There were certainly some low scores to be had despite the rain during the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open. Tiger Woods joined Erik Compton and Rickie Fowler in carding the low score of the day, a seven under par 65. Tiger’s round moved him into first place at 11 under par, two shots ahead of Billy Horschel. It just goes to show that you never know who you’ll see that the top of a PGA Tour leaderboard.
Horschel, a pro since 2009 with four career top 10 finishes in 51 events, tied for the low round of the day on the South Course on Thursday at six under par. Had he been able to capitalize and post a better number on the North Course today, he very well could have taken the lead into the clubhouse. Even still, he has to be happy with his current position. We will see whether the pressure gets to be too much for him over the weekend.
Fowler responded nicely today, taking advantage of the markedly easier North Course. It was going to take an impressive performance just to make the cut after his disastrous opening round 77, and he put on just such a performance. He moved himself from second to last after the first round to tied for 53rd at two under par heading into Saturday.
Woods capitalized on the fact that he put together a solid opening round on the difficult South Course. Although it was clear that the dreary, rainy conditions slowed the greens down quite a bit, Tiger had himself in birdie position most of the day and looked in control of the North Course for the duration of the day on Friday.
Now that everyone has played both the North and South Courses, the weekend will be played entirely on the South Course, evening the playing field. I will be anxious to what the conditions will be like to start the day on Saturday and what impact it will have on the scoring.
Tiger ended the day closer to the rest of the field than I anticipated, and that has to give them some confidence heading into the weekend. Those that managed better than average scores on the South Course during the first two days may very well have a decided advantage over the weekend. Only time will tell.