Crouching Tiger Woods studies for a putt on the 18th green at Torrey Pines South Course. Photo by Chris Stone

Ryan Palmer has a one-shot lead over defending champion Jon Rahm after the second day of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

Palmer finished eagle-birdie Friday on the north course at Torrey Pines Golf Course with a 5-under-par 67. Rahm birdied two of his last three holes for a 66.

Rahm, 23-year-old Spaniard, is poised to become the world’s number one golfer if he wins again, and expressed confidence after Friday’s round.

“You know, it’s really fun to be the last person that won here and be playing good again and have a chance to go back to back,” he said. “It’s a great feeling, especially in
the city of San Diego where I’ve got a lot of friends.”

Tiger Woods made the cut with a birdie on his final hole, shooting 71. He will play on the weekend at a PGA Tour event for the first time in more than two years.

“It was a grind, I fought hard,” said Woods afterward. “Typical, you know, just me going out there and fighting for whatever I can get. It’s all good.”

Jason Day had a 64 and was four shots behind. San Diego-native Phil Mickelson finished with a birdie for a 68 but was five shots behind.

“I just love playing here,”said Mickelson, who lives in Rancho Santa Fe. “It means a lot to me to see this tournament succeed and it is, it’s really thriving and it’s fun to be a part of it and fun to be here on the weekend.”

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