SAN DIEGO (AP) — Prime-ranked Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas made the birdies they wanted to maintain tempo on the better North Course at Torrey Pines on Thursday and shared the lead with hard-charging Adam Schenk after two rounds of the Farmers Insurance coverage Open.
Schenk made eight straight birdies to shoot a career-low, 10-under 62, additionally on the North Course, and joined Rahm (65) and Thomas (63) at 13-under 131.
The 30-year-old Schenk, who grew up on an Indiana sod farm, began his spectacular run of birdies on the fourth gap and ended it on No. 11. He additionally birdied Nos. 16 and 17 in his bogey-free spherical.
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All three leaders opened Wednesday on the South Course, the place Rahm gained the U.S. Open final yr for his first main. Rahm additionally obtained his first PGA Tour victory in 2017 at Torrey Pines, a municipal facility on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
The ultimate two rounds might be performed on the South Course.
Schenk recorded the longest consecutive birdies streak at this event since 2003.
“I misplaced observe of what number of I made in a row, however there was lots of low scores on the North Course yesterday and I knew there was lots of gettable holes and I wanted to maintain going if I needed to stand up on high of the leaderboard and hopefully keep there all through the weekend,” Schenk mentioned. “So I do know I needed to attempt to preserve the pedal down and never get glad with what number of birdies I made.”
Schenk struggled to hit fairways, however his approaches had been adequate to provide himself affordable birdie probabilities.
“Simply lots of lengthy putts,” he mentioned. “It isn’t like I used to be hitting it to 10 toes each time making the putts. I had lots of prolonged ones.”
Schenk mentioned he made eight birdies in a row in an age-group championship in his early teenagers.
“So I had performed it earlier than, clearly not on the PGA Tour, on this stage. I simply misplaced observe and knew I had some par 5s arising and needed to reap the benefits of them. Fortunately I hit some good pictures on 9 after which 10 I made an extended putt.”
The Farmers Insurance coverage Open is being performed Wednesday by Saturday to keep away from a tv battle with the NFL’s two convention championship video games on Sunday.
Rahm closed his opening spherical Wednesday with an eagle for one of the best rating of the day on the South Course. The Spaniard birdied 5 of his first eight holes on the North on Thursday earlier than making his solely bogey.
“I imply, it wasn’t unhealthy yesterday, it actually wasn’t unhealthy at present,” Rahm mentioned. “I managed rather well at present and it feels good as a result of for those who inform me earlier than the spherical I’ll hit 4 fairways and shoot 7-under, I would let you know that one thing on the market will need to have been actually good, which at present was. For a way little fairways I hit, I used to be capable of hit lots of these greens from the tough, which isn’t the simplest factor to do.”
Thomas, enjoying the Farmers Insurance coverage Open for the primary time since 2015, had 9 birdies in his bogey-free spherical.
“I performed properly, I drove it properly, one thing you have to do out right here on the North Course,” Thomas mentioned. “I imply, each programs, however for those who drive it properly, you have obtained lots of wedges, lots of quick holes, 4 par-5s. Made some good putts after I wanted to, simply sort of a few of these quick mid-rangers and it was a strong day.”
Cameron Tringale shot a 65 on the North and was one shot behind the leaders. Peter Malnati was two again after a 66 on the North.
Billy Horschel, who opened with a 63 on the North, struggled by a 1-over 73 on the South and dropped 5 pictures off the lead. He made a double-bogey 6 on No. 14.
The featured afternoon threesome of Jordan Spieth (78), Rickie Fowler (76) and Bryson DeChambeau (72) all missed the lower, with the big-hitting DeChambeau grabbing at his decrease again in obvious ache on a number of events.
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