Stanley overcame a double bogey early in his round by running off four birdies on the front nine for 4-under 68, giving him a one-shot lead over Brandt Snedeker going into the weekend.
Snedeker, who first gained notoriety as a rookie at Torrey Pines when he shot 61 on the North Course, had 64 on the North to make a swift climb up the leaderboard. He is coming off hip surgery at the end of last year and made his season debut at the Humana Challenge last week by getting into the hunt.
Stanley, long off the tee and as polished as any of the PGA Tour rookies who won last year, was at 14-under 130.
A tournament already missing Tiger Woods will have to do without hometown star Phil Mickelson on the weekend. He shot himself out of the tournament with 77 on the South in the opening round, and didn’t make nearly enough birdies on the North to make the cut. Mickelson had to settle for 68, missing the cut for the first time in 10 years at Torrey Pines.
“We’re going to have perfect weather out here at Torrey, and I’d love to be playing,” Mickelson said.
EUROPEAN TOUR: In Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Woods moved into contention with 3-under 69 Friday after three birdies over five holes on the back nine in the second round of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, finishing two shots behind leader Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark (67).
“I’ve grown to understand what Sean (Foley) wants me to do and how my body is going to do those things and produce the numbers he wants me to produce,” Woods said.
Olesen made seven birdies in his first 12 holes for a one-shot lead over 18-year-old Gareth Maybin of Northern Ireland (70) and Matteo Mannasero of Italy (65).