Woodland and Choi lead as big names miss Torrey Pines cut

Fri Jan 29, 2016 7:56pm EST
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(Reuters) - Closing-hole birdies from American Gary Woodland and South Korean KJ Choi lifted them into a share of the second-round lead at the Farmers Insurance Open outside San Diego on Friday as a host of big names missed the cut.

While defending champion Jason Day, world number four Rickie Fowler and local favorite Phil Mickelson all failed to advance at Torrey Pines, Woodlands and Choi fired matching five-under-par 67s to finish at nine-under 135.

Long-hitting Dustin Johnson was alone in third at eight under after a 66, one stroke in front of fellow Americans Scott Brown (71) and Billy Horschel (70), and Scotland's Martin Laird (68).

Veteran Choi, an eight-time winner on the PGA Tour who has not triumphed on the circuit since the 2011 Players Championship, birdied three of his last five holes on the easier North Course to move joint top.

"My putting hasn't been too good inside 15-20 feet, but today I made five or six outside 15 feet," Choi, 45, told Golf Channel.

"I heard the weekend will be very windy and rainy, so I'm hoping my imagination, my driving and putting will be stable."

Power hitter Woodlands, winless on the PGA Tour since the 2013 Reno-Tahoe Open, piled up five birdies on his front nine to reach the turn in a flawless five-under 31.


January 29, 2016; La Jolla, CA, USA;  Gary Woodland hits from the twelfth hole tee during the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course -  South Course.  Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports -