Jun 14, 2013; Ardmore, PA, USA; Stewart Cink tees off on the 2nd hole during the second round of the 113th U.S. Open golf tournament at Merion Golf Club.. Mandatory Credit: JD Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Farmers Insurance Open: Stewart Cink leads at 8-under, Tiger shoots even par

Photo Credit: Allan Henry-USA Today Sports.

Photo Credit: Allan Henry-USA Today Sports.

Stewart Cink leads the Farmers Insurance Open after an opening round 64 on the North course at Torrey Pines.  His round included eight birdies and ten pars.

Cink said he played well because he was aggressive, and played the course “shot by shot.”

Gary Woodland is in second place after a flawless 65 on the North.  Woodland had an eagle and five birdies.

Four players are tied for third: Jason Day, Tyrone Van Aswegen, Marc Leishman, and Jim Herman all shot six-under on the North.  Jim Herman eagled the 1st, 9th, and 18th holes to shoot his 66.

The best round on the South belonged to Pat Perez at five-under.  Perez clipped Tiger at the Junior Worlds when they were kids, and called the win, “The best day of my life.”  He shot a great round today, and is on his way to beating Tiger at Torrey once again.

Phil Mickelson shot a three-under 69 on the North.  He said his back “locked up” during the downswing of his approach shot on the par-5 18th (his ninth hole of the day).  To combat his ailing back, Phil said, “I just short gamed it around and I tried to just take an extra club.”

Phil will seek treatment on his back, and did not rule out withdrawing from the tournament.  He does not want to hurt his health long-term by pushing himself at the Farmers.

Tiger shot an even-par 72 on the South, and said if he played the par-5s well, he would be two or three-under.

Tiger will have a good opportunity to shoot under par on the easier North course tomorrow.

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  • John Beuley

    Great coverage so far this week, Bernie! Fansided should give you your own weekly, front-page column for the site. Your knowledge of the game is obvious in your analysis, and you possess uncanny brevity. Never lose these qualities!

    • Bernie D’Amato

      I appreciate your comments very much John! I will start writing a column!

  • Mike Metzger

    hi bernie, great work so far this week im really impressed with your golf coverage – you obviously have your index finger squarely on the proverbial “pulse,” if you will, of the PGA Tour! However, there are a couple things i think you should focus on this week. first i think you should pay attention to van aswegen, ive seen him play a bit and i like his game, but im interested in what you think – he reminds me of a young thorbjorn olesen circa 2012. also, i read your tiger and foley article, and while tiger to me is clearly the best ever, in so much as he can win without his “A Game,” his swing really looks out of sorts with foley and particularly this week. if he putts well he will always win, but that hasnt been there the last five years…i guess theres only so many 20 footers one man can make. your thoughts? anyways, looking forward to seeing much more of your posts, its great to have someone on the ground at torrey!

    • Bernie D’Amato

      Thank you very much Mike! I will start paying attention to Van Aswegan. Only one missed cut in his first six events is impressive. You are right about Tiger, he just doesn’t have it this week. His par-5 scoring is terrible. However, I believe he has the ability to find his A game, especially when its time for the Masters.