SAN DIEGO – Patrick Reed birdied his first three holes and completed with a bogey-free 8-under 64 on Thursday for a share of the lead with Alex Noren after the primary spherical of the Farmers Insurance coverage Open.
Reed, Noren and Scottie Scheffler — who was one stroke again — all performed Torrey Pines’ simpler North Course and can play the South Course on what may very well be a moist Friday. Heavy rain was forecast for in a single day and into the second spherical on the municipal course overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Peter Malnati and Ryan Palmer every shot 66 for the bottom scores on the South Course and have been in a bunch of 12 at 6 underneath. Malnati capped his spherical with an eagle on the par-5 18th. After a 321-yard tee shot, he hit his method to 16 ft and made the putt.
Reed took benefit of good climate and correct tee pictures to get off to the recent begin. Beginning on No. 10, he birdied the primary three holes earlier than making his first par. He closed with a flourish as properly, with birdies on his fifteenth, sixteenth and seventeenth holes.
“I put myself in place at this time the place I needed to exit figuring out that we’re going to get fairly good circumstances, exit and attempt to make as many birdies as doable to have the ability to type of climate the storm tomorrow,” Reed mentioned. “I used to be capable of type of get off to a scorching begin and simply type of trip momentum happening by way of the remainder of the spherical and proceed attacking that golf course since that’s the one you’re capable of assault.
“I used to be hitting the ball off the tee. You need to play from the golf green, shoot a low quantity and assault the course. Particularly with what’s coming tomorrow.”
Reed mentioned the closest he got here to a bogey was on the par-4 fourth. He had a 35-foot putt for birdie and rolled it 3 ft to the fitting however saved par.
“That was the closest to a bogey, having an opportunity for a 3 putt, however in addition to that, every thing else was fairly simple,” he mentioned. “Positively it felt simple on the market simply type of with how I used to be hitting the driving force, getting the ball within the fairway. I used to be working it each methods, which was good. It’s not like I had just one approach to go. I used to be capable of hit the attracts, hit the fades.”
Noren additionally began on No. 10. He eagled the par-7 seventeenth and adopted it together with his solely bogey. He birdied each different gap on his again 9.
Sheffler, who additionally performed bogey-free, eagled the par-4 sixteenth.
Noren, from Sweden, additionally took benefit of good climate to get a low rating on the North Course.
“Yeah, I’m hoping that we’re going to not get too flooded throughout the night time,” he mentioned. “However I performed the South Course two rounds this week and I understand how lengthy it’s now, particularly once they lengthened some tee packing containers, put them again. It’s a take a look at. You positively want some good ball hanging there, particularly in windy circumstances. It’s good to get some birdies on the North, yeah.”
Defending champion Marc Leishman struggled by way of a 1-under 71 on the South Course, together with a triple-bogey 7 on No. 4.
Rory McIlroy shot a 68 on the South Course and was in a bunch of 11 at 4 underneath. He’s taking part in the Farmers for the third straight 12 months and is hoping to file away some psychological notes for the U.S. Open in June, which will likely be performed at Torrey Pines for simply the second time.
McIlroy birdied had 4 birdies on the entrance 9 however didn’t get his fifth and last birdie till No. 17.
“I did properly. I acquired off to an awesome begin, 4-under by way of 9,” he mentioned. “A bit dissatisfied I didn’t decide up a pair extra on the way in which in, particularly with the 2 par 5s, not choosing up any pictures there. Yeah, I believe anytime you shoot 68 on the South Course right here you’ve acquired to be fairly glad.”
DIVOTS: Kamaiu Johnson, a sponsor exemption from the Advocates Professional Golf Affiliation, withdrew earlier this week from what would have been his PGA Tour debut after testing optimistic for COVID-19. He was changed by fellow APGA participant Willie Mack III, who shot a 2-over 74 on the South Course. The APGA was established in 2010 as a non-profit group with the mission to convey better variety to golf. … Richy Werenski aced the par-3 third on the South Course throughout his spherical of 3-under 69. … Two-time Farmers winner Jason Day was at even par on the activate the South Course, however had a double bogey on the par-4 tenth and completed with a 4-over 76.
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