Jordan Spieth takes the lead at Torrey Pines
Jordan Spieth again shows up some of golf’s best players
The Associated Press
SAN DIEGO — Jordan Spieth turned out to be the star attraction Friday playing with Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines.
Spieth again showed game well beyond his 20 years with a 9-under 63 on the North Course, giving him a one-shot lead over Stewart Cink at the Farmers Insurance Open. Cink drilled a 3-wood from 280 yards onto the green at the par-5 ninth on the tougher South Course for a two-putt birdie and a 71.
Woods rarely gets upstaged at Torrey Pines, where his eight professional victories include the 2008 U.S. Open.
But in his first competition in six weeks, Woods hardly looked the part as the defending champion. He did not make birdie on any of the par 5s for the second consecutive day, and a three-putt bogey on the par-5 ninth hole on the North gave him a 71. He was nine shots behind.
It was the first time Spieth has played with Woods in a tournament and the Texan felt and played as if it was any other round.
Then again, the first time he played with Phil Mickelson, Spieth closed with a 62 at the TPC Boston last year, a round that led Mickelson to call Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples and lobby for Spieth to be on the team.
In both cases, Spieth was more interested with the score than the audience.
“Any time you can shoot a lower score than a 66 or 65 and you can really get it deep and be in a zone and not worry about what your score is ... that’s special,” Spieth said. “That’s proving that I can play my best golf when it matters on a PGA Tour venue. Each time you can do that, you get more and more confident that you can do it more often.”
Spieth was at 10-under 134 and will be in the last group Saturday with Cink and Nicolas Colsaerts, who shot 67 on the South and was two shots behind.
Michael Putnam of University Place is tied for 30th after a 73 on South for a 2-under 142. Chris Williams, a former Husky, had a 72 on South and is tied for 50th at 143. Former Huskies Alex Prugh (148) and Richard H. Lee (151) missed the cut, as did Kyle Stanley (149) of Seattle.
Mickelson withdrew from the tournament Friday night because of muscle pain in his back. He shot a 1-over 73 on the South Course.
• Jessica Korda took the second-round lead in the season-opening Bahamas LPGA Classic at Paradise Island, with birdies on four of her last seven holes for a 7-under 66. The 20-year-old Korda had an 11-under 135 total. Paula Creamer was a stroke back after a 65. Michelle Wie (65) and Jenny Suh (66) were tied for third at 9 under. Wendy Ward of Edwall, near Spokane, missed the cut at 154.
• Rafa Cabrera-Bello (73) of Spain has squandered a two-shot lead in finishing tied with England’s Steve Webster (70) on top of the leaderboard after the third round of the Qatar Masters.