LA JOLLA, Calif. — Harris English and J.B. Holmes share the lead entering Sunday’s final round of the $6.3 million Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course.
“I just want to go out and have a good time and just relax and play, so whatever happens happens,” said Holmes, who began Saturday’s third round in a five-way tie for 16th, five shots behind English, the second-round leader, then shot a four-under-par 68 on the South Course.
“Just lucky to be able to be in a position to have a chance to win and hopefully it will go my way, but the main thing, if I can just go one shot at a time and just have a good time out there, then the rest will take care of itself.”
Holmes had seven birdies and three bogeys Saturday. He finished his round with a birdie on the par-5 18th to go to nine-under-par for the tournament.
“It was a great day,” said Holmes, who is at nine-under-par 207 for the tournament. “I hit it great, felt comfortable over the ball all day and just had a lot of fun.”
English, who became the first golfer since 2011 to complete the first two rounds of the tournament without a bogey, had a double-bogey on the fourth hole in a round of one-over-par 73.
“It’s hard to play Torrey Pines and not (have) a difficult day,” English said. “This is a hard golf course. This is one where pars are good.”
English said he “didn’t want the double bogey to get me frustrated and then to start pressing a little bit and trying to make birdies, because once you do that and you start hitting some crazy shots… that’s where you make more bogeys.”
English parred each of the next eight holes after his double bogey, birdied the 13th and bogeyed the 17th.
“I felt like I did a good job maintaining my composure and playing my game,” English said. “I feel like I had a good stretch there hitting the ball 15 to 20 feet a lot of holes and giving my putter a chance.”
There are five golfers tied for third at eight-under 208, one shot off the lead, Lucas Glover, Jimmy Walker, Spencer Levin, Chad Campbell and Nick Watney. Five other golfers are two strokes behind the co-leaders, Jason Day, Andres Gonzales, Bill Haas, Alex Prugh and Jhonattan Vegas,
Final round play is set to begin at 8:20 a.m. English, Holmes and Glover will play in the final threesome and tee off at 10:20 a.m., 10 minutes after Campbell, Levin and Walker, who is seeking to win his second consecutive tournament.
Walker won the Sony Open in Hawaii by nine shots over Scott Piercy, then sat out each of the next two tournaments.
English has two victories on the PGA Tour — the FedEx St. Jude Classic and OHL Classic at Mayakoba, both in 2013. Holmes is a three-time winner on the PGA Tour, including last year’s Wells Fargo Championship.
Glover won the 2009 U.S. Open, the 2011 Wells Fargo Classic and 2005 Funai Classic at the Walt Disney World Resort.
The winner will receive $1.134 million.