San Diego, CA -After 36 holes of golf at Torrey Pines you can start to see who’s in the running to be in final groups on Sunday.
Justin Rose went to the South Course and held his own taking the No 1 spot at (-15 under par) with 7 birdies and three stroke lead.
“Anytime you equal that (66), you know you’ve gone out there and you’ve put a good round together,” said Rose, “Obviously you never quite know what to expect on the South course.”
After landing in the bunker on the 4 hole, he honed in to hit three birdies in a row. These seemed to kick start the round.
Hideki Matsuyama is in second at (-12 under par) after two consecutive rounds of 66 on North and South course. The par 5 hole 6 Matsuyama dropped an Eagle too gain two strokes to go with his five birdies.
“The eagle at 6, hit a great drive down the right side, I think about a 4-iron in just short of the green, chipped it up and knocked it in for an eagle there,” said Matsuyama, “Two chip-ins really helped out today, but I hit the ball well.”
The South course was not that kind to few others golfers on day two, after two days the South played 2 strokes tougher.
Day one leader Jon Rahm dropped too tie in third still at (-10 under par) shooting even par on the South course.
Ryan Palmer moved up the leaderboard to be tied for third (-10 under par) with seven birdies on the North course to move in striking distance for the weekend.
“Wind’s allowed the golf course to be gettable, and softer greens, too,” said Palmer, “Just the way the game is now for me, these type of golf courses I look forward to the most and it takes a driver of the golf ball to play these courses well. So far I’ve been doing a good job.”
The cut line for the Farmers Open this year was -3 under par after 36 holes, which left 77 golfers for the weekend.
Notable players making the cut was Tiger Woods (-4 under par), and 6 past champions left in the field.
“Just right now they’re just not going in. It’s one thing to be searching for it, but at least I’m hitting good putts,” said Woods, “I’m going to have to play a very special weekend to have a chance, I’m pretty far back, and the South course, it’s tough.”
Saturday tee times will start at 7:40 am on the South Course.