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SAN DIEGO – Jon Rahm has those familiar feelings back at Torrey Pines, and that’s troubling news for the rest of the contenders.

Tied for half the lead, Rahm got back on the course a bit on Saturday with a par-72 that left him tied for third, with a shot back, at the Farmers Insurance Open. In his previous 10 rounds this calendar year, he had a combined 60 under par.

On another sun-dappled, windless day at Torrey Pines, Rahm didn’t necessarily play poorly (he hit 10 fairways and 14 greens), but he made a mess around the 10.the green and took a double bogey. He only scored a single birdie coming home on poa annua greens that got even more uneven in the afternoon sun.

“I think I played really well,” he said afterwards. “I feel like I played much better than the score shows.”

Farmers Insurance Open Full Field Scores

And that’s what sparked his memories of the US Open last summer, when he shot 72 in the third round to fall three behind, but still felt supremely confident in his game and his chances. The next day, he roared back with a 67 to capture his first major. Rahm also came from behind to win here in 2017, when he shot 65 on the final day and erased a three-shot deficit.

“I feel a bit like I felt at the US Open, right?” he said. “The third round of the US Open was not the best. I finished 1 over par and I was happy because it was a US Open, but I know it could have been better. I played good golf and felt good, but I still knew that if things started to fall into place, Sunday’s round was going to be good, and I feel the same way (now). Every part of my game feels good, it just hasn’t been shown or manifested on the golf course.”

The other prominent name in the final group also made some uncharacteristic mistakes.

Justin Thomas held the lead only when he was unable to raise and lower for par before 15.the green. He then hooked his tee shot into the penalty area in the 17ththe and dropped another shot.

Thomas signed for a 73 and lost ground on a day when the shooting average from the field was more than a half-under par (71.29). He will start the final round two shots behind, tied for fifth place. With a win, he would become the first player since Tiger Woods in 1999 to get a 15the PGA Tour title before the age of 29.


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