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Scott Stallings AFP PHOTO

Scott Stallings AFP PHOTO

LA JOLLA, United States: Scott Stallings erased a three-shot deficit and birdied the 72nd hole on Sunday to break out of the pack and win the US PGA Tour Farmers Insurance Open.

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Stallings secured his third win in three years on the PGA Tour with a four-under par 68. It wasn’t always pretty, but it was enough for a winning nine-under-par total of 279.

He finished one stroke in front of a field that was so closely packed that 10 different players held at least a share of the lead during the round.

None of them had to worry about a sneak attack from world number one Tiger Woods, an eight-time winner at Torrey Pines who stunningly missed the secondary cut after a third-round 79.

Nor was local favorite Phil Mickelson on hand. He pulled out on Friday night with a sore back.

South Korean veteran K.J. Choi was among those whose named topped the leaderboard on Sunday afternoon. He posted the low round of the weekend with a six-under par 66 that eventually left him tied for second on 280 with Canadian Graham DeLaet, Australians Jason Day and Marc Leishman and American Pat Perez.

Leishman, the 2010 runner-up, went into the final round one shot off Gary Woodland’s lead and closed with a 71. DeLaet and Day both carded 68s while Perez notched a 70.

Charley Hoffman leapt 20 places up the leaderboard with a five-under 67 that gave him a share of seventh on 281.

He was joined by Japan’s Ryo Ishikawa and Will MacKenzie, who both carded 70s.

Woodland struggled to a 74 to fall into a tie for 10th place with South Africa’s Trevor Immelman, South Korea’s Noh Seung-Yul, Scotland’s Russell Knox, Canadian Brad Fritsch and Justin Thomas.

AFP

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