English shoots 66, leads Farmers by two


The Farmers Insurance Open got back on schedule, and Harris English raced to the top of the standings once the fog cleared. Here's how things look at the halfway point at Torrey Pines, where English leads by two shots:

Leaderboard: English (-10), Martin Laird (-8), Jhonattan Vegas (-8), Nick Watney (-8), Nicholas Thompson (-7), Andres Gonzales (-7), Jason Day (-6), Jimmy Walker (-6), Ian Poulter (-6)

What it means: English carded a 6-under 66 on the easier North Course during the second round, and in the process he moved into the top spot as he eyes a third PGA Tour win. The chase pack includes Watney, a veteran looking to bounce back after a disappointing 2014, Vegas, in search of his first win since 2011, and a host of big names at 6 under.

Round of the day: Day only managed a 1-over 73 on the South Course in his opening round but bounced back in a big way on the North. The Aussie made eight birdies for a 65, including three in a row on Nos. 13-15 and four over his last six holes to close his round, to move into contention in an event where he was a runner-up a year ago.

Best of the rest: Watney matched Day with a 7-under 65 on the North Course, a bogey-free effort that included three birdies across his final five holes. The round moved him into a tie for second as he looks to win for the first time since The Barclays in 2012.

Biggest disappointment: Take your pick from the bevy of big names missing the cut: Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Rose and Dustin Johnson. The top (dis)honor would probably go to Mickelson, who has now missed the cut in back-to-back weeks for the first time since 2002.

Main storyline heading into Saturday: English has cooled somewhat since a torrid start to 2014, but a third win would cement his spot in the upper echelon of the game's rising stars. The group of players four shots behind has plenty of starpower, though, including Walker who has a win and a playoff loss already under his belt in 2015.

Shot of the day: Matsuyama holed out for eagle for the second week in a row, this time from 169 yards on the par-4 fifth hole on the South Course. Alas, a closing three-putt left him one shot outside the cut line despite the bonus earlier in the round.

Quote of the day: "My putting is beyond pathetic." - Mickelson, who had five three-putts across his first 36 holes.