LA JOLLA, Calif. - Six-time champion Tiger Woods scorched the North Course at the Torrey Pines Golf Club for a seven-under 65 Friday to take a two-stroke lead halfway through the $6.1 million Farmers Insurance Open.
Woods is 11-under par for the tournament, with Billy Horschel in second place at nine-under.
The second biggest name in the tournament, San Diego native and Rancho Santa Fe resident Phil Mickelson, barely made the cut with a one-under 71 on the South Course -- the toughest of the two sets of links. Like on Thursday, he was inconsistent throughout the round, with five birdies and four bogeys.
Mickelson, who made waves earlier this week by making remarks about his tax situation, is tied for 69th place.
The first-round co-leaders, K.J. Choi and defending champion Brandt Snedeker, both struggled.
Choi bogeyed three times and finished one-over, and is tied for 16th place. Snedeker managed just one birdie and finished two-over, and is now buried in a tie for 31st.
Billy Mayfair, who took the spot of Bubba Watson Thursday when the reigning Masters champion pulled out of the tournament because of the flu, also shot a one-under 71, but he missed the cut.
Troy Kelly withdrew from the tournament Friday due to the flu.
With the field reduced to 70 plus ties for the weekend, the final two rounds will be played on the South Course beginning at 8:30 a.m. each day.
Matches go on despite rain
Rain did not stop the second day of tournament play at the Farmers Insurance Open, but it did make for a soggy Friday afternoon out on the greens.
There were umbrellas aplenty on the course, as thousands of spectators tried to stay dry while watching their favorite golfers master the course. Most were closely following Woods, who didn't even carry an umbrella.
"I don't like rain gear very much, and I'd much rather play in sweaters if I can. Hey, you only get wet once, right? Once you're wet, you're wet. Deal with it," he told reporters after finishing his day on the North Course.
Woods pointed out that the worst rain didn't fall until he was almost finished, with just two holes to go.
Some spectators said too much was being made of the rain that fell on Torrey Pines.
"We're from Idaho, which is about 5-below zero, so we can cope with this weather," explained Nancy Johnson, who was sitting beneath an umbrella held by her husband, Ed.
"This is a summer monsoon for us," Ed Johnson explained. "We haven't seen anything north of 30 degrees for a month."
Some locals complained that the rain ruined their day.
"It makes it very difficult to follow the people around," said Gary Kent of Oceanside. "Your feet get wet, and you've got to have umbrellas and it's not much fun."
But Victor Robinson was smiling.
"Golf is always great, no matter what happens, rain, shine, sun, doesn't matter. Golf is great," he said.