Farmers Insurance Open. Tony Finau Leads.

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Tony Finau leads the Farmers Insurance Open after his 1st round on the  North Course at Torrey Pines, in San Diego.

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Tony is looking forward to taking on the South Course tomorrow after carding -7 under par 65 on the North today to take a one shot lead;

“I look forward to playing the South, a golf course where I can use my length to my advantage so hopefully I keep hitting it well off the tee.”

“I know I can score on that golf course. You’ve got to keep it in the fairway on both courses and I’m happy I did that today.”

Two players are tied in second place at -4 under par after their opening rounds of -6 under 66, Ted Potter Jnr and Ryan Palmer, they both played the South Course today.

Most of the days news surrounded Tiger Woods, on another come-back, he shot even par 72 on the South Course;

“I was probably a little bit rusty.”

“I want to start feeling what it feels like to be out here and hit shots and grind out scores.”

“I need to clean up my iron game for tomorrow and give myself a lot more looks at it.”

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Farmers Insurance Open. Jon Rahm Eagles The Last To Win.

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Jon Rahm, from Spain,  Eagles the last hole to win the Farmers Insurance Open, at Torrey Pines, in California, his first PGA Tour victory

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Jon holed a 60ft putt on the last hole, for Eagle on the par five 18th, to win the Farmers Insurance Open, with  -7 under par final round 65, and a total of -13 under par;

“I really can’t explain what went through my mind. I saw the replay of my reaction and I just don’t even remember doing what I did.”

“I never thought it was going to be for eagle from 60 feet, especially at Torrey Pines, but the fact that it went in is just incredible.”

 “The emotion just overwhelmed me. But man, that was a satisfying feeling.”

“Once I got to 17 and I hit that fairway, I didn’t tell anybody but my mindset was we’re one shot behind, we’re one shot behind.”

“I didn’t know, but I’m like I’m one shot behind, I need to make birdie.”

Jon  became only the fourth international player to win this tournament, Jason Day, Australia two years ago, Gary Player, South Africa in 1963, and Jose Maria Olazabal, Spain, in 2002.

Charles Howell 111, -4 under 68 today, and C.T. Pan, -2 under 70, finished tied in second place at -10 under par.

Defending champion and overnight co-leader Brandt Snedeker struggled to get going in the final round, carding +1 over 73, to be T9 at -8 under par, the putts would not drop;

“I didn’t play very well. To be honest with you, I didn’t hit it very good.”

“I did a great job of hanging in there all day and trying to give myself chances.”

“But for whatever reason the putts just didn’t want to go. I think I had four lip outs yesterday and at least three today. That’s just the way it goes.”

“I battled hard, but you’re going to find if you want to be great at this game or really, really good at this game, you’ll find ways to get through adversity and I didn’t do a good job of that today.”

“I have a week off, I’ll hit the drawing board, fix what went wrong today. Get ready for Pebble, another place I love a lot.

“I’m disappointed. This is a tournament I know how to win, done it before, so kind of upset with myself that I kind of let the opportunity pass by.”

Farmers Insurance Open. Two Tied At The Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Farmers Insurance Open after 54 holes at Torrey Pines, Patrick Rogers and Brandt Snedeker hold a one shot lead after their rounds on the South Course.

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Patrick carded a third round at the Farmers Insurance Open of -5 under par 67, to share the lead at -9 under par, using a new putter;

“It’s a good time to change putters and it’s nice to see a few go in, but I’ll have to be patient tomorrow and just trust in it.”

“I think it looks great and hopefully it’s going to help me make a few more putts.”

Brandt could only manage -2 under 70 today, to be at -9 under, but likes his odds on winning, he is in a better position now than the two wins he has recorded here;

“I definitely like my odds better than the last two times I won at this place, that’s for sure.”

“So I’m in the right frame of mind, exactly where I kind of want to be in the last group here.”

“This is obviously a tough golf course. There’s a lot of guys within a couple shots of the lead so it doesn’t really mean a whole lot, but this place for whatever reason seems to bring out my best and I am excited about the challenge tomorrow.”

Tony Finau, -5 under 67 and Cheng Tsung Pan, from Taipei, -3 under 69 share third place, one shot back at -8 under par for the competition.

Tony likes the idea that it could rain, it could help big hitters like himself;

“I think when you hit it with some length, it’s a golf course that you can take advantage of, for sure.”

“But so many components go into winning a golf tournament. I’ll enjoy this round tonight and look forward to tomorrow.”

“I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but I like the way I’m playing and look forward to tomorrow.”

Tomorrow will be exciting, there are 21 players within four shots of the leaders.

Farmers Insurance Open. Justin Rose Tops The Leaderboard, As Tiger Misses Cut.

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Justin Rose tops the 36 hole Farmers Insurance Open leaderboard at Torrey Pines in California, while Tiger Woods misses the cut, on his return to Tournament golf.

Justin Rose made one last birdie to end the day at 8-under through 36 holes to secure the lead at Torrey Pines. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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Justin shot a second round -1 under par 71 on the South Course to stay on top of the Farmers Insurance Open by one shot at -8 under par, putting was a problem;

“I was going along really nicely today. I think I hit my first ten greens in regulation, I was playing lovely.”

“Things were going really well. Felt like I was in control.”

“But this golf course gets tough as you turn back into the breeze there on 14, 15, 16, it felt like, and this is probably just more just my perspective than anything, but it felt like as we turned into the wind the greens got bumpy, too.”

“So it felt like coming in it was even hard to see pars coming in.”

“Everyone’s played both courses now and now we get to play the bruiser for the next two days. So you just want to basically put yourself within a shot.”

“I actually think the cut mark is incredibly low for two days around here. Pretty much everyone who’s made the cut is still in the golf tournament.”

“It’s a golf course you’ve got to stay patient on. You’ve just got to hit good golf shots. You can’t really fake it around here so it’s just about continuing to play well.”

Adam Hadwin is still hanging on to Justin’s coattails, -1 under 71 on the North Course today giving him -7 under for the tournament. He shares second place with Brandt Snedeker -3 under 69 on the South today.

Brandt spoke about his strategy for the course;

 “There’s definitely a lot of strategy involved. Guys don’t think that there is. They think they should have to hit every fairway and that’s not the case.”

“So I did a great job today of missing it in the right spots to give myself a lot of good opportunities to save pars when I had to.”

“There’s birdie holes out there, you’ve just got to wait for them to come and not force it around here.”

A sad Tiger Woods was not the only big name casualty to make an early exit at the Farmers. He was joined by World #1 Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, the PGA TOUR player of the year, Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker.

Tiger spoke to the media after his miserable exit;

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“It’s frustrating not being able to have a chance to win the tournament.”

“I didn’t make the cut. Overall, today was better than yesterday. I hit it better. I putted well again. I hit a lot of beautiful putts that didn’t go in, but I hit it much better today, which was nice.”

“We fixed a few things while playing today, which was nice.”

Farmers Insurance Open. Justin Rose Leads.


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Justin Rose leads the Farmers Insurance Open after the first round at Torrey Pines in California.Justin Rose shot 65 on the North Course during Round 1 of the Farmers Insurance Open. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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Justin carded a first round -7 under par 65, on the North Course, to lead the Farmers Insurance Open, making some putts along the way, with two Eagles in his last three holes;

“It can be a tricky week here.”

“The South Course is really tough and if you don’t go low on the North Course you are going to feel like you’re behind.”

“But I’ve been making some putts and I drove the ball really well, especially on the par fives.”

Adam Hadwin, last weeks 59 man claimed second place with an opening round -6 under 66, on the South Course, and was happy with the result;

“I don’t want to say it was as good as a 59, but it was pretty darn good.”

Five players share third place at -5 under par, Gary Woodland, Charles Howell 111, Beau Hossler and Trey Mullinex all shot -5 under 67 on the North Course, while Brad Fritsch carded -5 under 67 on the South Course.

The much acclaimed return of Tiger Woods to the Tour, sadly unraveled as he carded +4 over par 76 on the South Course, and is now in danger of missing the cut here, which would be the first time in his career, not a milestone he was thinking of when he started out today. He blamed the slow play and cooler conditions than he was used to;

“We were playing so much slower today than I’m used to. ‘

 ‘It was weird waiting that much. I’m not used to doing that at home where I guess we’re kind of flying a little quicker than this. It was just a different rhythm.”

” It’s much cooler than what we have at home,  I’m just trying to get used to a little bit of this.”

“I fought my tail off out there, I fought hard. It was nice to put together a round when I wasn’t hitting it that great early.”

“I was in a good spot to really shoot a good round today.”

“I didn’t really have my best stuff early, but I got through there. And that’s one of the positives I’m going to take out of it.”


Farmers Open. Harris English Leads.

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Harris English leads the Farmers Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego at the mid-way point.

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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.”

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.