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Sneds eyes PGA Tour title defense at Torrey Pines

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PGA TOUR — FARMERS INSURANCE OPEN – TORREY PINES – SAN DIEGO, CA — 

Defending champion Brandt Snedeker sleeps on the co-lead through 54 holes at the PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open with 24-year-old Patrick Rodgers. Both are 9-under but with plenty of company nearby with 18 holes to play.

Rodgers carded a third-round 67 to reach 9-under alongside Snedeker, who won this tournament a year ago at 6-under.

Sneds, who was listed at 25-to-1 odds to win the title to start the week at www.golfodds.com, logged six Top 5s worldwide last season including a recent win at the Fiji International. At 28th in the Official World Golf Rankings, Sneds is the favorite to close the deal Sunday at Torrey Pines, but a host of challenges (10 total) are within two shots of the leaders.

Tony Finau and C.T. Pan are 8-under and T-3, while eight player sit at T-5 and 7-under including pre-tournament co-favorite Justin Rose, who was runner-up at the Sony Open.

Also at T-5 is Stewart Cink, Harris English, Jonas Blixt Pat Perez and Marc Leishman. All former PGA Tour winners.

Several high-profile players missed the cut this week including World No. 1 Jason Day (73-74), Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker. The week’s biggest headliner — Tiger Woods — failed to make the weekend after opening with 76.

Other Golf News:

  • Former Rolex Ranking World No. 1 Stacy Lewis fired a 63 Saturday in round three of the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic. She is tied at the top with Lexi Thompson, who backed up her 61 Friday with a 66. Both are 23-under while Americans Gerina Pillar and Brittany Lincicome are one and two shots back respectively.
  • Jeunghun Wang (7-under) leads the European Tour’s CommercialBank Qatar Masters by three shots with one round to play. Andy Sullivan and Alexander Noren are both in the Top 5.
  • Snedeker, who co-leads at the Farmers Open, has eight career PGA Tour victories and seven runner-ups. For Rodgers, he is 165th in the world rankings and eyeing his maiden tour title.