Four Canadians Make Cut In San Diego, Led By BC's Adam Svensson Justin Rose Leads By 3
Surrey, BC's Adam Svensson Is The Low Canadian After Two Rounds Of The Farmers Insurance Open At Torrey Pines - File Image
By Alfie Lau
On another Chamber of Commerce day in San Diego, with temperatures hot, no wind and a soft golf course, Justin Rose tied the 36-hole record at the Farmers Insurance Open with a two-round score of -15.
Rose ties the score of the immortal Lennie Clements in 1996 and Tom Lehman in 2005, with just 129 strokes, after a second-round (-6) 66 on the supposedly tougher South Course at Torrey Pines. Rose leads Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama by three strokes heading into the weekend and is 11 strokes clear of the Number 1 attraction here in San Diego, Tiger Woods.
Woods shot a pedestrian (-2) round of 70 on the North Course to match his Thursday South Course score and sits at (-4). His playing partners, Xander Schauffele and Tony Finau, also couldn’t get a low round going during perfect scoring conditions, finishing at (-5) and (-6) respectively.
Woods made four birdies, but it was his double bogey on the 18th, his ninth hole of the day, that killed any momentum he had. After a perfect drive down the right side of the fairway, Woods dumped his approach into a greenside bunker left of the hole.
While taking an awkward stance half in and half out of the sand, he could only advance it to the fringe before a mediocre chip left him a 15 foot bogey putt lipped out on the left edge. Sitting at T48, Woods will play the weekend, but he won’t be winning his eighth Farmers Insurance title.
It was a much happier story for four of the five Canadians teeing it up at Torrey Pines this week.
Surrey’s Adam Svensson shot a five-birdie round of 67 on the South Course and now sits at (-7), T18 and eight strokes behind Rose.
Two strokes back, at T37 and (-5) are Ontario’s Ben Silverman and Abbotsford’s Nick Taylor. Taylor, who started on the back 9 of the North Course, had three birdies there before two bogeys on his 12th and 15th holes had him perilously close to missing the cut. But birdies on his final three holes saw Taylor make the weekend easily.
One stroke back, at (-4) is Ontario’s Mackenzie Hughes, who is making his 2019 debut after taking an extended holiday break to spend time with his family.
Missing the cut is Merritt’s Roger Sloan, who couldn’t get any momentum going on the South Course, carding two birdies and three bogeys for a (+1) round of 73 to finish at (-1) for the tournament and two strokes short of the weekend.
With Friday’s cutdown to 77 players at -3 or better, we lose some of the more interesting stories from the early part of the week.
Jim “Bones” Mackay, the longtime caddy for Phil Mickelson who now works for NBC and Golf Channel, came back to work for Jimmy Walker this week, but that duo finished a ghastly T154 out of 156 golfers at Torrey Pines.
Harold Varner III, who found himself in a practice round with Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth on Tuesday, is packing his bags for Phoenix while his playing partners continue on in San Diego.
Last week’s Cinderella winner, Adam Long, acquitted himself well after having to deal with more media obligations in five days than he has had to his whole career, but like Varner, missed the cut by one stroke.
The four Monday qualifiers, all Cinderellas themselves, all missed the cut, with Bruce Doucett and David Pastore, both at (+2) the closest to making it, while Joey Garber (+4) and Brian Davis (+5) can at least say they bested the duo of Bones and Walker.
This tournament, which has a solid history of giving promising college players sponsor exemptions early in their careers, hit a solid home run with 2017 Pacific Coast Amateur champion Doug Ghim. Ghim, who won at Chambers Bay two years ago, couldn’t follow up his opening round 63, but a (+1) round of 73 on the South Course has him at (-8) and just strokes behind Rose (and four strokes ahead of Woods).
Viktor Hovland, the 2018 U.S. Amateur champion at Chambers Bay, was the lone amateur in the field and missed the cut with a final score of (+1) 145.
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