February 23, 2024
A chicken’s eye view of the competitors on the Farmers Insurance coverage Open. Picture by Chris Stone.

Stephan Jaeger stood atop a remodeled leaderboard at Torrey Pines Thursday because the Farmers Insurance coverage Open subject shrank heading into the ultimate two rounds.

The German, with an 8-under 64, led Nicolai Højgaard of Denmark by one stroke, and Thomas Detry of Belgium and Matthieu Pavon of France, tied for third, by two strokes.

Tony Finau, at 6-under for the day, jumped up among the many leaders to spherical out the highest 5, in a tie with Michael Kim, a Torrey Pines Excessive alum; they path by three strokes.

It was a tough day although for Wednesday’s leaders. Each Kevin Yu and Patrick Cantlay fell to 6 strokes again, tied with a dozen different golfers, together with 2022 Farmers open champion Luke Record.

Ryo Hisatsune dipped additional, to eight strokes off the tempo, joined by final 12 months’s champ, Max Homa.

Different San Diego locals Xander Schauffele and Charley Hoffman, like Finau, climbed the leaderboard. They tied with 11 others, together with Hideki Matsuyama – who had a gap in a single Thursday – at 5 strokes again.

Jaeger, who has but to win on the PGA Tour, completed his day with a flourish Thursday, with an eagle. And he’s not daunted by the motion shifting to the South Course for the ultimate rounds Friday and Saturday.

“I’m pumped to play the South Course two extra days,” he advised the Related Press. “I like this place. That is most likely one in every of my favourite tournaments yearly.”

Schauffele is No. 5 within the Official World Golf Rating, the highest-ranked participant within the subject. Cantlay and Homa observe in sixth and seventh.

The Farmers open subject of 156, in the meantime, dropped as notables, together with Sungjae Im, Collin Morikama, Victor Perez and Jason Day, didn’t make the minimize.

Schauffele, in the meantime, continued the PGA Tour’s longest energetic streak of transferring on. He has accomplished so in 36 straight tournaments; he final didn’t make the minimize on the 2022 Masters.

The winner will obtain $1.62 million, a part of the $9 million purse.