 to claim first PGA Tour title

* At 22, becomes youngest winner at Torrey Pines

* Joins elite group of Spanish champions on PGA Tour (Adds details, quotes)

Jon Rahm eagled two of the last six holes to clinch his first PGA Tour title by three shots in sensational fashion at the $6.7 million Farmers Insurance Open outside San Diego on Sunday.” class=”canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm” data-type=”text” data-reactid=”8″>Jan 29 (Reuters) – Spanish rookie Jon Rahm eagled two of the last six holes to clinch his first PGA Tour title by three shots in sensational fashion at the $6.7 million Farmers Insurance Open outside San Diego on Sunday.

His final eagle was stunning, a multiple-breaking 60-foot putt from the fringe at the back of the green at the par-five 18th where his ball took a final turn to the left before disappearing into the cup to spark jubilant celebration by Rahm and the watching fans.

The 22-year-old, who turned professional just seven months ago, covered his final nine holes in 30 strokes to card a seven-under 65 at Torrey Pines South Course and break clear of a crowded leaderboard.

Rahm finished at 13-under 275.

“Just to get into that position (to win) is so hard and I am so blessed to be able to say that I did it on my third time having a chance to win, having just started my PGA Tour career.”

Charles Howell III (68) tied for second on a see-sawing day when eight players held at least a share of the lead during the final round.” class=”canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm” data-type=”text” data-reactid=”14″>Taiwan’s Pan Cheng-tsung (70) and American Charles Howell III (68) tied for second on a see-sawing day when eight players held at least a share of the lead during the final round.

Rahm, who will jump into the top 50 in the world rankings after starting the week ranked 137th, was three shots behind heading into the final round.

He moved into a tie at the top when he drained an 18-foot eagle putt at the par-five 13th after hitting a superb second shot from a fairway bunker.

“That putt was a little bit of just lagging it up there and hoping that it kept the line,” the Spaniard said. “I just aimed between the two spots that we were thinking of and thank god it went in.”

Rahm edged a stroke in front when he sank a five-footer to birdie the par-four 17th and effectively secured the title with his spectacular eagle at the last.

“I was just focused on making putts and hitting the right shots,” he said. “After that second shot on 13, I was able to execute it so good.” (Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in St. Augustine, Florida; Editing by Andrew Both)

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Lincicome wins playoff for LPGA Bahamas crown

Brittany Lincicome birdied the first playoff hole Sunday to defeat fellow American Lexi Thompson and win the LPGA Tour’s season-opening Pure Silk Bahamas Classic.” class=”canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm” data-type=”text” data-reactid=”23″>Miami (AFP) – Brittany Lincicome birdied the first playoff hole Sunday to defeat fellow American Lexi Thompson and win the LPGA Tour’s season-opening Pure Silk Bahamas Classic.

Lincicome birdied the par-5 18th and Thompson missed left on a long effort to match her, giving Lincicome the victory, her second in extra holes after losing her first four LPGA playoffs.

“It was pretty incredible,” Lincicome said. “Just the leaderboard all week has been amazing, obviously a lot of Americans up at the top, obviously friends of mine, so to come down to the final stretch, I played with Lexi yesterday, and it was an awesome day. We had so much fun, and to obviously have the playoff today is a bummer, but it’s just incredible.”

Stacy Lewis in a playoff.” class=”canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm” data-type=”text” data-reactid=”26″>It was Lincicome’s seventh career LPGA triumph and the first since she captured her first major title at the 2015 ANA Inspiration at Rancho Mirage, California, by beating Stacy Lewis in a playoff.

Thompson and Lincicome finished 72 holes over the Ocean Course at Paradise Island on 26-under 266, one off the all-time 72-hole LPGA record of 27-under par set by Swedish star Annika Sorenstam at the 2001 Standard Register Ping event.

Gerina Piller.” class=”canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm” data-type=”text” data-reactid=”28″>The final round became a title shootout between four Americans — Lincicome, Thompson, Lewis and Gerina Piller.

Deadlocked for the lead with Thompson at 26-under, Lincicome made bogey at the par-3 17th, falling level with Piller a shot back.

Lincicome answered with a birdie at the par-5 18th to finish on 68 and reach the clubhouse level with Thompson as rain struck.

Thompson’s approach on 18 landed in a greenside bunker but she recovered for a closing par to shoot 70 and force the playoff.

Lewis was third on 267, one stroke ahead of Piller, after both closed with 71.

“You know, I played well all week, and my putter definitely saved me, and I made a lot of birdies out there, just a lot of positives to take from the week,” Thompson said.

Pornanong Phatlum on 271, making this the first LPGA event with five US players in the top five since the 2011 Canadian Women’s Open won by Lincicome.” class=”canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm” data-type=”text” data-reactid=”34″>US teen Nelly Korda shared fifth with Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum on 271, making this the first LPGA event with five US players in the top five since the 2011 Canadian Women’s Open won by Lincicome.

Brittany Lang.” class=”canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm” data-type=”text” data-reactid=”35″>Only two Americans won LPGA events last year, Thompson and Brittany Lang.

Lincicome birdied five of the first seven holes to reach 26-under, opening with a birdie, running off three in a row starting at the par-3 third and closing with a birdie at the par-5 seventh.

She began the back nine with a birdie to reach 27-under, the all-time LPGA record low total, but stumbled with a bogey at 14 to stand on 26-under.

Thompson, who shared the lead with Lewis at 23-under when the day began, birdied the first and par-4 fifth but went birdie-bogey to close the front nine and again at 11 and 12 before a birdie at the par-5 15th lifted her to 26-under.

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Closing eagle lifts Rahm to first USPGA Tour title

Jon Rahm claimed his first US PGA Tour title in style Sunday, rolling in an eagle putt from the fringe at the final hole to win the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.” class=”canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm” data-type=”text” data-reactid=”23″>La Jolla (United States) (AFP) – Spain’s Jon Rahm claimed his first US PGA Tour title in style Sunday, rolling in an eagle putt from the fringe at the final hole to win the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

Rahm had broken free of the group tied for the lead at 10-under with a birdie at 17.

At the par-five finishing hole on the South Course, he reached the back fringe with his second shot. Rahm’s effort from 60 feet snaked toward the hole and into the cup to cap a seven-under 65.

His 13-under total of 275 proved to be enough for a three-shot victory as the bevy of golfers on his heels stalled late.

Taiwan’s Pan Cheng Tsung and American Charles Howell shared second on 10-under 278.

Justin Rose closed with a two-under 70 to head a group on 279 alongside Americans Keegan Bradley (67), Pat Perez (70), Patrick Rodgers (72) and Tony Finau (71).” class=”canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm” data-type=”text” data-reactid=”28″>England’s Justin Rose closed with a two-under 70 to head a group on 279 alongside Americans Keegan Bradley (67), Pat Perez (70), Patrick Rodgers (72) and Tony Finau (71).

Rahm, 22, had opened with a bogey, but after birdies at the third, fifth and 11th he put himself among the leaders with an eagle at the 13th.

“Thanks to 13, I got myself into it,” said Rahm, whose second shot from a fairway bunker left him an 18-footer for eagle.

Rahm said his thought process all day was far different from his mindset at last year’s National, where he finished third after leading or sharing the lead over the first two rounds.

There, he said, he was second-guessing himself on the greens, afraid of over-hitting and costing himself pars.

“Today it was just completely different,” Rahm said. “I was just focused on making putts and hitting the right shots.”

Pan, a 25-year-old also chasing a first US tour title, had reached 10-under for the tournament after birdies at eight, nine and 10, but he couldn’t find another birdie.

Howell earned his share of second with a birdie at 18 that capped a 68 and put him in the clubhouse at 10-under before Rahm’s late-round heroics.

J.J. Spaun was 10-under after a birdie at 17, but found the water en route to a double-bogey at 18, while Finau’s challenge effectively ended with a bogey at 15.

Brandt Snedeker, the defending champion gunning for a third title at Torrey Pines, just couldn’t get much going even though he’s an old hand at storming finishes on the picturesque course hugging the Pacific coast.” class=”canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm” data-type=”text” data-reactid=”37″>Brandt Snedeker, the defending champion gunning for a third title at Torrey Pines, just couldn’t get much going even though he’s an old hand at storming finishes on the picturesque course hugging the Pacific coast.

Snedeker was seven shots adrift after 54 holes when he won in 2012, and rallied from six back last year.

With a share of the 54-hole lead this time around, Snedeker shot a one-over 73 to join a group sharing ninth on 280.

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Lincicome wins LPGA season opener in playoff

Brittany Lincicome came agonizingly close to tying an LPGA Tour scoring record before winning the season-opening Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic in a playoff with fellow American Lexi Thompson on Sunday.” class=”canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm” data-type=”text” data-reactid=”5″>(Reuters) – Long-hitting Brittany Lincicome came agonizingly close to tying an LPGA Tour scoring record before winning the season-opening Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic in a playoff with fellow American Lexi Thompson on Sunday.

Lincicome clinched her seventh LPGA title with a birdie on the first extra hole, the par-five 18th at the Ocean Club course on Paradise Island, where Thompson failed to get up and down from behind the green and settled for a par.

The duo finished the 72 regulation holes on 26-under 266, just one shy of the LPGA record in relation to par of 27-under set by Swede Annika Sorenstam at the 2001 Standard Register and matched by South Korean Kim Sei-young at last year’s Founders Cup.

Lincicome, a double major champion, closed with a five-under 68 highlighted by seven birdies while Thompson carded a 70.

“It was an awesome day,” Lincicome told reporters after playing the last few holes in regulation in strengthening winds as a storm approached. “Hopefully that continues.”

(Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in St. Augustine, Florida; Editing by Andrew Both)

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Golf-Spaniard Rahm eagles final hole for three-shot PGA Tour win

Jon Rahm joined an elite group of Spanish champions on the PGA Tour when he eagled two of the final six holes to win the Farmers Insurance Open by three strokes outside San Diego on Sunday.” class=”canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm” data-type=”text” data-reactid=”5″>Jan 29 (Reuters) – Jon Rahm joined an elite group of Spanish champions on the PGA Tour when he eagled two of the final six holes to win the Farmers Insurance Open by three strokes outside San Diego on Sunday.

His final eagle was stunning, a multiple-breaking 60-foot putt from the fringe at the back of the green at the par-five 18th where his ball took a final turn to the left before dropping to spark jubilant celebration by Rahm and the watching fans.

The 22-year-old, who turned professional just seven months ago, covered his final nine holes in six-under 30 at Torrey Pines.

Jose Maria Olazabal and Sergio Garcia as winners on the American-based circuit.” class=”canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm” data-type=”text” data-reactid=”8″>He carded a closing 65 to finish at 13-under 275, joining countrymen Seve Ballesteros, Jose Maria Olazabal and Sergio Garcia as winners on the American-based circuit.

(Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in St. Augustine, Florida; Editing by Andrew Both)

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Golf-Lincicome wins LPGA season opener in playoff

Brittany Lincicome came agonisingly close to tying an LPGA Tour scoring record before winning the season-opening Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic in a playoff with fellow American Lexi Thompson on Sunday.” class=”canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm” data-type=”text” data-reactid=”5″>Jan 29 (Reuters) – Long-hitting Brittany Lincicome came agonisingly close to tying an LPGA Tour scoring record before winning the season-opening Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic in a playoff with fellow American Lexi Thompson on Sunday.

Lincicome clinched her seventh LPGA title with a birdie on the first extra hole, the par-five 18th at the Ocean Club course on Paradise Island, where Thompson failed to get up and down from behind the green and settled for a par.

The duo finished the 72 regulation holes on 26-under 266, just one shy of the LPGA record in relation to par of 27-under set by Swede Annika Sorenstam at the 2001 Standard Register and matched by South Korean Kim Sei-young at last year’s Founders Cup.

Lincicome, a double major champion, closed with a five-under 68 highlighted by seven birdies while Thompson carded a 70.

“It was an awesome day,” Lincicome told reporters after playing the last few holes in regulation in strengthening winds as a storm approached. “Hopefully that continues.” (Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in St. Augustine, Florida; Editing by Andrew Both)

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Rodgers, Snedeker share Torrey Pines lead

Patrick Rodgers fired a flawless 67 on Saturday to join defending champion Brandt Snedeker atop the leaderboard at the US PGA Tour Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.” class=”canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm” data-type=”text” data-reactid=”14″>La Jolla (United States) (AFP) – Patrick Rodgers fired a flawless 67 on Saturday to join defending champion Brandt Snedeker atop the leaderboard at the US PGA Tour Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

Rodgers had five birdies in a five-under round that left him on nine-under 207.

Snedeker, a two-time winner on the picturesque course hugging the Pacific coast near San Diego, had three birdies and a bogey in his two-under 70.

Kyle Stanley in sudden death. Last year, he was six strokes back through three rounds, before winning in a Monday finish.” class=”canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm” data-type=”text” data-reactid=”17″>In 2012, Snedeker was seven strokes off the lead after 54 holes, before beating Kyle Stanley in sudden death. Last year, he was six strokes back through three rounds, before winning in a Monday finish.

“I definitely like my odds better than the last two times I won at this place, that’s for sure,” Snedeker said. “So (I’m) in the right frame of mind, exactly where I kind of want to be in the last group here.”

Tony Finau, who signed for a 67.” class=”canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm” data-type=”text” data-reactid=”19″>The leading US duo were one stroke clear of Taiwan’s Pan Cheng Tsung, who carded a second straight 69, and American Tony Finau, who signed for a 67.

Stewart Cink, Pat Perez, Harris English, Ollie Schniederjans and Robert Streb, Australian Marc Leishman and Sweden’s Jonas Blixt.” class=”canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm” data-type=”text” data-reactid=”20″>Overnight leader Justin Rose of England carded a one-over 73 to head a group of eight players on 209, alongside Americans Stewart Cink, Pat Perez, Harris English, Ollie Schniederjans and Robert Streb, Australian Marc Leishman and Sweden’s Jonas Blixt.

Twenty-three players are within four shots of the lead.

Tiger Woods and a host of other marquee players failed to make the cut on Friday.” class=”canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm” data-type=”text” data-reactid=”22″>The jam-packed leaderboard promised final-round fireworks on Sunday, despite the fact that 14-time major champion Tiger Woods and a host of other marquee players failed to make the cut on Friday.

Woods, playing his first full-field PGA event in more than a year after a long recovery from back surgery, missed the cut by four strokes.

World number one Jason Day of Australia, third-ranked Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler also failed to make the weekend.

“This is obviously a tough golf course,” said Snedeker, who is trying to become the first repeat winner at the event since Woods won it four straight times from 2005-08.

“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 am excited about the challenge tomorrow will present because I played great today.”

Rodgers, in his second full season as a US tour member, is seeking his first win, but after a standout collegiate career and to improve on his previous best PGA finish of a tie for second at the Wells Fargo Championship in 2015 — the same year he nabbed a title on the Web.com developmental tour.

“I feel very comfortable in contention,” he said. “It’s probably when I’m the most comfortable out here.”

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Americans Rodgers and Snedeker share lead at Torrey Pines

Patrick Rodgers, seeking his first PGA Tour title, produced bogey-free golf in dazzling sunshine to charge into a two-way tie for the lead after the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open outside San Diego on Saturday.” class=”canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm” data-type=”text” data-reactid=”23″>(Reuters) – Former college standout Patrick Rodgers, seeking his first PGA Tour title, produced bogey-free golf in dazzling sunshine to charge into a two-way tie for the lead after the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open outside San Diego on Saturday.

Brandt Snedeker at nine-under 207 after 54 holes.” class=”canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm” data-type=”text” data-reactid=”24″>Four shots off the pace overnight, American Rodgers fired a five-under-par 67 on the challenging South Course at Torrey Pines to end the day level with defending champion Brandt Snedeker at nine-under 207 after 54 holes.

American Snedeker, bidding for his third victory at the coastal venue, birdied the 17th to join Rodgers at the top and narrowly missed a birdie attempt from 14 feet at the par-five last before tapping in for a 70.

Tony Finau (67) are one shot behind, with eight others, including Olympic champion Justin Rose, two adrift. “The conditions were awesome today,” Rodgers, whose round included a run of four birdies in five holes from the sixth, told CBS Sports. “This is why we come to San Diego, for the sun, and there was hardly any wind out there today … it was fun to make a few birdies out there.”” class=”canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm” data-type=”text” data-reactid=”26″>On a crowded leaderboard, Taiwan’s Pan Cheng-Tsung (69) and long-hitting American Tony Finau (67) are one shot behind, with eight others, including Olympic champion Justin Rose, two adrift. “The conditions were awesome today,” Rodgers, whose round included a run of four birdies in five holes from the sixth, told CBS Sports. “This is why we come to San Diego, for the sun, and there was hardly any wind out there today … it was fun to make a few birdies out there.”

Tiger Woods with a Stanford University record of 11 wins as a college player, tied for second at the 2015 Wells Fargo Championship and he planned to lean on that and his amateur experience during his bid for victory in Sunday’s final round.” class=”canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm” data-type=”text” data-reactid=”27″>The 24-year-old, who emulated Tiger Woods with a Stanford University record of 11 wins as a college player, tied for second at the 2015 Wells Fargo Championship and he planned to lean on that and his amateur experience during his bid for victory in Sunday’s final round.

“You have to learn from every experience,” said Rodgers. “I’ve been fortunate to have a few chances on the PGA Tour and tons in college and I don’t take those lightly.

“They’re still great experiences down the stretch trying to figure out how to win so I feel very comfortable in contention. That’s probably when I am the most comfortable out here and I’m really excited to have another chance tomorrow.”

(Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in St. Augustine, Florida; Editing by Andrew Both)

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Golf-Americans Rodgers and Snedeker share lead at Torrey Pines

Patrick Rodgers, seeking his first PGA Tour title, produced bogey-free golf in dazzling sunshine to charge into a two-way tie for the lead after the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open outside San Diego on Saturday.” class=”canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm” data-type=”text” data-reactid=”5″>Jan 28 (Reuters) – Former college standout Patrick Rodgers, seeking his first PGA Tour title, produced bogey-free golf in dazzling sunshine to charge into a two-way tie for the lead after the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open outside San Diego on Saturday.

Brandt Snedeker at nine-under 207 after 54 holes.” class=”canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm” data-type=”text” data-reactid=”6″>Four shots off the pace overnight, American Rodgers fired a five-under-par 67 on the challenging South Course at Torrey Pines to end the day level with defending champion Brandt Snedeker at nine-under 207 after 54 holes.

American Snedeker, bidding for his third victory at the coastal venue, birdied the 17th to join Rodgers at the top and narrowly missed a birdie attempt from 14 feet at the par-five last before tapping in for a 70.

Tony Finau (67) are one shot behind, with eight others, including Olympic champion Justin Rose, two adrift.” class=”canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm” data-type=”text” data-reactid=”8″>On a crowded leaderboard, Taiwan’s Pan Cheng-Tsung (69) and long-hitting American Tony Finau (67) are one shot behind, with eight others, including Olympic champion Justin Rose, two adrift.

“The conditions were awesome today,” Rodgers, whose round included a run of four birdies in five holes from the sixth, told CBS Sports. “This is why we come to San Diego, for the sun, and there was hardly any wind out there today … it was fun to make a few birdies out there.”

Tiger Woods with a Stanford University record of 11 wins as a college player, tied for second at the 2015 Wells Fargo Championship and he planned to lean on that and his amateur experience during his bid for victory in Sunday’s final round.” class=”canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm” data-type=”text” data-reactid=”10″>The 24-year-old, who emulated Tiger Woods with a Stanford University record of 11 wins as a college player, tied for second at the 2015 Wells Fargo Championship and he planned to lean on that and his amateur experience during his bid for victory in Sunday’s final round.

“You have to learn from every experience,” said Rodgers. “I’ve been fortunate to have a few chances on the PGA Tour and tons in college and I don’t take those lightly.

“They’re still great experiences down the stretch trying to figure out how to win so I feel very comfortable in contention. That’s probably when I am the most comfortable out here and I’m really excited to have another chance tomorrow.” (Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in St. Augustine, Florida; Editing by Andrew Both)

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