San Diego, CA – The beloved Torrey Pines on day 1 has the top 5 players on the leaderboard from the North Course. Jon Rahm finished his round with a score of (-10 under par) to hold a slim one shot lead over Justin Rose and Doug Ghim (-9 under par).
The crowd favorite Tiger Woods started out on the South Course which today played about three strokes harder than the North Course. Wood finished with a workingman’s 70 (-2 under par) for his first round on the 2019 season.
“I felt like I drove the pretty good today even though I missed a few fairways, but they were controllable,” said Woods, “It will be a lot easier. I’ve got a competitive round under my belt.”
The defending champion from 2018 Jason Day came back to defend his title. Day finished with (-5 under par) on the North Course.
“Shooting 5 under out there was pretty good, but getting beat by a guy who shot 10 under, it’s amazing to watch,” said Day, “So the course wasn’t playing as long as it could have been, but once again, the greens are relatively new, so they’re firm.”
Ram will look to play aggressive Friday on the tougher South Course, and he no stranger just two years ago in 2017 he won the Farmers Open.
“Starting with an eagle, obviously it’s a huge thing,” Said Ram, “The biggest thing is going to be the weather and how much wind you get because those fairways are so narrow.”
Brandon Hagy led the golfers on the South Course with (-6 under par) to be tied for sixth place with nine other golfers after the first round.
The players will all swap courses and hope the weather stays nice like it was today to allow for another great day of scores.
The local hometown favorite Xander Schauffele shot (-3 under par) playing in a group with Tiger. Schauffele heard the chats of ‘Go Aztec’ thought out his round, being a San Diego State Alum.
“It’s fine, it’s Torrey South, you’re not going to hit many fairways in general,” said Schauffele, “Just need to keep playing how I’m playing and we’ll see where the cards fall.”
Friday’s rounds will tee off at 9am on both course, from 1st and 10th tee.