K.J. Choi, Brandt Snedeker share Farmers Insurance Open lead

Brandt Snedeker made seven birdies Thursday en route to his opening-round 65 on the North Course at Torrey Pines.



SAN DIEGO — Brandt Snedeker ended another round at Torrey Pines atop the leaderboard. Only this time he had company, and still a long way to go.

Snedeker had a flawless start to his title defense in the Farmers Insurance Open by playing bogey-free on the North Course for 7-under-par 65 and a share of the lead with K.J. Choi on Thursday. The advantage after one day goes to Choi, who birdied three of his last four holes on the tough South Course for his 65.

Tiger Woods, a seven-time champion at Torrey Pines as a pro, looked as if he might join them. Woods was one shot off the lead with five holes to play on the South until he stumbled in the final hour of a cloudy day with two bogeys and had to scramble to save par on the par-5 18th for 68.

Phil Mickelson had quite the taxing day with 72 on the North, which played about 1½ strokes easier than the course that hosted a U.S. Open in 2008.

Of the eight players at 66, only Josh Teater posted his on the South Course. Augusta native Charles Howell summed it up best after his 66 on the North.

“The real one is tomorrow,” Howell said.


EUROPEAN TOUR: In Doha, Qatar, Ryder Cup stars Martin Kaymer and Sergio Garcia were among four players tied for the lead at the Qatar Masters after the second round.

The leaderboard was crowded, with 15 players within three shots of the leaders, thanks to mainly calm conditions at Doha Golf Course.

Kaymer (67), Garcia (66) overnight leader Ricardo Santos and Marcus Fraser were at 9-under 135. They had a one-shot lead on five players, including former U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell (68).

Former Augusta State golfer Scott Jamieson missed the cut after shooting 77.


CHARLES HOWELL Augusta native

Score/shots back 66/1

WILL CLAXTON Swainsboro, Ga.*

Score/shots back 69/4

HENRIK NORLANDER Ex-Jaguars golfer

Score/shots back 72/7

PATRICK REED Ex-Jaguars golfer

Score/shots back 73/8

BLAKE ADAMS Swainsboro, Ga.

Score/shots back 75/10

* former resident