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January 29 2012

2:42 AM

Tidbits from the third round

LA JOLLA, Calif. — News and notes from the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open: • A secondary cut took place Saturday. The initial 36-hole cut left 79 players at 2-under or better. After Saturday, there are 73 players remaining for Sunday's final round. • Kyle Stanley, seeking his first victory, takes a five-shot lead into Sunday's final round. The Farmers Insurance Open has not produced a first-time TOUR winner since Jay Don Blake in 1991. • Since 2000, the third-round leader of the Farmers Insurance Open has held on for the win just four times. • Outside of Ted Kroll winning the inaugural Farmers Insurance Open, Arnold Palmer (1957) is the only player to win in his first start in this event. John Huh (T2) and Sang-Moon Bae (T4) are making their first starts. • Making his eighth consecutive start at the Farmers Insurance Open dating to 2005, Haas put himself in good position for Sunday’s final round with a 2-under 70 Saturday. At 12-under 204, he will begin the final round six strokes back.
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