N. Thompson opens with 64 for early Farmers lead


While Tiger Woods' withdrawal was the biggest news Thursday at the Farmers Insurance Open, his departure still left 155 players battling it out for the trophy. Here's how things look after the first day at Torrey Pines, where a pair of Thompsons are on top of the standings:

Leaderboard: Nicholas Thompson (-8), Michael Thompson (-7), Brooks Koepka (-6), Cameron Tringale (-6), Jhonattan Vegas (-5), Freddie Jacobson (-5), Ian Poulter (-5), Chris Kirk (-5), Brendon de Jonge (-5)

What it means: Thompson - the one in first place - is in search of his first PGA Tour win and got off to a fast start. Most of the players on the first page of the leaderboard began with the easier North Course, including Koepka who is looking to win on Tour in back-to-back weeks.

Round of the day: Nicholas Thompson's 8-under 64 began in style, with an opening eagle followed by a birdie on No. 2. Thompson had seven birdies on the day, including three straight on Nos. 13-15, to go along with the eagle and only a single bogey.

Best of the rest: Michael Thompson hasn't made much noise since capturing the Honda Classic two years ago, but he grabbed sole possession of second place with a 7-under 65 on the North Course, a round capped by birdies on Nos. 17 and 18. Thompson had eight birdies on the day as he looks for his first top-60 finish this season.

Biggest disappointment: Woods' round was the focus of much pre-tournament scrutiny and anticipation, but it lasted barely three hours after the seven-time Farmers champ walked off the third green, his 12th of the day. He was 2 over at the time, clearly hampered by back pain and now it remains to be seen when he will next tee it up.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Play was suspended late in the day because of darkness, as fog delays have been a constant so far this week. Once the mist clears Friday, two players to watch will be Koepka, as he battles the difficult South Course, and Vegas, whose 67 was the low round of the day on the South.

Shot of the day: Dustin Johnson gave the crowds reason to cheer in his first start in six months when his 160-yard approach to the fourth hole bounced toward the hole and went in for an unexpected eagle. The shot was a rare highlight for DJ, who was 2 over through 17 holes when play was suspended.

Quote of the day: "It's just my glutes are shutting off. Then they don't activate and then, hence, it goes into my lower back." - Woods