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Choi stays at top, Brown moves back up

K.J. Choi leads the Farmers Insurance Open after a second-straight round and has the north course, which he performed very well on, to look forward to in the fourth round on Sunday.

K.J. Choi leads the Farmers Insurance Open after a second-straight round and has the north course, which he performed very well on, to look forward to in the fourth round on Sunday.

K.J. Choi remains at the top and Scott Brown has gotten back there after the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open. Choi led the tournament after posting a nine-under through the first two rounds and went even on the south course on the third day. Brown was the round one leader with a six-under but has held strong the last two rounds and had moved back up with a two-under in the third round.

Choi, the 45-year-old Korean who has not registered a PGA Tour win since taking The Player Championship in 2011, rebounded from bogey on five and double bogey on six with four birdies in the round. On the 18th hole, Choi sunk a 3-foot, 7-inch putt to birdie to finish even for the round.

Brown was six-under on the south course in the first round and finished two-under on it in the third round. He had three bogeys but five birdies, including a birdie on the 13th hole, which he bogeyed the first round. Though Brown was nowhere near as good on the front nine as he was in the first round, that was still where he excelled and he was more even on the back nine than he was before. The 32-year-old Brown has only ever one, one PGA Tour tournament. He was 20-under at the 2013 Puerto Rico Open, beating Fabian Gomez and Jordan Spieth by one stroke. He missed the cut all three times he played in the Farmers Insurance Open.

Dustin Johnson drops on South Course

The South Course has not been good to Dustin Johnson but with his ability to be great on the North Course keeps him a threat to make a run up the leaderboard in he fourth round. Johnson went two-over in the third round to top from third and into a tie for ninth place, but he is still only three-strokes back. After going six-under on the North Course in the second round, Johnson could make a dangerous run in the fourth round.

Woodland and Walker on leaders’ heels

Gary Woodland hit one-over in the third round, but is still in third place because of his quality scores the first two rounds. Woodland is eight-under for the tournament and birdies two of the last four holes he played in the third round, including the 13th hole. Woodland drove the ball 339 feet to the right fairway before getting on the green with a 210-yard hit. After two putts, the ball went in, in four on the par five.

Jimmy Walker had his best performance of he tournament in round three, finishing four-under to give him an eight-under through three rounds. Walker birdied six holes with only two bogeys. He birdied the last two holes both with nearly 13-foot putts.

Oppenhiem crumbles in third round

Rob Oppenheim, the 36-year-old rookie on the PGA Tour after six-years on the Web.com tour, was the feel-good story after the first round after trying for third with a five-under. Hit 67 in round one kept him competitive despite a 71 in round two as he was still four-under, just three strokes behind Choi and Woodland. But his magic would run out in the third round. Oppenheim went five over in the third round to finish with a 77. He is just one-under and now even a repeat performance on the north course cannot make him the darling of the tournament.

Blixt scores second-straight 66

The 31-year-old from Sweden had a miserable round one after going five-over on the south course, but he more than figured it out in round three Blixt had an 11-stroke improvement on the course in the third round and with his 66 on the north course in the second he finds himself tied for fifth at seven-under. With the north course coming again and his dominant on it in the second round, Blixt has a chance for a miraculous comeback. Blixt hit five birdies on the north course and thought be bogeyed the 13th, he rebounded with an eagle on the 14th. He’s swinging very well right now and knows he can do a great job on on the course the field will be playing in the fourth rounds. That’s generally a winning combination for golfers.

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