Round one is underway at the Farmers Insurance Open, and many players are taking advantage of the easier Torrey Pines North Course.
The North plays about 600 yards shorter than the South, and it really shows on the par-5s. Every par-5 on the North is reachable compared to one or two reachable par-5s on the South (for most players).
Today, the South’s par-5 13th is playing at 600 yards with a difficult hole location cut on the right side of the green. Of the six players I saw play the 13th, there were four pars and two bogies.
In addition, the 4th, 11th, and 12th holes on the South are very difficult. The 4th is a 488 yard par-4 along the cliff, the 11th is a 221/204 yard par-3 with a small green, and the 12th is a 504 yard par-4 that normally plays into a breeze.
I watched Lee Westwood, Josh Teater, and Matt Jones play the 12th. Teater and Jones had to layup after missing the fairway, and Westwood missed the green with a hybrid from 220 yards. It is a tough hole.
As I walked back to the media tent, I noticed Phil Mickelson nearly hit his ball out of bounds on the par-5 18th (North Course). In typical Phil fashion, he got up-and-down for a birdie.
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