Lowry struggles as Jaeger takes narrow lead into Torrey finale

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Shane Lowry endured another frustrating day as he carded a one-over 73 to fall seven shots off the pace at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Looking to make a move, Lowry went backwards early with a bogey on the 12th as he played the course from back to front.

Two birdies in three holes either side of the turn moved him to within five shots of the leaders but back-to-back bogeys on the fourth and fifth halted any momentum. He did pick up a birdie at the sixth but annoyingly handed it back at the par-5 9th to fall back to four-under-par.


Stephan Jaeger, a six-time Korn Ferry Tour winner will take a one-shot lead into the final round at the South Course after Thomas Detry double bogeyed the last after his ball spun back into the water hazard, costing him his lead.

Jaeger carded a one-over 73 to lead on eleven-under while Matthieu Pavon (72) of France and Nicolai Højgaard (73) of Denmark are at 10-under while Detry, of Belgium, is 9-under after his 73.

It’s the first time he has held a lead on the PGA TOUR entering a final round. It’s only the fourth round where he’s held a lead/co-lead in 129 TOUR events.

“I’ve played Torrey Pines enough now that I know you don’t go out and shoot 4, 5-under every day you play the South Course,” Jaeger said following his third round 73. “I just knew that I was playing good enough, my game was good enough that if I just mentally stayed sharp and stayed, you know, on course of what I wanted to do, I had a good chance of having a chance on Sunday. That’s all I really want.”

The German is used to winning, his six Korn Ferry wins are the second most of all-time behind Jason Gore but this is a step up in class.

“It’s great to have some past success, but you really — that doesn’t really get you anything,” Jaeger said. “I’m going to feel it tomorrow, I’m going to be nervous.”

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