SAN DIEGO (AP) — Kyle Stanley overpowered Torrey Pines and opened a five-shot lead Saturday in the Farmers Insurance Open.
Stanley missed a 4-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole that would have set the 54-hole tournament record. He settled for a 4-under 68, a spot in the record book with Tiger Woods, and great position as he goes after his first PGA Tour win Sunday.
He was at 18-under 198, matching the record set by Woods in 1998.
John Huh, a PGA Tour rookie out of Q-school, also had a 68 and was at 13-under 203, along with John Rollins.
The South Course measures 7,698 yards and tends to favor big hitters, such as seven-time winner Woods, Phil Mickelson and defending champion Bubba Watson. Stanley is in that group of power players.