Benepes 65 Gives Him Lead
Tjaart van der Walt and Billy Judah share second at minus-8.
Benepe dropped birdie putts at two and three and added two more at five and six, both from over 20 feet. He added a three-footer for birdie at the 9th for a front-nine 31.
Benepe struggled at the outset of his second nine. He missed a 12-foot par save at No. 11 and he missed the green short at the par-3 13th to card another bogey. He rallied with a 35-foot birdie putt at 14, a two-putt birdie at 16 and a 12-footer at the last to claim the outright lead.
'I'm just trying to play the best I can,' said Benepe, who needed only 24 putts to get around Hillcrest Country Club on Friday. 'I'm hitting most fairways and greens as well and I'm taking advantage of the par-5s.'
Van der Walt picked up an early birdie at No. 2 but it was later in his front nine where he made his move up the leaderboard. He carded three birdies in a row, starting at the 7th to go out in 32.
'I'm making the putts I need to make,' said van der Walt, who posted his second 67 in as many days on Friday. 'Early in the year I wasn't making them. I'm not thinking the ball in the hole, I'm just doing what I need to do.'
Judah began on the back nine Friday and was able to overcome a double-bogey at his 14th hole with a birdie at the last to share second.
Arron Oberholser fired the lowest round of the day with a 7-under 64 to finish knotted in a tie with Don Reese, Patrick Sheehan, Craig Bowden and one of the overnight co-leaders Michael Long for fourth place at minus-seven.
The remaining first-round leaders struggled on Friday. Rob McKelvey posted a 3-over 74 and is 32nd at 2-under. Charles Raulerson and Charles Warren each carded 5-over 76s and barely made the 36-hole cut, which fell at even-par 142.
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Woods, Rahm, Rickie, J-Day headline Torrey field
Tiger Woods is set to make his 2018 debut.
In all, 12 of the top 26 players in the world are teeing it up at Torrey Pines.
Even on 'off' day, Rahm shoots 67 at CareerBuilder
He still managed a 5-under 67 that put him just one shot off the lead heading into the weekend.
Rahm has missed only five greens through two rounds and sits at 15-under 129.
Landry stays hot, leads desert shootout at CareerBuilder
LA QUINTA, Calif. –
''Wind was down again,'' Landry said. ''It's like a dome out here.''
Landry pointed to the Saturday forecast.
''A couple of those bad swings cost me,'' Rahm said.
He has played the par 5s in 9 under with an eagle and seven birdies.