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.