PORT ST. LUCIE, Florida (AP) Shigeki Maruyama and Fredrik Jacobsen took advantage of a Daniel Chopra slide Sunday to share a three-way lead at the rain-delayed Ginn sur Mer Classic.
Maruyama holed out from the sand for eagle at the par-5 16th to get into a three-way tie for the lead, Jacobsen moved steadily up the leaderboard all day, and Chopra simply unraveled on the back nine Sunday at the Ginn sur Mer Classic - setting the stage for a potentially wild finish Monday morning at Tesoro Club.
Play was suspended for the day by darkness with Maruyama, Jacobsen and Chopra all at 18 under, two shots ahead of clubhouse leader Dicky Pride.
"They're never easy. They're never supposed to be easy," Chopra said. "And if I do come out on top, I'm glad it was this way. You obviously treasure it so much more when you've got to really fight for it and work for it, and I'll have to do that tomorrow morning."
Momentum-wise, it's advantage Maruyama and Jacobsen, who were on the rise.
Logistically, it's clearly advantage Chopra. When final-round play resumes at 8 a.m. Monday, he'll start on the par-5 16th hole - the easiest on the course and one he's birdied three times already.
"I don't want to worry about what anyone else is doing," said Jacobsen, who, like Maruyama, will start on the par-3 17th.
Chopra had a four-shot lead when he made the turn Sunday afternoon, having just tapped in a 2-footer for a birdie that pushed him to 20 under. But two bogeys in his first four holes on the back side gave his closest pursuers a chance.
Sean O'Hair was alone in fifth at 14 under with two holes remaining, while Ken Duke, Cameron Beckman and Charlie Wi were all knotted in sixth place another shot back.
Bob Estes and Briny Baird, tied for second behind Chopra when the third round ended Sunday morning, were both 3 over through 15 holes of the final round and fell six shots off the lead.
It's already been a long week, for a variety of factors: Players aren't yet familiar with the course, there's been a lift-clean-and-place allowance because of the spongy conditions, and long hikes between many greens and tees.