Los Angeles - Brandt Snedeker fired a remarkable three-under par 69 on Sunday, but
won't know until Monday if it gives him a chance at the PGA Tour's
Torrey Pines title after a weather-disrupted day in the Farmers
Final-round play was suspended for the day after three weather
delays, with gusting winds and driving rain pushing up scores on the
difficult Torrey Pines South Course.
"It was like playing a British Open on a US Open set-up," said
Snedeker, the only player in red numbers for the day when he walked off
the course with a six-under par total of 282.
Jimmy Walker was seven-under for the tournament through 10 holes - one-over for the day when play was suspended for the day.
Overnight co-leader K.J. Choi of South Korea was at six-under for the tournament, three-over for the day, through 10.
Scott Brown, who shared the third-round lead, was six-over for the
day and in a tie for seventh, just one of many struggling in the adverse
conditions on the coastal course north of San Diego, California.
Overall, the scoring average was over 78 and of those who finished,
the next-best score to Snedeker's was the 73 of Ireland's Shane Lowry.
Nine players shot in the 80s even though tournament officials moved
tees forward and opted for more wind-protected pin placements in
anticipation of the stormy weather.
"I wish I could tell you why I shot what I shot today," said
Snedeker, who opened with a bogey but had four birdies in five holes -
at 10, 12, 13 and 14 - to surge up the leaderboard.
"It's one of those days where you had to throw everything out of your
mind and go play golf - try to grind and shoot the best you possibly
Snedeker's hopes of finishing with a flourish at the par-five 18th
were undone when his chip shot from the greenside rough came out hot and
finished up on the other side of the green.
"I thought it would come out really soft," Snedeker said of the shot into the wind.
But Snedeker, who started the round tied for 25th, couldn't be
disappointed in his performance on a day when winds gusted up to 64km/h.
"One of my best rounds on tour, by far," he said. "Under these
conditions, to shoot anything under par or around par is a good round.
To shoot 69 when you need to - really special."
After bogeys at the second and seventh, Walker moved atop the
leaderboard with a birdie at the par-three eighth, where his 178-yard
shot from the wind-whipped tee got a good look at the hole before
settling three feet away for the birdie chance.