English takes charge as Mickelson exits Torrey Pines

Fri Feb 6, 2015 7:28pm EST
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By Ben Everill

LA JOLLA, California (Reuters) - Local favorite Phil Mickelson has joined Tiger Woods as weekend casualties as the five-time major winner failed to make the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines on Friday.

Mickelson backed up his 74 on the South course from round one with an even-par 72 on the easier North Course on Friday to be left at two-over and headed for the exit door Woods went through on Thursday with a back injury.

The San Diego native was 12 shots off the pace of fellow American Harris English, who put together a six-under 66 on the North course to push out to 10-under 134 and a two-shot lead late in the second round.

“I take a lot of positives from today. I hit the ball well, made some really good putts and hit some good wedge shots,” English said.

He is bogey free through two rounds, the first time a player has accomplished the feat at the tournament in four years.

“I was very excited about that yesterday," Harris said. "Especially coming out this morning and having to finish some holes (from the first round) kind of in the cold and it's good to make some of those six-footers coming out for par.

“That's what you got to do on the South course and I kept that momentum going to the North course today, which is a little shorter, a little bit easier.”

American Nick Watney put together a 65 on the North and Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas a solid 69 to move to eight-under and a share of second with Scotland's Martin Laird (68).   Continued...

Feb 5, 2015; La Jolla, CA, USA; Phil Mickelson tees off on the 14th during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course - South Course. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports