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Farmers Insurance Open 2015, Round 3 recap: Nick Watney within striking distance after 72

SAN DIEGO — Nick Watney is one round away from notching his second career win at Torrey Pines after firing a third-round 72. After collecting one birdie and one bogey apiece on the front 9, the Sacramento native put together a string of pars across the back and topped it off with a par-saving up-and-down from the fringe on the 18th green.

The prospect of winning in his home state has him ready to attack the final round on Sunday.

Standing in his way are J.B. Holmes and Harris English, who are tied atop the leaderboard at nine under par. They’ll all be among the final groups tomorrow as each vies for a title on one of the most difficult stops on the PGA Tour. 

“You got to stay patient out there,” said Harris English after shooting a third-round 73. “That’s what my caddie has been telling me all week. This is a hard golf course, this is the one where pars are good.” 

For English, the lone slip-up came on No. 4, when he carded a double bogey. “I was fully expecting that ball to be in the bunker,” he said. “And it ended up on top of the rough, which wasn’t very thick.. I played it too aggressive.” 

Photo Credit: Michael Cohen/Getty Images

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His credits include Yahoo Sports and Bleacher Report, among others.
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