Friday, January 27, 2017

Justin Rose retains lead as Tiger, Day and Dustin Johnson miss cut at Torrey Pines

Justin Rose moved to the South Course for his second round in the US PGA Tour's Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, San Diego in Califoria - but no problem.
OK, overall tougher conditions Friday and playing the tougher course meant another 65 was never going to happen, but a 71, thanks to a closing birdie, means his one-shot cushion remains intact.
Rose hasn’t won on the US Tour since the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in April 2015. He’s playing extremely well so far in 2017 now that he appears healthy following a difficult year with a back injury. A T-2 at the Sony Open two weeks ago and now the 36-hole lead at the Farmers Insurance Open. Life is good.
He had birdies at the fifth, 10th and 18th, offset by bogeys at the 14th and 15th, in halves of 35 and 36.

CHASING: Canada must be loving this! Adam Hadwin, six days after shooting a 59, remains hot. He opened with a 66 at Torrey Pinaes and posted a 71 Friday, but he actually did so at the North Course.
Hadwin is searching for his first US Tour victory. Brandt Snedeker is also one back at 7 under, so he’s in prime position to defend his Farmers Insurance Open title. He’s a two-time winner here.
Ollie Schniederjans and Keegan Bradley are tied for fourth at 6 under, and there’s a pack of players, including Kevin Streelman and Brian Harman, at 5 under.
SHOT OF THE DAY: Will MacKenzie probably won’t remember this day positively overall, but he had one shining moment. MacKenzie played his final six holes in 5 over to finish at 1 over total and miss the cut by a shot. Ouch! But early in the day, he did get as high as 5 under. That was punctuated by an eagle 3 at Torrey South’s par-5 sixth. An unforgettable moment in a miserable day.

QUOTABLE: “Just like anybody, I’m trying to get ready for that first full week in April. That’s where I eventually want to have everything come together.” – Tiger Woods, chatting after shooting 76-72 to miss the cut in his first US  Tour start in 17 months
CHIP SHOTS: The big-name group of Woods, Jason Day and Dustin Johnson all missed the cut which fell at even par 144.Woods finished 4 over, whereas World No. 1 Jason Day posted 3 over and reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year Johnson came in at 2 over.  Two more big names missed the cut: Rickie Fowler (3 over) and Brooks Koepka (1 over). Bad week for the marquee guys.
On the other end, it’s nice to see Hunter Mahan playing well again. The American has been in a brutal slump, missing 12 of his last 13 US PGA Tour cuts and dropping to 451st in the world, but a 71-70 start here has him 3 under and T-21 heading into the weekend.

par 144 (2x72) players from USA unless stated
136 J Rose (Eng) 65 71
137 A Hadwin (Canada) 66 71, B Snedeker 68 69
138 O Schniederjans 69 69, K Bradley 69 69
139 R Streb 68 71, B Harman 68 71, Z Blair 70 69, K Streelman 69 70, C T Pan (China) 70 69.

142 Martin Laird (Sco) 70 72, P Casey (Eng) 69 73 (T35)
143 P Mickelson 71 72 (T48)
144 S Lowry (Ire) 71 73 (T67)

MISSED THE CUT (144 and better qualified)
146 D Johnson 72 74, S Power (Ire) 74 72
147 J Day 73 74, A Johnston (Eng) 72 74
148 T Woods 76 72, P Harrington (Ire) 74 74





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