Tony Finau leads, Tiger Woods shoots 72
Tony Finau leads the opening round at Farmers Insurance Open with his round of 7-under 65 on the North Course with nine birdies and two bogeys in his round, starting his round with a birdie on the 10th hole.
Finau surely loves the Torrey Pines as he has finished under Top-25 in all three of his previous Farmers Insurance Open starts.
“I got off to a great start and just kind of was able to ride that momentum,” he said.
“The North, the way they set it up, it’s a lot firmer and the greens are a lot faster than the South. I think some of the scores reflected that not nearly as low as in the past and just for that reason, the greens are a lot tougher and a lot faster.”
He says he likes the South Course better and he will be playing at it today and that might be a threat to other contenders.
“I look forward to playing the South, a golf course where I can use my length to my advantage so hopefully I keep hitting it well off the tee. I know I can score on that golf course.”
The record has it that the last time a first-round leader won at the Farmers Insurance Open was in 1987 and made possible by George Burns.
All the better scores came from the South Course as his nearest rivals from the North Course, Peter Uihlein, Tom Lovelady, Rory Sabbatini, Sangmoon Bae, and Grayson Murray, were three shots far from him at 4-under 68 for a T-4th position on the board.
North Course played 71.308 and South Course played 71.615 as their respective stroke average, making the North Course just a bit friendlier.
Following the leader by a shot for T-2nd position on the board are Ted Potter Jr. and Ryan Palmer both posting 6-under 66 for the day.
Tiger Woods 2018 start
Tiger Woods started his first professional golf tournament of 2018 season at the Torrey Pines, his favorite course where he won four successive titles at the Farmers Insurance Open from 2005-2008, out of his eight titles there.
Woods playing at the South Course posted 72 for a T-84th finish, his round consisted three birdies and the same number of bogeys. Tiger is joined by Hideki Matsuyama, Kevin Tway, Rickie Fowler, Cameron Tringale, Aaron Baddeley, Corey Conners, Tom Hoge, Lucas Glover, and Brandt Snedeker to name a few.
Anirban Lahiri, the Indian hope at the event shared the top spot for a while when he was at 2-under par on his fourth hole of the day. Lahiri finished his first round for a T-63rd at 1-under 71 with five birdies and four bogeys in his round showing a great zeal to perform in his first event of 2018 season.
He is joined by Camilo Villegas, Chesson Hadley, Bud Cauley, Troy Merritt, Adam Hadwin, Aaron Wise, Sam Ryder, Beau Hossler, Talor Gooch, and Marc Leishman.