Farmers Insurance Open leaderboard 2014: Jordan Spieth, Jason Day chasing on Sunday

Stephen Dunn

On a Torrey South Course that's brutalized the field all week, the top of the leaderboard is bunched up coming down the stretch on Sunday.

As the final groups during Sunday's final round hit the back nine at Torrey Pines, there are 17 players within two shots of the lead currently held by Pat Perez, Gary Woodland, Marc Leishman and an in the clubhouse K.J. Choi. The bunched up leaderboard can't make up for the absence of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, but ascendant American players like Jordan Spieth and Gary Woodland should yield an exciting finish.

While Mickelson is the most famous local favorite, Perez is also playing a home game at the South Course, where his dad has served as the starter for the Farmers Insurance Open. The precocious California native is used to putting on the sometimes temperamental poa annua greens, which should be a huge advantage playing late in the day and coming down the stretch. Perez has been known to lose his cool a bit, but he's obviously comfortable and in control at Torrey.

Woodland is one of the better athletes on Tour, a ripped Kansan who can bomb it as far as anyone. His short game around the green is definitely a weak spot, but he's been on a roll since the second half of last year and should be an American name pushing for a potential Ryder Cup spot. Given the talent around him on the leaderboard, and the respect that Torrey gets from the pros, a win here would be a huge boost at the start of a big season.

Chasing the trio of leaders are a couple big names that will be trendy major picks this season, most notably Jordan Spieth and Jason Day. A win for Spieth would make him the first player at his age with multiple victories on Tour since the early 1930s. Day, for all the money made and the impressive performances at the majors, has just one Tour win to his name. That's hard to believe, but he'll be a pick for many at Augusta in just a few months so getting a second win under his belt would be huge.

Here's the top of the bunched up leaderboard with just a couple hours left to go in La Jolla:

Place Player Score Thru
T1 K.J. Choi -8 F
T1 Pat Perez -8 10
T1 Gary Woodland -8 9
T1 Marc Leishman -8 9
T5 Graham DeLaet -7 13
T5 Jason Day -7 13
T5 Ryo Ishikawa -7 11
T5 Scott Stallings -7 11
T5 Jordan Spieth -7 9
T10 Charley Hoffman -6 17
T10 Seung-Yul Noh -6 16
T10 Trevor Immelman -6 15
T10 Russell Knox -6 15
T10 Justin Thomas -6 15
T10 Erik Compton -6 14
T10 Brad Fritsch -6 12
T10 Will MacKenzie -6 11
T18 Hideki Matsuyama -4 17
T18 Keegan Bradley -4 13
T18 Charles Howell III -4 12
T18 Nicolas Colsaerts -4 12
T18 Morgan Hoffmann -4 10
T23 J.B. Holmes -3 F
T23 Billy Horschel -3 F
T23 Luke Guthrie -3 17*
T23 Bubba Watson -3 16*
T23 Robert Streb -3 12
T23 Brian Stuard -3 12
T23 Rory Sabbatini -3 10
T30 Stewart Cink -2 F
T30 Jamie Lovemark -2 17*
T30 Bill Haas -2 16*
T30 Justin Leonard -2 16*
T30 Ian Poulter -2 15
T30 Brendan Steele -2 14*
T30 Kevin Tway -2 14
T37 Stuart Appleby -1 17*
T37 Brendon Todd -1 16
T37 Sang-Moon Bae -1 16
T37 Martin Laird -1 16
T37 Robert Garrigus -1 15
T37 Kevin Chappell -1 14
T37 Y.E. Yang -1 14*
T37 Chad Collins -1 14*
T37 Hunter Mahan -1 13*
T46 Justin Hicks E 17
T46 Michael Putnam E 15*
T46 Andres Romero E 12
T49 John Merrick 1 F
T49 Jim Herman 1 F
T49 D.A. Points 1 15*
T49 David Lingmerth 1 14*
T49 Jhonattan Vegas 1 14*
T49 Matt Jones 1 14*
T55 Mark Calcavecchia 2 17*
T55 Lee Westwood 2 16*
T55 David Lynn 2 16*
T55 Tag Ridings 2 15*
T55 Blake Adams 2 15*
T55 Tyrone Van Aswegen 2 12*
T55 Nick Watney 2 12*
T62 Victor Dubuisson 3 17*
T62 Chris Williams 3 17*
T62 Bryce Molder 3 12*
T62 Jonathan Byrd 3 11*
T62 D.H. Lee 3 11*
T67 Harrison Frazar 4 11*
T67 Charlie Wi 4 10*
T69 Ben Crane 5 13*
T69 Cameron Tringale 5 13*
T71 Greg Owen 6 12*
T71 Matt Bettencourt 6 12*
73 Nicholas Thompson 7 12*

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