Farmers Insurance Open leaderboard: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson still struggling at Torrey Pines

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODA

The two biggest superstars in the game continue to stall at Torrey Pines, where Tiger Woods has squandered chances on the par-5s and is in danger of falling out of it as the weekend arrives.

Tiger Woods is halfway through his second PGA Tour round of the year, and the No. 1 player in the world has failed to make much of a charge playing on the easier North Course at Torrey Pines. He's currently seven shots back of leader Marc Leishman, a significant margin but still manageable to make up over his final 45 holes.

Woods is not in danger of missing the cut, but he could sure use a super low inward nine at the North Course to get in a contending position at the midpoint. Tiger was off all day on Thursday, whether it was with his driver, irons, or even wedges around the green. He said after the round he would need to get in gear early on the North Course, and while he was bogey free on his first nine, he had an awful three-putt on the par-5 18th (his 9th of the day) to finish a disappointing 2-under.

Tiger has owned this event by dominating the par-5s -- the most reliable path to victory for Woods not only at Torrey, but everywhere he plays. Woods was furious at the missed opportunities on the par-5s on the South Course on Thursday, and he's got to be fuming now at the midpoint of his second round following three more pars, including back-to-back pars at the turn on two of the easier North par-5s.

The North Course is playing a full four strokes easier than the South, largely due to the much shorter layout and easier par-5s. The three putt on No. 18 was a disaster that Woods compounded when he made the turn and settled for another brutal par at the par-5 first. Tiger put his second shot hole high just off the green, but his relatively easy chip slid past the hole and he missed a short makable comeback putt for birdie. That two-hole stretch at the turn -- the three-putt and failed up-and-down -- could deflate his chances for the rest of the weekend

Tiger will finish his round under-par, but he could be in a double-digit deficit if he continues to miss easy birdie chances. Woods has just one par-5 in front of him now at No. 9 on the North. It's likely he won't be out of it, but his record of chasing down leaders on the weekend, as opposed to running from the front, is well-documented.

Phil Mickelson, who was questionable to stay in the tournament after injuring his back on Thursday, is playing the tougher South Course today and is just 1-under through his first five holes. Mickelson reiterated his animosity for the Rees Jones redesigned South, where he does not have an impressive track record since the early 2000s remodel. With that history and the back issue, it will be a surprise if he makes a run on Friday. Lefty, like Woods, is seven shots off the pace.

Here's a snapshot of the current leaderboard, with the cut line hovering right at even-par (North/South distinguished in parentheses):

Place Player Score
1 Marc Leishman (SC) -9
2 Stewart Cink (SC) -8
3 Gary Woodland (SC) -7
T4 Billy Horschel (NC) -6
T4 Jordan Spieth (NC) -6
T4 Pat Perez (NC) -6
T4 David Lynn (SC) -6
T4 Jason Day (SC) -6
T9 Russell Knox (NC) -5
T9 Charley Hoffman (NC) -5
T9 Nicolas Colsaerts (SC) -5
T9 Erik Compton (SC) -5
T9 Tyrone Van Aswegen (SC) -5
T14 Morgan Hoffmann (NC) -4
T14 Sang-Moon Bae (SC) -4
T14 Brad Fritsch (SC) -4
T14 Seung-Yul Noh (SC) -4
T14 Jim Herman (SC) -4
T14 Bobby Gates (SC) -4
T20 Victor Dubuisson (SC) -3
T20 Martin Laird (SC) -3
T20 D.A. Points (SC) -3
T20 Harrison Frazar (SC) -3
T20 Jhonattan Vegas (SC) -3
T20 Will MacKenzie (NC) -3
T20 J.B. Holmes (NC) -3
T20 Kevin Tway (NC) -3
T20 Justin Hicks (NC) -3
T20 Michael Putnam (SC) -3
T20 Keegan Bradley (SC) -3
T20 Brendon Todd (SC) -3
T20 Hudson Swafford (SC) -3
T33 Greg Owen (SC) -2
T33 Trevor Immelman (SC) -2
T33 Brian Stuard (NC) -2
T33 Tiger Woods (NC) -2
T33 Peter Malnati (SC) -2
T33 Ryo Ishikawa (NC) -2
T33 Graham DeLaet (SC) -2
T33 Tim Herron (SC) -2
T33 Steven Bowditch (SC) -2
T33 Scott Stallings (NC) -2
T33 Phil Mickelson (SC) -2
T33 Bubba Watson (SC) -2
T33 Jonathan Byrd (SC) -2
T33 Justin Thomas (SC) -2
T33 Jamie Lovemark (NC) -2
T48 Hideki Matsuyama (SC) -1
T48 Roberto Castro (SC) -1
T48 Ian Poulter (NC) -1
T48 Tim Wilkinson (SC) -1
T48 Robert Garrigus (SC) -1
T48 Lee Westwood (NC) -1
T48 Mark Calcavecchia (SC) -1
T48 Andres Romero (NC) -1
T48 Kevin Chappell (NC) -1
T48 Will Claxton (SC) -1
T48 Chris Williams (SC) -1
T59 Camilo Villegas (NC) E
T59 Martin Flores (NC) E
T59 James Driscoll (NC) E
T59 Spencer Levin (SC) E
T59 Matt Bettencourt (SC) E
T59 David Lingmerth (NC) E
T59 Brendan Steele (NC) E
T59 John Merrick (SC) E
T59 Nick Watney (SC) E
T59 Nicholas Thompson (NC) E
T59 Robert Streb (NC) E
T59 Ben Martin (NC) E
T59 Alex Aragon (SC) E
T59 Heath Slocum (SC) E
T59 Aaron Baddeley (SC) E
T59 Bill Haas (NC) E
T59 Tommy Gainey (SC) E
T59 Charles Howell III (SC) E
T79 Vijay Singh (SC) 1
T79 Jimmy Walker (NC) 1
T79 Brice Garnett (SC) 1
T79 Hideto Tanihara (SC) 1
T79 Cameron Tringale (NC) 1
T79 Matt Jones (NC) 1
T79 Blake Adams (NC) 1
T79 K.J. Choi (NC) 1
T79 Hunter Mahan (SC) 1
T79 Chesson Hadley (NC) 1
T79 Jonas Blixt (SC) 1
T79 Michael Block (NC) 1
T79 Kevin Foley (SC) 1
T79 Michael Kim (SC) 1
T93 D.H. Lee (NC) 2
T93 Lucas Glover (NC) 2
T93 Andrew Loupe (NC) 2
T93 Troy Merritt (SC) 2
T93 Chad Collins (NC) 2
T93 Bryce Molder (NC) 2
T93 Rory Sabbatini (NC) 2
T93 Paul Goydos (NC) 2
T93 Scott Gardiner (SC) 2
T93 Wes Roach (SC) 2
T93 Chris Riley (NC) 2
T93 Tag Ridings (NC) 2
T93 Fabian Gomez (NC) 2
T93 Bronson La'Cassie (SC) 2
T107 David Hearn (SC) 3
T107 Scott Brown (SC) 3
T107 J.J. Henry (NC) 3
T107 Danny Lee (NC) 3
T107 Max Homa (SC) 3
T107 Luke Guthrie (NC) 3
T107 Y.E. Yang (NC) 3
T107 Richard H. Lee (SC) 3
T107 Robert Allenby (NC) 3
T107 Johnson Wagner (NC) 3
T107 Stuart Appleby (NC) 3
T107 Geoff Ogilvy (NC) 3
T107 Shawn Stefani (SC) 3
T107 Andrew Svoboda (SC) 3
T121 Billy Mayfair (SC) 4
T121 Rickie Fowler (NC) 4
T121 Davis Love III (SC) 4
T121 Ben Curtis (NC) 4
T121 Ben Crane (NC) 4
T121 John Peterson (NC) 4
T121 Miguel Angel Carballo (SC) 4
T121 Lee Williams (SC) 4
T121 Will Strickler (NC) 4
T121 Chris Smith (NC) 4
T131 Joe Durant (NC) 5
T131 Daniel Chopra (SC) 5
T131 John Huh (NC) 5
T131 Josh Teater (NC) 5
T131 Brendon de Jonge (NC) 5
T131 Jim Renner (SC) 5
T131 Edward Loar (NC) 5
T138 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (SC) 6
T138 Dicky Pride (NC) 6
T138 Will Wilcox (NC) 6
T138 Troy Matteson (NC) 6
T138 John Rollins (SC) 6
T138 Kyle Stanley (NC) 6
T138 Brandt Snedeker (SC) 6
T138 Mike Weir (NC) 6
T138 Mark Anderson (SC) 6
T147 Russell Henley (NC) 7
T147 Derek Ernst (SC) 7
T147 James Hahn (NC) 7
T147 Chad Campbell (NC) 7
T151 Charlie Beljan (NC) 8
T151 Kevin Kisner (NC) 8
T151 Alex Prugh (NC) 8
154 Riley Wheeldon (SC) 10

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