San Diego, CA – After the first day of play at Farmers Insurance Open 2016 we have two leaders who both shot six under par. Scott Brown 66 was on the tougher South Course Torrey Pines where the final day will be held. While no small feat Andrew Loupe 66 played the North Course Torrey Pines along with five other golfers who are all tied for third just one shot off lead. Harold Varner III shot 67 having great day on the links, and he went to East Carolina University.
The field will all sort itself out after today when the whole field will have played both course at Torrey Pines here at the Farmers Insurance Open. The San Diego native Phil Mickelson shot 69 on the South which has him tied for 15th with 19 other golfers and his playing partner Jimmy Walker. 2015 Farmers Insurance Open Champion Jason Day almost didn’t make it first tee after missing pro-am Wednesday due to bad flu like cold. Just as Champ does you get right up and defend your crown, Jason was able to finish with even par 72.
Varner today had an eagle with 3 birdies spoke about first day, “Yeah, the eagle was pretty good. So just playing solid. Just didn’t play well last week, so this course sets up pretty well for me.” He will be able to test game tee off Friday at 9:50 on South Course. This young player will have chance to play late on Saturday if had another good round.
The leader Loupe had booked eagles for the round, ” Quite the day. That doesn’t happen very often. Fortunately, I was just able to hit the fairway on both those par-5s..” He’s iron play was solid playing on the shorter North hitting 15/18, 83% of greens in regulation. While Co-leader Brown gutted out way through the course 13/18, 72% greens.
This field of golfers were able to make good mark on Torrey Pines courses having 12 players below 70 on South, compared to 21 players on the North. The Farmers Insurance Open is looking for more great golf on Friday.