San Diego, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Jordan Spieth fired a nine-under-par 63 in the second round Friday to take a one-stroke lead in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.
Spieth, who shot 71 in the opening round, had nine birdies in a bogey-free round at the par-72, 7,052-yard course to vault himself from 46th place to the top of the standings, one shot ahead of first-round leader Stewart Cink.
Cink, who fired an opening-round 64, shot a one-under-par 71 to slip to second place. He bogeyed the 14th and 17th hole to drop into a share of second place with Nicolas Colsaerts but recovered with a birdie in the final hole to trail Spieth by one.
After an opening-round 69, Colsaerts also shot a bogey-free, five-under-par 67 to move himself from 14th place to third place, two strokes behind Spieth.
Tied for fourth were Billy Horschel and Marc Leishman while five players shared sixth place, including Morgan Hoffmann, Gary Woodland, Russell Knox, Pat Perez and Erik Compton.
Just like the first round, defending champion Tiger Woods failed to birdie any of the par-5 holes, dooming his chances of defending the title.
Woods fired a one-under-par 71 with two birdies and a bogey to finish nine strokes behind Spieth
“I was a yard off, a foot off all day,” Woods said. “It was one of those frustrating rounds where the ball is in the fairway and running into the rough. Had to be aggressive going at some of these flags and consequently my score reflected that.”
Despite the odds, Woods didn’t count himself out for an eighth victory in this event. He recalled his 1999 victory when he shot 62-65 on the weekend to make up a big deficit and win.