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Ryan Moore, Kyle Stanley, Troy Kelly at Farmers, 3rd Rd.

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on Jan. 28, 2012 at 4:54 pm with No Comments »
January 28, 2012 4:54 pm

This week: PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open, Thursday through Sunday, Torrey Pines North and South Courses, San Diego.

Stanley’s third-round score: 4-under-par 68 on the South Course.

Kelly’s third-round score: 6-over 78.

Position: At 18-under 198, Stanley holds a five-shot lead over John Huh and John Rollins (203). Kelly (2-over 218) missed the final-day cut, but did earn a paycheck for finishing in 79th place. Moore missed the cut Friday at 1-under 143.

Recap: Simply put, with his great length and stellar poise, Stanley appears to be playing the beastly South Course differently than the field this week. His lead grew to five shots when he sank an 18-foot birdie on the 199-yard, par-3 16th, and had he converted a 51/2-foot birdie putt on the finishing hole, he would have eclipsed Tiger Woods’ 54-hole record in this event (198). … After two pretty good rounds Thursday and Friday, Kelly struck disaster midway through his round Saturday by taking penalty strokes at the 17th (drive too far left) and 18th hole (two approach shots in a greenside pond), and finished that two-hole stretch in 6-over.

Stanley’s tee time Sunday: 10:30 a.m. PST off the first tee of the South Course.

Next for Kelly: An alternate for the Waste Management Phoenix Open starting Thursday at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona.

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