Tue, 22 Sep 2020

Palmer (62) powers to Farmers Insurance Open lead

Field Level Media
25 Jan 2020, 12:05 GMT+10

Ryan Palmer recorded 11 birdies Friday before making his lone bogey of the day on the final hole, finishing with a 10-under-par 62 to hold a two-shot lead at the midpoint of the Farmers Insurance Open in La Jolla, Calif.

Palmer, following his impressive round at Torrey Pines' North Course, sits at 10-under 134 through two rounds. Brandt Snedeker, who recorded a 5-under 67 at Torrey Pines' South Course on Friday, is in second place at 8 under.

J.B. Holmes (3 under at the North Course on Friday), Venezuela's Jhonattan Vegas (4 under, South), Denmark's Sebastian Cappelen (1 under, North) and Matthew NeSmith (2 under, South) share third place at 7 under.

Beau Hossler (6 under, North), Zac Blair (6 under, North), Harry Higgs (4 under, South), Patrick Reed (3 under, South) and Keegan Bradley (even, South) are tied for seventh place at 6 under.

Tiger Woods overcame an opening double bogey to shoot a 1-under 71 on the South Course, leaving him at 4-under 140, tied for 17th. Woods has won the Torrey Pines event seven times.

Palmer had five stretches of back-to-back birdies plus one other birdie. His lone mistake was a bogey on the par-4 closing hole.

He also shot a 62 on the same course in 2006.

"The course has changed," he said. "Today was one of those days when I knew the scores were low over there. ... I knew I could get a nice round in there. The way I've been driving it and (how) my irons have been, if I could just get the putter rolling a little bit, and it did on that front side, and I just kind of kept going."

The 43-year-old Texas native, who has four career PGA Tour wins, is in good form. Palmer has finished among the top 17 in each of his past four official events, including a tie for fourth two weeks again at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

Palmer is gearing up for the two weekend rounds at the tougher South Course.

"The patience you are going to have to have on that golf course is going to play a key role. I've shot some good rounds on that golf course in some tough conditions, so I've got that going for me. The way I'm driving the ball right now gives me a lot of confidence for the weekend. ...

"I love where my game's at, and I'm excited for the opportunity."

Palmer paired with Spain's Jon Rahm to win the Zurich Classic of New Orleans team event last April, his tour win since he captured the 2010 Sony Open in Hawaii.

Rickie Fowler missed the cut by one shot, ending up at even par following a 3-under 69 on the North Course. Phil Mickelson, a three-time winner of his hometown event, also didn't advance to the weekend, winding up at 1 over.

--Field Level Media

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