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Holmes and English share third-round Torrey Pines lead

Reuters, LA JOLLA, California

J.B. Holmes joined overnight leader Harris English atop the Farmers Insurance Open leaderboard following the third round at Torrey Pines on Saturday.

Holmes put together a four-under-par 68 on the tough South Course to move to nine-under 207 for the tournament, while English finished with a 73.

Former US Open winner Lucas Glover (70), recent Sony Open winner Jimmy Walker (70) and fellow Americans Spencer Levin (70), Chad Campbell (70) and Nick Watney (72) shared third at eight-under.

Holmes managed seven birdies with three bogeys, leaving him in great shape to chase down a fourth win on tour.

Meanwhile, three-time major champion Billy Casper died on Saturday at the age of 83, the US PGA Tour has announced.

The tour said on its Web site that Casper died at his home in Springville, Utah.

Casper won the 1959 and 1966 US Opens, and also won the 1970 US Masters in a playoff.

Those major wins were among his 51 victories on the PGA Tour between 1956 and 1975, seventh on the all-time list.

Casper, eight-times a US Ryder Cup team member, was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1978.

Additional reporting by Reuters

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