K.J. Choi one-putted his last six holes Saturday to salvage an even-par 72 and a share of the lead with Scott Brown going into a final round at the PGA Tour's Farmers Insurance Open that seems to have everyone nervous.
The threat is a forecast of high wind and big rain, and tee times were moved up as early as possible to try to avoid it.
Inside the ropes, the final round figured to be wide open with 16 players separated by three shots.
Choi was headed the wrong direction until he made a pair of birdies, saved par on three straight holes and then hit a wedge shot to 3 feet on the par-5 18th for one last birdie that allowed him to join Brown at 9-under 207.
Brown, whose lone PGA Tour victory was nearly three years ago, would not seem to be a candidate to thrive on the South Course at Torrey Pines, the longest on the PGA Tour. But he shot a 70 and goes into Sunday with a chance to win and earn the Augusta, Ga., native his first trip to the Masters.
Jimmy Walker, already a winner on two other California courses, shot a 68 that put him one shot behind. Gary Woodland, tied with Choi going into the third round, birdied his last hole for a 73 to join Walker at one shot behind.
Carded an albatross: Ha Na Jang, who made the first hole-in-one on a par-4 in LPGA Tour history, on No. 8 at the Ocean Club in Paradise Island, Bahamas. It's 218 yards and usually a par-3
Soared: Sara Takanashi of Japan, a 19-year-old who won her sixth women's ski jumping World Cup event in succession, in Oberstdorf, Germany. She'll go for seven Sunday.
Died: Kenny Sailors, college basketball Hall of Famer who is credited by some with being the first to use the modern jump shot. He was 95 and died in Laramie, Wyo.
Vonn skies out in giant slalom
Lindsey Vonn skied out on her second run after posting the fastest first run, leaving victory to Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany in a World Cup giant slalom in Maribor, Slovenia.
Native Minnesotan Vonn led by three-quarters of a second before losing balance on her second run and sliding into the safety netting. She was unhurt and remained the overall leader as her main rival, Lara Gut of Switzerland, also skied out in the final run. Vonn has 900 points, Gut 855.
The course deteriorated in warm weather, and those who raced late, including Vonn, struggled. She called it "a shame."
"Later starters have no chance at all," Vonn said. "On the top the snow isn't bad, on the bottom it's like sugar."
Mohaymen makes Derby noise
Mohaymen remained unbeaten, winning the Grade II Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla., for his fourth victory in four starts and moving closer to a Kentucky Derby chance.
Ridden by Junior Alvarado and trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, Mohaymen has 20 points in the system used to decide the field for the Derby.
Mohaymen finished the 11⁄16 miles in 1:42.07. Next up for Mohaymen is likely the Fountain of Youth on Feb. 27 and the Florida Derby on April 2, both at Gulfstream.
•Sunny Ridge moved into the Kentucky Derby picture with a win over Vorticity in the $250,000 Withers Stakes for 3-year-olds at Aqueduct in New York. The gray son of Holy Bull bred in New Jersey earned 10 qualifying points toward a Derby starting berth.
AROUND THE HORN
Men's golf: Jordan Spieth inched up the leaderboard at the Singapore Open, finishing his second round at 2-under 70 and then getting to 6 under par before darkness stopped the third round. South Korea's Song Young-han was 9 under after completing 13 holes in the third round.
Endurance racing: Katherine Legge drove the space-age DeltaWing car into the lead in the early stages of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, but an accident may have ended its race with more than 20 hours remaining. The DeltaWing's short reign likely ended when it stalled and was hit by another car just after Legge turned it over to Chris Cummings.
Luge: Olympic champion Natalie Geisenberger of Germany won her third world championship, finishing a quarter of a second ahead of Martina Kocher of Switzerland in Koenigssee, Germany.
Nordic combined: Eric Frenzel of Germany won his second Nordic combined in two days to go top of the overall World Cup standings. Frenzel finished 24.9 seconds ahead of Akito Watabe of Japan in Seefeld, Austria.
2Florida State will become the second school in the nation to sell beer at its college baseball games, the school announced to season-ticket holders. South Florida had been the only school allowing beer sales.