Snedeker takes lead at stormy Torrey Pines

LOS ANGELES • Brandt Snedeker fired a three-under par 69 on Sunday but will not know until this morning (Singapore time) if it gives him a chance at the US PGA Tour's Torrey Pines title after a weather-disrupted day in the Farmers Insurance Open.

Final-round play was suspended for the day after three weather delays, with gusting winds and driving rain pushing up scores on the difficult South Course.

"It was like playing a British Open on a US Open set-up," said Snedeker, the only player in red numbers for the day when he walked off the course with a six-under-par total of 282.

Jimmy Walker was seven under for the tournament through 10 holes - one over for the day when play was suspended for the day.

Overnight co-leader K.J. Choi of South Korea was at six under for the tournament, three over for the day, through 10. Scott Brown, who shared the third-round lead, was six over for the day and in a tie for seventh, just one of many struggling in the adverse conditions on the coastal course north of San Diego, California. Winds gusted up to over 70kmh.

Overall, the scoring average was over 78 and of those who finished, the next-best score to Snedeker's was the 73 of Ireland's Shane Lowry. Nine players shot in the 80s even though tournament officials moved tees forward and opted for more wind-protected pin placements in anticipation of the stormy weather.

"One of my best rounds on tour, by far," said Snedeker, who opened with a bogey but had four birdies in five holes - at 10, 12, 13 and 14 - to surge up the leaderboard. "Under these conditions, to shoot anything under par or around par is a good round. To shoot 69 when you need to - really special."

After bogeys at the second and seventh, Walker moved atop the leaderboard with a birdie at the par-three eighth.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 02, 2016, with the headline 'Snedeker takes lead at stormy Torrey Pines'. Print Edition | Subscribe