Farmers Insurance Open. Scott Secures Win.

 

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Scott Stallings secured the Farmers Insurance Open title at Torrey Pines south course with a last hole birdie.

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Scott was in the fairway on the par five last hole, with 222 yards to the front of the green when his caddie said to him;

 “Let’s see what you’ve got.”

Scott obliged, hitting a four iron which just cleared the water and set up two putts from 40 feet for a birdie. That gave him a – 4 under par 68 final round for a -9 under par total. It also gave him the club-house lead, which no one was able to surpass, and a one-shot lead that turned into victory.

A year ago Scott was in a similar position in a tournament, and put his shot into water, no mistake this time around;

“I don’t think one would happen without the other, I actually thought about 18 at Humana the whole time on 18 today. Not that I was like, `Oh, don’t hit it in the water.’ But it was, `Just make sure you pay attention to everything that’s going on.’ You don’t get very many opportunities to win golf tournaments on this tour, I didn’t necessarily understand the situation I was in as far as the score, but I did know I had an opportunity.  I was playing to win.”

K.J. Choi had the best score of the week on the South Course with a -6 under par 66 and was among five players who tied for second place at -8 under par. Joining K.J. on that score were Graeme DeLaet, Jason Day, Pat Perez, and Marc Lieshman.

Pat Perez really wanted this win;

” It’s great and bad, this is the one I want to win more than anything in the world, and I came up short. I thought today would have been my day. I would like to be in that position again.”

Gary Woodland, who had a one shot lead at the start of play appeared to have the best chance to catch Scott. He was one shot behind when an errant tee shot on  the 17th, a hooked fairway metal into the canyon, basically ended all hope for him;

” This will be hard to swallow, I felt like I kind of gave one away today.”

Gary finished at -6 under par, three shots off the lead.

Farmers Insurance Open. Gary Grabs the Spotlight.

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Gary Woodland grabbed the spotlight at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, using his power to push him to the top of the leaderboard.

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Gary carded a -2 under par third round at Torrey Pines difficult South Course, which gave him a tournament total of -8 under par. He said if he does make the fairways it makes it a lot easier for him, he also remarked on the departure of Tiger Woods from this tournament following Tigers +7 over par 79 third round;

“If I drive the ball in play, I’m playing a little different golf course than most guys are playing. You get going south on this golf course, you can definitely put up some numbers in a hurry, I don’t think he’s too concerned about it.”

Marc Leishman and Jordan Spieth are only one shot adrift on -7 under par for the tournament. Marc completed his third round in par 72;

“If you let bogeys worry you on that golf course, it’s going to be a pretty long day. You don’t have to do a whole lot wrong to have a bogey.”

Jordan was happy to be one shot back, especially as he struggled today but made some good saves;

” Only one shot back and a bunched leaderboard, it’s going to take a good score tomorrow.  I’m excited about tomorrow. I had some great saves down the stretch today, so take that momentum.”

San Diego native Pat Perez is tied in fourth spot with Morgan Hoffman, both on -6 under par, and very much in this contest.

Pat mentioned how far Gary can hit the ball;

“When you play with Gary, who hits it 40 yards farther than I do, it doesn’t look that hard. Where he hits it is unbelievable. But it was a lot harder today.”

Back to Tiger, who recorded  back-to-back double bogeys, the first time since the 2011 PGA Championship. It meant he was on his way home early, because more than 78 players advanced to the weekend, there was a 54-hole cut for top 70 and ties. Only one other player, club pro Michael Block, had a worse score than Tiger.  Sadly it is now official that he went seven straight holes making bogey or worse !!!

Farmers Insurance Open. Jordan Just Oozed Confidence.

 

Jordan Spieth judragon logo darkst oozed confidence in the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open recording a second round of -9 under par 63.

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Jordan achieved the very rare feat of upstaging his playing partner, Tiger Woods, in the second round at one of Tiger’s favorite courses, Torrey Pines. Jordan carded his -9 under par 63 on the easier North Course, Tiger could only manage a sad second round of -1 under par on the same course.

Jordan said that was special;

“Any time you can shoot a lower score than a 66 or 65 and you can really get it deep and be in a zone and not worry about what your score is , that’s special. That’s proving that I can play my best golf when it matters on a PGA TOUR venue. Each time you can do that, you get more and more confident that you can do it more often.”

Stewart Cink is in second place, struggling round the South course today, in -1 under par 71, he said he was looking forward to playing alongside Jordan for the first time, on Saturday;

“I’m looking forward to playing with Jordan. I’ve never seen him hit a ball, so that will be fun. It’s always exciting to see the young guys play. I’m playing really well.”

Nicolas Colsaerts is in third place at -8 under par, following his second round of -5 under par 67 on the more difficult South Course.

Tiger could only admire the strength and putting power of Jordan, after watching his top-notch performance first hand;

 ” The kid’s got talent, he hits it a long way, phenomenal putter. He made a boatload of putts today from the ten to twenty-foot range. He was pouring them in there. I was just a fraction off, and at this level and on golf courses like this, if you’re just a fraction off it doesn’t take much, especially as tight as the North Course is. I had so many balls that landed in the fairway that went in the rough. Now I can’t be aggressive, I’ve got to play conservative into some of these flags.”

Tiger remembers the time he made the cut by two shots in 1999, and then had a 62-65 weekend to win by two shots. That of course was before the South Course was lengthened. This year, no-one has carded better than -5 under par 67 over the first two rounds on the South Course.

The cut today was at made at even-par 144, and 83 players advanced. There will be another cut to top 70 and ties after the third round, both rounds will be played on the longer South Course.

Sadly missing the cut was Rickie Fowler, not sure what the problem is , but he needs to get it sorted out. I think he needs to concentrate more on his golf, there seems to be too many outside influences taking up some of his time. Just a personal observation.

Farmers Insurance Open. Cink in Control.

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First round leader of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines  is Stewart Cink, shooting a -8 under par 64, on the North course to top the leaderboard.

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Stewart knew the South course was playing around four shots harder than the North, so it was important to take advantage. He  hasn’t won since his British Open title at Turnberry in 2009. ;

“You want to really take advantage of the North Course because it will yield to you a little bit, and the South Course will not. I did a great job of going out there, just playing shot-by-shot, not really getting too caught up in. I have to birdie these holes. As a consequence, I actually made a few birdies and it felt great.”

Garry Woodland also took advantage of the North course, carding an opening round of -7 under par 65 to be in second place.

There are four players all tied in third spot at -6 under par after their rounds of 66, they all played the easier North course, Jason Day, Tyrone Van Aswegen, Marc Leishman, and Jim Herman.

For Tiger Woods it was a disaster day, stumbling around the South course in even par 72. Compare that to Par Perez who probably had the best round of the day, shooting an opening round on the more difficult South course of -5 under par 67. Pat won a Junior World Championship at Torrey Pines, by beating some Orange County kid named Tiger Woods. He said it was the best day of his life;

“Best day of my life, I’ve known him forever. He’s always been great to me. He gives me advice here and there, but to beat him that year was fantastic. I’ve got to hold onto that, so that’s about all that I got over him. But it hurts him. I’ll you tell, it hurts him.”

Phil Mickelson, felt awful,  he was coping with a back that locked up on him, initially he thought of retiring from the tournament. He ended up carding an opening -3 under par 69 on the North course;

” Never thought about not starting, but around the turn I thought about maybe taking this week off and seeing if I could get a little bit better. I kind of fought through the back nine and gave myself a chance.”

Levin & Stanley lead 1st round at Torrey Pines

Spencer Levin and Kyle Stanley lead the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. Both American players shot 62 for rounds of -10 under par on the easier North course. The best score of the day on the tougher South course was from Marc Turnesa with a 66 for a total -6 under par for the tournament.

Fijian Vijay Singh and Aussie Greg Chalmers shot 64 and 65 respectively, on the North course, to finish the day comfortably in touch with the leaders. Left hander Chalmers had an eagle three at the par five 18th, with a putt of 48 feet, which really gave a lift to his opening round and a nice way to celebrate Australia Day.

Phil Mickelson had a tough day on the South course shooting a +5 over par round of 77, and seemed really out of touch, and will need an exceptionally low round tomorrow when he tees it up for the easier North course.

He was asked about his driving performance, and what driver was he using today, this is his reply;

“I am using our new Razr Hawk driver. I didn’t use it the first round last week, and it was a mistake. I don’t know what I was thinking, I worked with it. I felt good with it, I just didn’t want to make any changes from the previous season.”

He also spoke about his putting woes;

” There is no shortcut in putting, that no matter what method you use. You still have to see the line and you still have to match it up to the proper speed. And I think that for me I was looking for a shortcut with the belly putter. I found what was best for me was to go back to how I was putting as a kid, growing up with a blade style putter. And an aggressiveness that I had at a younger age.”

Mickelson full interview at Farmers Insurance Open