SAN DIEGO – Much was made of the “random” pairing of Rocco Mediate and Tiger Woods on Thursday and Friday at the Farmers Insurance Open. “I don’t know how the computer did that,” Woods smiled on Wednesday when asked about the pairing that puts the stars from the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey back together.
But on Thursday Woods spent more time with Anthony Kim, the third member of the group, than the affable antagonist from 2008. Kim was 2-under par, a shot ahead of Woods, through nine holes on the North Course.
Maybe the only surprise on a clear, sunny day was how many drivers Woods hit on the normally easier North Course. Other than the 10th hole, his first of the day, Woods hit driver on every par 4 and 5, including the short (338 yard) 16th hole.
Woods was paying a price for his aggressive approach, however. He’d hit just three of eight fairways through nine holes and had failed to birdie either par 5 on the North’s back nine.