English leads as big names miss the cut
SAN DIEGO — Tiger Woods is gone from Torrey Pines, and Phil Mickelson joined him Friday by missing the cut.
In a tournament that quickly lost a big chunk of its star power, Harris English played another bogey-free round for a 6-under 66 on the North Course to build a two-shot lead in the Farmers Insurance Open.
Mickelson, who worked hard to get into shape in the offseason and was as optimistic as ever, was done in by his short game. The best he could manage was a 72 on the North Course, and he missed the cut by two shots. It was the first time since 2002 that Mickelson missed the cut in back-to-back weeks on the PGA Tour.
Woods withdrew after 11 holes Thursday, citing tightness in his lower back. For the first time, Woods and Mickelson failed to make the cut in the same tournament in consecutive weeks on the PGA Tour.
Mickelson was in good company leaving early.
Justin Rose, at No. 5 the highest-ranked player at Torrey Pines, also shot 70 on the North and missed the cut. So did Hideki Matsuyama, who three-putted for par on the closing hole on the South Course to miss by one shot; Jordan Spieth, who needed an eagle on the 18th on the South to make the cut and hit it in the water; and Dustin Johnson, playing for the first time since a six-month break to get professional help for "personal challenges."
English was at 10-under 134, two shots ahead of Nick Watney (65), Jhonattan Vegas (69) and Martin Laird, who had another 68. Laird was tied for the lead with two holes to play in Phoenix last week until a bogey-double bogey finish.
BAHAMAS LPGA CLASSIC: At Paradise Island, Bahamas, Brittany Lincicome and Sun Young Yoo topped the leaderboard in the wind-swept Bahamas LPGA Classic when second-round play was suspended because of darkness.
In wind gusting to 35-40 mph, Yoo completed a first-round 70 and shot 69 in the second to match Lincicome at 7 under on Atlantis Resort's Ocean Club course.
Lincicome was 2 under in the second round with 13 holes left. She shot a 68 on Thursday.
ALLIANZ CHAMPIONSHIP: At Boca Raton, Fla., Tom Pernice Jr. closed with a double bogey for a 6-under 66 and a share of the first-round lead in the Allianz Championship with Paul Goydos and Bart Bryant.
Pernice, second behind Rocco Mediate two years ago at Broken Sound, hooked his drive into the water on the difficult par-4 ninth. After a drop, he hit a 3-wood short of the green and missed a 9-foot putt.
Bernhard Langer was a stroke back along with Fred Funk and Tom Byrum. Langer, the reigning player of the year, won the 2010 event and has three other top-three finishes at Broken Sound in the last six years.