Harris English Takes Lead at Torrey Pines

Only three players have managed to score in the 60s on each of the first two days of the Farmers Insurance Open, which is why Harris English (68-66 – 134) has the lead after 36 holes.

English fired a 66 on Friday to drop to 10-under par, rising from 11th to first on the leaderboard in the process. The 25-year-old played a bogey-free round and shot identical 33s on the front and back nine.

He’ll take a 2-stroke lead over Nick Watney, Jhonattan Vegas, and Martin Laird into Saturday. Watney tied for the low scoreo of the day with his 7-under 65.

Day One leader Nicholas Thompson struggled to a 1-over 73 to drop back to fifth at 7-under. Thompson did not have a terrible day, recording 15 pars, he just couldn’t do much else.

Two very familiar names, Jason Day and Jimmy Walker, crept up the leaderboard into a 10-way tie for sixth at 6-under. Day shot a 65 of his own, and Walker a 66.

The cut came down at 1-under, leaving notables including Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, and Phil Mickelson on the wrong side of the field. Johnson, in his first action since last July, shot a 2-under 70 but it wasn’t enough to overcome his Day One 74; ditto Rose.

Mickelson started well with a birdie on No. 2 and ended well, with two more on 16 and 17, but he was 3-over the rest of the way en route to a even-par 72 to finish 2-over.

 

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