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At Torrey Pines, a tale of two courses

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SAN DIEGO – The mood of players Thursday afternoon at the Farmers Insurance Open likely depended upon which course they had just played.

While many of the game’s best struggled to get anything going on the difficult South Course, which will host play exclusively this weekend, the leaderboard was littered with low scores from its counterpart next door.

When it was all said and done, nearly four shots separated the scoring averages Thursday of the two courses at Torrey Pines. The South Course averaged 74.449 shots, while players needed on average only 70.526 strokes to complete play on the North.

The standings through 18 holes reflect the disparity in difficulty between the two layouts. Led by Stewart Cink’s 8-under 64, each of the top six scores and 25 of the top 28 came from the North Course. The lowest effort on the South came from Pat Perez, whose 5-under 67 was more than seven shots better than the average, while Charley Hoffman and Kevin Tway both made it around the South in 3-under 69.

Not every player that drew the North Course Thursday made the most of their opportunity, though. A winner here in 2012, Brandt Snedeker made only a single birdie in his opening round while struggling to a 5-over 77 that left his prospects of surviving the 36-hole cut rather bleak with the South Course now on deck Friday morning.

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