Harris English leads the Farmers Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego at the mid-way point.
Harris shot a second round -6 under par 66 on the easier North Course to lead the Farmers Open by two shots with his -10 under par total. He admitted to reporters that it is easy to find what is not right with your game, when it is not going well;
“When you start struggling, it’s easy to try to find stuff that’s wrong with your game, wrong with your swing.”
“I definitely was more swing-oriented than playing golf. That’s not me. That’s not how I grew up playing the game.”
“You’re standing over shots thinking about swing positions instead of trying to see your ball flight and trying to play golf. That’s what I was doing the latter half of the year, it was really frustrating.”
“I’ve been having a lot more fun since I know where the ball’s been going these past couple months and I’m looking forward to the next couple years with working with Scott and to see what we can accomplish.”
Tied in third place are three players, all on -8 under par for the competition, Nick Watney, Jhonattan Vegas and Martin Laird.
Nick had a superb second round of -7 under par 65 on the North Course to haul himself up into contention at the week-end. Jhonattan had a steady -3 under par second round and Martin -4 under par, all three on the North Course.
On his own in fifth place is Nick Thompson who struggled round the South Course today carding +1 over par 73 and losing touch with the leaders, he is now at -7 under par overall.
There are some BIG names not making cut, apart from the withdrawn Tiger Woods.
Phil Mickelson continues to struggle, and described his putting performance as pathetic;
“It’s very frustrating for me right now, I felt really ready to start the year and these first few weeks have been very poor.”
“I feel like I’m hitting the ball tee to green quite well, really well, but my putting is beyond pathetic and if I can’t get back to the levels of 2013, I’m not sure what I’m going to do, because this is very frustrating.”
”It was one of the worst putting performances, and the first few weeks really have been the same way, and you simply can’t compete at this level putting like that.”
Justin Rose, Luke Donald, Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth all joined the queue to go home early.
Dustin, playing for the first time since a six-month break to get professional help for “personal challenges,” should have used the time to sharpen up his game;
“The last two days, I think normally I probably would be at least five or six under right now instead of even par, but I’m happy with where it’s at. Just a little rusty, that’s all.”