Farmers Insurance Open: Harris English leads

Harris English leads after 36 holes at the Farmers Insurance Open

Harris English leads after day 2 of the Farmers Insurance Open
Harris English leads after day 2 of the Farmers Insurance Open
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Harris English carded a bogey-free 66 over Torrey Pines’ North Course to lead the Farmers Insurance Open by two shots from Nick Watney, Jhonattan Vegas and Martin Laird.

Harris English carded a bogey-free 66 over Torrey Pines’ North Course to lead the Farmers Insurance Open by two shots from Nick Watney, Jhonattan Vegas and Martin Laird.

English played a supremely solid round to finish 36 holes at the head of the pack. He made three birdies on the par-5s on Friday, and another three birdies saw him post a six-under-par 66 to add to the 68 he carded over the South Course on day 1.

English is enjoying a return to form after a difficult 2014.

“When you start struggling, it's easy to try to find stuff that's wrong with your game, wrong with your swing," he said. "I definitely was more swing-oriented than playing golf. That's not me. That's not how I grew up playing the game. You're standing over shots thinking about swing positions instead of trying to see your ball flight and trying to play golf. That's what I was doing the latter half of the year, it was really frustrating."

Scotland’s Martin Laird shares second place. He posted a second straight 68 to go into the weekend two shots behind on eight-under-par.

Following Tiger Woods withdrawal on Thursday, Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose will also be missing over the weekend. All three missed the cut. For Mickelson, it’s the first time since 2002 that he has missed consecutive cuts on the PGA Tour. The five-time Major champion blamed his poor scoring on troubles with the flat-stick.

“My putting was beyond pathetic,” he said. “If I can’t get back to the levels of 2013, I’m not sure what I’m going to do.”

Overnight leader Nicholas Thompson struggled over the more difficult South Course. He carded a 73 to fall back into fifth place.

England’s Ian Poulter fired a 71 on the South Course to sit in sixth place, tied with nine others.

Farmers Insurance Open – Day 2 Scores Torrey Pines GC (South), San Diego, California Feb 5-8, purse: $6,300,000, par: 72

1    Harris English (USA)        68    66    134 T2    Nick Watney (USA)        71    65    136 T2    Jhonattan Vegas (Ven)        67    69    136 T2    Martin Laird (Sco)        68    68    136 5    Nicholas Thompson (USA)    64    73    137     T6    Chad Campbell (USA)        67    71    138 T6    Spencer Levin (USA)        68    70    138 T6    Marc Leishman (Aus)        72    66    138     T6    Michael Thompson (USA)    65    73    138 T6    Jason Day (Aus)            73    65    138 T6    Ian Poulter (Eng)            67    71    138 T6    Jimmy Walker (USA)        72    66    138 T6    Daniel Berger (USA)        70    68    138 T6    Lucas Glover (USA)        70    68    138 T6    Andres Gonzalez (USA)        69    69    138

Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage

Fergus Bisset
Contributing Editor

Fergus is a golf obsessive and 1-handicapper. Growing up in the North East of Scotland, golf runs through his veins and his passion for the sport was bolstered during his time at St Andrews university studying history. He went on to earn a post graduate diploma from the London School of Journalism. Fergus has worked for Golf Monthly since 2004 and has written two books on the game; "Great Golf Debates" together with Jezz Ellwood of Golf Monthly and "The Ultimate Golf Book" together with Neil Tappin (also of Golf Monthly)... Fergus once shanked a ball from just over Granny Clark's Wynd on the 18th of the Old Course that struck the St Andrews Golf Club and rebounded into the Valley of Sin, from where he saved par. Who says there's no golfing god?