It’s been a long day, not a lot of time to write this evening. That said, I did want to comment on a few things. For the extended recap of Friday’s action at the Farmers Insurance Open, click HERE.
Because of a mixture of low scoring and so many players tied for 78th place, there will be a second cut implemented on Saturday. This happens several times each season, and this just happens to be one of those instances this week. For a better understanding of the secondary cut that was implemented back in 2008, read more about it HERE.
For the current standings on the leaderboard heading into Saturday at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, click HERE.
Friday’s Notable Quotes
“Well, I just kept telling myself I was playing well and just keep doing what I’m doing. I’ve played too much good golf so far this week to let one hole get in the way. I feel like I’ve got a pretty good game plan for this golf course and just had to focus on executing that.” – Kyle Stanley, explaining how he overcame a double bogey on his 5th hole of the round to finish at 4-under 68 on the day. Stanley leads the tournament heading into the weekend at 14-under par.
“I’m certainly surprised that I played this well this fast. Normally it takes me a while to get the rust off. But my practice at home was really, really well. I was kind of shocked at how quick I picked it back up. It normally takes me a long time to get the rust off. And I picked it up really, really fast this time for some reason. I was actually chomping at the bit to get out here because I knew I was playing well. But you never really know until you get back out here and get under conditions. But I was actually pretty right on. I’m playing really, really well, and hopefully that can happen through the weekend.” – Brandt Snedeker, sharing his thoughts about the state of his golf game after spending the off-season recovering from hip surgery near the end of last season. Snedeker finished 8th last week at the Humana Challenge, his first official start of the season, and his 8-under 64 on Friday at the North Course has him 1 shot back of the lead going into the third round.
“My practice sessions the last month or so have been better than they’ve ever been. I’m having trouble bringing it from the practice session onto the golf course. I’m not sure exactly why that is. But the good news is that there’s not an area of my game that I feel bad. In fact, on the greens I feel better than I have in years and I’m making more putts than I’ve made in a long time, but the scores aren’t reflecting that because I’m putting the ball in the wrong spot and missing in the wrong spot. I’ll have to work on that here this weekend. But it’s– I just have to carry the focus and be able to focus on the golf course a little better.” – Phil Mickelson, after missing the cut this week at the Farmer’s Insurance Open. After calling his opening round of 5-over 77 on Thursday “pathetic”, Mickelson would rebound on Friday with more of a Mickelson-esque performance of 4-under 68. Unfortunately, the 9-shot turnaround would still fall 3 strokes shy of the weekend cutline. Mickelson’s last missed cut came last summer at the Greenbrier Classic.
Notable Friday Evening Trunk Slammers
Ben Crane, Robert Garrigus, and John Mallinger all had solid weeks last week at the Humana Challenge, with Garrigus finishing T2 with Mallinger and Crane finishing T8. But all three players’ games no-showed this week at the Farmers, and none of them are playing the weekend.
This was the first tournament back for J.B. Holmes since his brain surgery last summer, but it wasn’t the return he had in mind. Holmes shot +4 on Thursday and 3-under on Friday, missing the cut by 3 shots.
Anthony Kim missed 11 cuts in 2011 and is well on his way to topping that in 2012. AK missed the cut last weekend at the Humana, and did so again this week at the Farmers. AK is MIA….
Matt Every’s first tournament back since his T6 finish at the Sony Open wasn’t anything to write home about. Every posted 74 on Thursday, and fared worse on Friday with a 78.