Englishman Justin Rose holds a one-stroke lead over Canadian Adam Hadwin and American Brandt Snedeker entering today’s third round of the $6.5 million Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course.
Rose held a one-stroke lead over Hadwin entering Friday’s second round and both shot 1-under-par 71s, Rose on the South Course and Hadwin on the North Course. The tournament’s final two rounds will be played on the South Course, which Rose called “one of my favorite golf courses on tour.”
History is not on Rose’s side. A non-U.S. player has only won three times. Since 2000, a 36-hole leader or co-leader has gone on to win four times.
Tiger Woods missed the cut, as did both of his playing partners, Australian Jason Day, the world’s top-ranked player, and American Dustin Johnson, the 2015-16 PGA Tour Player of the Year.
“I didn’t make enough birdies today,” Woods said Friday after shooting an even-par 72 on the North Course with two birdies and two bogeys, the first time Woods had a round of par or worse on the North Course.
“I hit it well enough and I hit a lot of beautiful putts that just didn’t go in.”
Woods shot 4-over-par 148 for his two rounds. The field was reduced to the low 70 plus ties with the cut at even-par 144. This was the first time Woods has failed to reach the weekend at Torrey Pines in the 16 times he has played there. He has won the tournament seven times, most recently in 2013.
“It’s frustrating not being able to have a chance to win the tournament,” Woods said.
The tournament was Woods’ first official PGA Tour event since the 2015 Wyndham Championship. The 41-year-old Woods had been sidelined because of a back injury.
— City News Service
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