Monday, January 22, 2018
Golf

Brandt Snedeker, Patrick Rodgers share Farmers Insurance Open lead

SAN DIEGO — Two golfers went to bed Saturday night with a share of the lead entering today's final round of the Farmers Insurance Open, which is about where the similarities between them ended.

One, Brandt Snedeker, is a two-time Ryder Cup player, a FedEx Cup champion and a two-time winner at Torrey Pines who has earned more money on this course than any golfer not named Tiger Woods.

The other, Patrick Rodgers, is playing in the tournament for just the second time and until now never had led a PGA Tour event after any round.

Snedeker agreed he had an edge. Sort of. "I think the only advantage is I'll sleep a lot better than he will," Snedeker said. "(This) morning, the advantage kind of goes away, whatever that advantage is."

Even with a tough day on the South Course's poa greens, Snedeker hung on for 2-under 70 and was tied with Rodgers (67) at 9-under 207.

Rodgers, 24, 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 tour's Hawaii swing this month.

Before Thomas, it was Jordan Spieth who was picking up big trophies at an alarming rate.

"I can't sit here and say it hasn't been hard at times," Rodgers said. "Obviously, these are my best friends, so I'm happy every time they have success. But on a personal level, those are the guys that I've always competed with, and so it definitely tests my patience to see them have success, and it's incredibly motivating."

C. T. Pan (69) and Tony Finau (67) were one shot back. Justin Rose, who started the third round with a one-shot lead, fell behind on the second hole and never caught up. He shot 73 and was in the large group at 7 under. Phil Mickelson was still in the picture after a 68 left him four shots behind.

LPGA: Stacy Lewis had two back-nine eagles in the season-opening Bahamas Classic to put herself in position to end a winless streak of almost three years. Lewis shot 10-under 63 at Ocean Club in Paradise Island, Bahamas, to match Lexi Thompson (66) atop the leaderboard at 23-under 196, one off the tour 54-hole record for relation to par set by Annika Sorenstam in the 2003 Mizuno Classic. Lewis' last victory was in June 2014. Gerina Piller (65) was one shot back, and Seminole's Brittany Lincicome, the leader after each of the first two rounds, had 69 to fall two shots behind.

Comments
Tommy Fleetwood repeats as champion at Abu Dhabi Championship

Tommy Fleetwood repeats as champion at Abu Dhabi Championship

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Tommy Fleetwood successfully defended his Abu Dhabi Championship title on Sunday after a sensational back nine to clinch the win. The Englishman, who celebrated his 27th birthday Friday, started the final round two s...
Published: 01/21/18
McIlroy shoots third-round 65, trails by 1 at Abu Dhabi

McIlroy shoots third-round 65, trails by 1 at Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Rory McIlroy fired 7-under 65 Saturday in the third round of the Abu Dhabi Championship to move one shot behind co-leaders Ross Fisher and Thomas Pieters. Fisher shot 65 and overnight leader Pieters added 67 to reach...
Published: 01/20/18
McIlroy returns from injury, trails by 3 in first round of European Tour event

McIlroy returns from injury, trails by 3 in first round of European Tour event

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Rory McIlroy’s patience was tested Thursday on his comeback, needing three late birdies to shoot 3-under 69 that left him three strokes behind first-round leaders Tommy Fleetwood and Hideto Tanihara at the Abu Dhabi ...
Published: 01/18/18
Patton Kizzire beats James Hahn in marathon Sony Open playoff

Patton Kizzire beats James Hahn in marathon Sony Open playoff

HONOLULU — A day after a false alarm caused some panic at the Sony Open, there was more drama — of a much more benign sort.Patton Kizzire made par on the tournament-record sixth playoff hole Sunday to beat James Hahn and win his second PGA Tour title...
Published: 01/14/18
False alarm on missile launch triggers anxiety at PGA Tour event in Hawaii

False alarm on missile launch triggers anxiety at PGA Tour event in Hawaii

HONOLULU — Charles Howell was eating breakfast in his hotel when the restaurant at the Kahala started buzzing. Everyone had their phones. Everyone received the same push alert. "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS...
Published: 01/13/18
Brian Harman extends good play in Hawaii, takes Sony Open lead

Brian Harman extends good play in Hawaii, takes Sony Open lead

HONOLULU — Different islands, vastly different golf courses, same good play from Brian Harman. One week after Harman shared the 36-hole lead at Kapalua, he ran off three straight birdies and closed with a 15-foot eagle putt for 7-under 63 and a three...
Published: 01/12/18
Chris Kirk, Zach Johnson share lead at PGA’s Sony Open in Hawaii

Chris Kirk, Zach Johnson share lead at PGA’s Sony Open in Hawaii

HONOLULU — Zach Johnson and Chris Kirk kept clean cards on a gorgeous day and each shot 7-under 63 Thursday to share the lead after the first round of the Sony Open. Jordan Spieth wasn’t as fortunate. Spieth hit four trees with four shots on the par-...
Published: 01/11/18
Dustin Johnson romps to 8-shot victory in Hawaii

Dustin Johnson romps to 8-shot victory in Hawaii

KAPALUA, Hawaii — A new year brought out the best in Dustin Johnson, who powered his way to 8-under 65 and an eight-shot victory Sunday in the Tournament of Champions. In a field that featured the top-five players in the world, Johnson made a strong ...
Published: 01/07/18
Missouri senior uses playoff birdie to win New Year’s Invitational in St. Petersburg

Missouri senior uses playoff birdie to win New Year’s Invitational in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — Cold and windy conditions didn’t affect Hayden Buckley last year when he won the New Year’s Invitational, and they didn’t affect him again this year in the 92nd edition of the event.The University of Missouri senior repeated as champ...
Published: 01/07/18

Dustin Johnson surges into lead at Tournament of Champions

KAPALUA, Hawaii — Dustin Johnson holed out with a wedge for eagle, made birdie on every par 5 and powered his way to 7-under 66 to build a two-shot lead going into the final round of the Tournament of Champions. Coming off his lone bogey from a poor ...
Updated one month ago