English and Holmes at the top

JB Holmes and Harris English are tied for the lead heading into the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open on Sunday..

English was the outright leader after the second round but two poor chips would see him card a one over 73, dropping back to nine under with Holmes.

After a birdie on the first, the American lost the lead he had since day one when his chip found the second tier of the green on the par four fourth, leading to a double bogey.

Following a string of pars, he birdied the 13th but another poor chip lead to bogey on the 16th.

“It’s hard to play Torrey Pines and not be a difficult day,” the 25-year-old told espn.go.com.

“I know 1-over par is never good on the PGA Tour, but today it keeps me in the tournament. I could have easily pressed a little bit and turned that 1 over into a 3 or 4 over.

“I’m coming off the day very pleased and looking forward to tomorrow. This is a US Open golf course. And you’ve got to treat it like that.”

Meanwhile, Holmes incredible seven birdies were offset by three bogeys on par fours. The 32-year-old indicated that the rough is dangerous, so it’s important to play from the fairways on the South Course at Torrey Pines.

“This golf course is a big, ball-striking course,” said the man from Kentucky.

“So you’ve got to hit it in the fairway, you’ve got to hit some good shots and give yourself a chance for some birdies. The rough, it probably plays worse than it did at the US. Open when they had it here in 2008.”

The chasing pack, one stroke behind, include Jimmy Walker and Nick Watney along with three others. Jason Day, looking for his first win since the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship last February, is two shots off the pace on seven under.