Tiger Barely Makes It, Phil Goes Home
by Martin Olivera
The number was 143 (1-under) and 89 players go on to play over the weekend. "Cut-day" was unkind for players with local ties. Only Chris Riley (66-73), San Diego junior golf graduate, and Mark O'Meara (67-69), former Escondido resident, made it . Among those locals missing the cut are second-world-ranked player Phil Mickelson (73-75) who missed his second in a row, Pat Perez (71-73), and major winners Scott Simpson (75-72) and Craig Stadler (72-72). The South course was tough even under ideal sunny, calm conditions. It averaged 73.442 strokes and only 16 of 77 players broke par. Tiger Woods (66-77) played the South and had to birdie 18th with a sliding 5-footer to make the cut on the number. He'd double-bogeyed 17th. His streak of cuts made stretched to 81.
JL Lewis and Kent Jones both shot 67 on the South and share the lead at 135 (9-under). They're closely followed by Jay Haas, O'Meara and Rory Sabbatini at 136.
The North course played easier than Thursday. It averaged 69.365 strokes. The toughest hole was 11th (4.135) and the easiest was 1st (4.473). The toughest hole on the South was 12th (4.455) and the easiest was 9th (4.636).
Santa Ana winds over the weekend will make the South intriguing. And if it blows hard, scores will likely be higher.
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