Farmers Insurance Open R3

Ortiz & Reed share lead heading into final round

January 28-31
Torrey Pines, San Diego, California
$7,500,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4




Carlos Ortiz won his first PGA title in November at the Viving Houston Open, and after missing the cut in his last two starts he’s in contention for another at the Farmers Insurance Open where he will start on Sunday tied for the lead with Patrick Reed at 10-under 206.


“Yesterday was definitely tougher condition-wise, (but) today was a beautiful day,” said Ortiz. “I don’t think it gets any better than this anywhere. I took advantage of that, I hit the ball great and made a couple putts, and when you do that it normally is a good outcome.”

Having started the third round in 21st place, Ortiz shot the low score of the day by two shots, a 66, on the South Course.



Ortiz is having his best season on Tour with three top-15s in his last four starts. He is 10th in the FedEx Cup and could take the lead with a win on Sunday.

“I think I’m getting to know myself and I’m having a different perspective on the way I’m playing,” said Ortiz. “I’m taking it easier, I’m trying to see the good things in everything, not only on the golf course. I just want to come out here, give my best. If my best is 78 or 66, that’s okay, but as long as I give my best, that’s all I’m trying to do here right now. ”




Reed, who last won at the WGC-Mexico Championship last February, played 31 on his opening nine but came back in 39 for a 70 on Saturday.

He caused controversy and raised cheating accusations after an embedded-ball drop on the 10th. His approach shot on the par-4 went into deep rough, he asked a volunteer if the shot bounced after striking the ground and the negative answer led him to believe his ball was embedded.

Under the Rules of Golf, players can check if their ball is embedded and receive free relief if it is. The first three rounds of the Farmers Insurance Open have been played under lift, clean and place because of wet conditions, including more than an inch of rain that fell Friday.


Reed let his playing partners know he would check his ball, determined it was embedded and moved it before officials arrived. He then asked senior tournament official Brad Fabel to double check the ground for an indentation. Fabel said he did, determined that Reed’s ball had been embedded and guided Reed through the drop for relief.

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Video evidence showed the ball did bounce but Reed said he had to use his best judgment.

“When you have three players, three caddies and the volunteer (who’s) really close to the golf ball not seeing the ball bounce, then you have to go by what everyone sees and what everyone saw,” said Reed after the round. “When no one has seen that, then the rules official basically says whether it’s free relief or not, and the rules official agreed that the ball had broken the plane and it was relief.”

“When the ball bounces it’s almost impossible for it to break the plane and so therefore, when that happens, anytime you see the ball bounce you just play it as it lies. If you had 100 people around there, bunch of fans out there and one fan said they saw it bounce, I never would have had to put a tee down and even check to see if it was embedded.”



“That’s why you always call a rules official, because at the end of the day they’re going to have the best judgment over everybody. If they believe that it’s embedded as well, that’s then when you go by what they say.”

“We’re fine with the outcome of the situation (on No. 10),” said PGA TOUR rules official Ken Tackett in a post-round interview.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
T1
Carlos Ortiz
-10
72
68
66
206
T1
Patrick Reed
-10
64
72
70
206
T3
Sam Burns
-8
66
72
70
208
T3
Lanto Griffin
-8
66
70
72
208
T3
Viktor Hovland
-8
70
65
73
208
T3
Jon Rahm
-8
69
67
72
208
T3
Adam Scott
-8
67
69
72
208
T8
Rory McIlroy
-7
68
71
70
209
T8
Ryan Palmer
-7
66
70
73
209
T8
Sam Ryder
-7
71
69
69
209
T8
Will Zalatoris
-7
68
71
70
209
T12
Tony Finau
-6
69
67
74
210
T12
Peter Malnati
-6
66
71
73
210
T12
Henrik Norlander
-6
73
69
68
210
T12
Xander Schauffele
-6
70
72
68
210
T12
Robby Shelton
-6
73
64
73
210
T17
Max Homa
-5
71
68
72
211
T17
Rory Sabbatini
-5
72
67
72
211
T17
Richy Werenski
-5
69
69
73
211
T20
Cameron Davis
-4
70
71
71
212
T20
William Gordon
-4
67
70
75
212
T20
Adam Hadwin
-4
69
70
73
212
T20
Bo Hoag
-4
72
69
71
212
T20
Sungjae Im
-4
69
74
69
212
T20
Ted Potter, Jr.
-4
71
69
72
212
T20
Kyle Stanley
-4
72
70
70
212
T27
Wyndham Clark
-3
67
73
73
213
T27
Jason Kokrak
-3
70
69
74
213
T27
Marc Leishman
-3
71
70
72
213
T27
Alex Noren
-3
64
74
75
213
T27
Louis Oosthuizen
-3
72
71
70
213
T27
Cameron Tringale
-3
72
69
72
213
T33
Dylan Frittelli
-2
70
73
71
214
T33
Doug Ghim
-2
70
71
73
214
T33
Bill Haas
-2
71
71
72
214
T33
Brandon Hagy
-2
66
75
73
214
T33
Tom Lewis
-2
68
75
71
214
T33
J.T. Poston
-2
69
74
71
214
T39
Rhein Gibson
-1
66
76
73
215
T39
Lucas Glover
-1
68
72
75
215
T39
Luke List
-1
66
77
72
215
T39
Denny McCarthy
-1
67
75
73
215
T39
Francesco Molinari
-1
72
71
72
215
T39
Charl Schwartzel
-1
70
72
73
215
T45
Joseph Bramlett
E
69
73
74
216
T45
Corey Conners
E
72
71
73
216
T45
Rickie Fowler
E
70
73
73
216
T45
Harry Higgs
E
71
69
76
216
T45
Hideki Matsuyama
E
74
68
74
216
T45
Cameron Percy
E
71
72
73
216
T45
Chase Seiffert
E
72
68
76
216
T45
Brandt Snedeker
E
69
70
77
216
T45
Kevin Streelman
E
68
75
73
216
T45
Justin Suh
E
71
72
73
216
T55
Bronson Burgoon
1
69
74
74
217
T55
Talor Gooch
1
66
74
77
217
T55
John Huh
1
69
72
76
217
T55
Matt Jones
1
70
73
74
217
T55
Michael Kim
1
69
74
74
217
T55
Danny Lee
1
74
67
76
217
T55
Phil Mickelson
1
71
72
74
217
T55
Xinjun Zhang
1
70
73
74
217
T63
Byeong Hun An
2
72
71
75
218
T63
Tain Lee
2
71
72
75
218
T63
Pat Perez
2
71
70
77
218
T63
Gary Woodland
2
66
75
77
218
T67
K.J. Choi
3
66
76
77
219
T67
Kyle Mendoza
3
73
69
77
219
T67
Troy Merritt
3
71
72
76
219
T67
Matthew NeSmith
3
70
73
76
219
T67
Roger Sloan
3
68
73
78
219
T67
Steve Stricker
3
72
70
77
219
T73
Kevin Stadler
4
71
72
77
220
T73
Sepp Straka
4
69
74
77
220
T75
Jason Dufner
5
74
69
78
221
T75
Kelly Kraft
5
73
69
79
221
T75
Tyler McCumber
5
76
67
78
221
T78
Grayson Murray
7
69
73
81
223
T78
Tim Wilkinson
7
67
76
80
223
CUT
Scott Brown
E
71
73
144
CUT
Beau Hossler
E
66
78
144
CUT
Mackenzie Hughes
E
70
74
144
CUT
Si Woo Kim
E
68
76
144
CUT
Satoshi Kodaira
E
71
73
144
CUT
Martin Laird
E
70
74
144
CUT
Hank Lebioda
E
73
71
144
CUT
Ryan Moore
E
70
74
144
CUT
Seung-Yul Noh
E
68
76
144
CUT
Doc Redman
E
73
71
144
CUT
Scottie Scheffler
E
65
79
144
CUT
Jordan Spieth
E
69
75
144
CUT
Scott Stallings
E
69
75
144
CUT
Robert Streb
E
68
76
144
CUT
Brian Stuard
E
71
73
144
CUT
Rafael Campos
1
71
74
145
CUT
Tyler Duncan
1
73
72
145
CUT
Chesson Hadley
1
73
72
145
CUT
Billy Horschel
1
76
69
145
CUT
Russell Knox
1
71
74
145
CUT
Cameron Smith
1
66
79
145
CUT
Jared du Toit
1
70
75
145
CUT
Erik van Rooyen
1
74
71
145
CUT
Matt Every
2
76
70
146
CUT
Michael Gellerman
2
74
72
146
CUT
Kramer Hickok
2
73
73
146
CUT
J.B. Holmes
2
75
71
146
CUT
Anirban Lahiri
2
68
78
146
CUT
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
2
74
72
146
CUT
Patrick Rodgers
2
72
74
146
CUT
Adam Schenk
2
75
71
146
CUT
Jimmy Walker
2
73
73
146
CUT
Cameron Young
2
74
72
146
CUT
Chris Baker
3
72
75
147
CUT
Cameron Champ
3
68
79
147
CUT
Emiliano Grillo
3
76
71
147
CUT
Charles Howell III
3
80
67
147
CUT
Hunter Mahan
3
76
71
147
CUT
Ben Taylor
3
73
74
147
CUT
Jhonattan Vegas
3
70
77
147
CUT
Kristoffer Ventura
3
72
75
147
CUT
Bubba Watson
3
70
77
147
CUT
Aaron Baddeley
4
75
73
148
CUT
Jason Day
4
76
72
148
CUT
Scott Harrington
4
74
74
148
CUT
Tom Hoge
4
70
78
148
CUT
Brooks Koepka
4
72
76
148
CUT
Maverick McNealy
4
74
74
148
CUT
Keith Mitchell
4
77
71
148
CUT
J.J. Spaun
4
74
74
148
CUT
Mark Anderson
5
78
71
149
CUT
Sebastian Cappelen
5
70
79
149
CUT
Joel Dahmen
5
78
71
149
CUT
James Hahn
5
70
79
149
CUT
Jamie Lovemark
5
79
70
149
CUT
Willie Mack III
5
74
75
149
CUT
Andy Ogletree
5
72
77
149
CUT
Kevin Tway
5
69
80
149
CUT
Harris English
6
79
71
150
CUT
Jim Knous
6
72
78
150
CUT
Nelson Ledesma
6
73
77
150
CUT
Harold Varner III
6
78
72
150
CUT
Nick Watney
6
74
76
150
CUT
Ryan Brehm
7
77
74
151
CUT
David Hearn
7
74
77
151
CUT
Rob Oppenheim
7
72
79
151
CUT
Tyler Strafaci (a)
8
77
75
152
CUT
Seamus Power
9
78
75
153
CUT
Vincent Whaley
9
72
81
153
CUT
Michael Gligic
12
79
77
156
CUT
Andres Gonzales
13
70
87
157
CUT
John Senden
15
76
83
159
WD
Camilo Villegas
E
WD
Matthew Wolff
E
WD
Martin Trainer
E
WD
Fabián Gómez
E
WD
Charley Hoffman
E
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