Leishman wins at Torrey Pines ... PGA Tour mourns Kobe — MCCARTHY

Leishman wins at Torrey Pines ... PGA Tour mourns Kobe — MCCARTHY

While McIlroy (30) remains second in the world behind Brooks Koepka following his tie for third in the Farmers Insurance Open, Rahm could take over as world No 1 this week after finishing second to Marc Leishman at Torrey Pines.

Cold weather, brisk breezes and overcast skies combined to make scoring less than suitable, but in the gloomy conditions, one man stood out like a blazing star on the grand seaside stage.

France's Victor Perez pulled within one stroke of Wu after he recovered from two early bogeys with four straight birdies on the back nine to finish five under for the day.

Leishman holed 10 putts from outside 10 feet in the three ShotLink-measured rounds. "The first hole, second shot was unbelievable for me", Wu said. Then when Joey told me that here.... "I hope this can bring them a bit of joy".

Tiger Woods charged into contention for a record-setting 83rd all-time US PGA title on Saturday, shooting a three-under par 69 as he chases a ninth career victory at Torrey Pines. McIlroy could have become the world's top player with a victory.

Rahm, who held a one-stroke lead at the start of the final round, played the first five holes in 4-over before stopping the bleeding with a birdie at No. 6.

Woods, a lifelong Los Angeles Lakers fan who was good friends with National Basketball Association superstar Bryant, birdied the 72nd hole to return a 70 and finish on nine under, six shots behind champion Marc Leishman, but his performance was far from his thoughts when he was informed of Bryant's passing. That's the start you want to get off to. I was just told about five minutes ago. "I'll have my work cut out for me".

Rahm played so badly at the start - two bogeys and a double bogey through five holes - that he started firing away, and few players are more unsafe. 8 and 9. A three-putt bogey on 11 stifled his chances.

While news of Bryant's passing spreading quickly around the course among spectators as Leishman played his front nine, numerous competitors were unaware until after their rounds. I wasn't expecting this at the start of the day. I made some good birdie putts early and then some great par saves later.

Rahm finished with a two-under 70 on Sunday and a 14-under-par total.

Woods finished equal ninth at nine-under-par 279, six strokes behind Australian victor Marc Leishman. Leishman was going the other direction and getting there in a hurry.

But in the end, it was Leishman's day, thanks in large part to his putter.

"I knew it was possible to come back if I hit the shots, and I did, but I just fell short".

"I've never liked helicopters", said McIlroy. "Keep doing the same thing tomorrow and should be right there".

Rahm had a downhill eagle putt from more than 17m on the final green to force a play-off but there were to be no heroics like his epic eagle from longer range on the same hole to win the tournament in 2017.

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