Choi seeks to end drought in rain at Torrey Pines

Sat Jan 30, 2016 8:11pm EST
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By Ben Everill

LA JOLLA, California (Reuters) - South Korean veteran K.J. Choi moved within sight of his ninth PGA Tour victory when he earned a share of the lead with American Scott Brown after the third round at the Farmers Insurance Open on Saturday.

Choi birdied the par-five 18th to shoot even-par 72 and join Brown (70) at nine-under-207, one shot ahead of Jimmy Walker and Gary Woodland at Torrey Pines in southern California.

Twenty-three players are bunched within four shots on a packed leaderboard, with rain and strong winds forecast to lash the course in the final round on Sunday.

Choi, winless on the PGA Tour since 2011, was delighted to give himself a chance of ending his drought.

"This course is very important on the tee shot and second shot but more important is iron play," the 45-year-old told reporters.

"Today my greens in regulation was a little bit low, but my chipping was good and the putting was good."

Co-leader Brown recently became a father for the second time, but on Sunday will be focused on trying to secure his second tour victory.

“Any time you're close to the lead or in the lead, it's obviously pretty good feeling,” he said.   Continued...

K.J. Choi makes his putt on the eighteenth hole green during the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course -  South Course. Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports