Ortiz and Reed share the lead; Rahm is third to two strokes

The 29-year-old Mexican is seeking his second PGA Tour title, after winning his first last November at the Houston Open.

The Mexican Carlos Ortiz, who starred in the best round of the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open tournament on the PGA Tour, rose to first place in the provisional classification, which he shares with the American Patrick Reed, after adding both 206 strokes (-10) . His advantage is two strokes over a list of five players, among which is the Spanish Jon Rahm, who added 208 strokes (-8), all of them with options to fight for the title this Sunday, when the fourth and last day of the tournament that distributes 7.5 million dollars in prizes.

Ortiz, as happened in the second round, was one of the golfers who best adapted to the weather conditions at the Torrey Pines South municipal course in La Jolla (California), this time without the wind or rain of the previous days. He demonstrated it with a record of 66 strokes (-6), the best of the day, which allowed him to regain 20 places to co-lead with Reed.

The 29-year-old Mexican, who is seeking his second PGA Tour title, after winning the first last November at the Houston Open, started strong with three birdies until on par 3 of the 11th hole he made the only bogey of the working day. But he came back with four more birdies, including the three in a row from 15-17 that would ensure his comeback to the lead. Reed, 30, this time was not as inspired as in previous days, he made a brilliant first half of the course in which he scored an eagle and three birdies. But in the second it was a nightmare as he committed four consecutive bogeys until on par 5 of the 18th hole he again achieved the birdie that saved the day, in which he was also the protagonist of a controversial action.

Reed faced a rulebook problem when he dropped a supposedly embedded ball after removing it from a bunker, before the official had arrived as the rules establish. A ball embedded anywhere on the green, except in sandy areas, is entitled to a free fall, which is what Reed was looking for. But television replays showed that the ball had bounced before settling in the rough, making it difficult for it to be embedded in the ground.

Rahm, second in the world, who starts as a great favorite for the title, remained in the fight despite having an irregular day with a good start with two birdies in a row (holes 2 and 3), but then everything went up and down to end signed card of 72 (par) after making the fourth birdie of the day on hole 17. Along with Rahm, Norwegian Viktor Hovland, who came out of the lead, also added 208 shots (-8) after delivering a signed card of 73 hits (+1). Americans Lanto Griffin and Sam Burns, along with Australian Adam Scott completed the list of five players who share third place.

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