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Spieth takes one-shot lead at Torrey Pines

Published January 24, 2014 8:53 pm

Golf • Young pro outshines Woods, who has won eight times at prestigious course.
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San Diego • Jordan Spieth turned out to be the star attraction Friday playing with Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines.

Spieth again showed game well beyond his 20 years with a 9-under 63 on the North Course, giving him a one-shot lead over Stewart Cink going into the weekend at the Farmers Insurance Open. Cink drilled a 3-wood from 280 yards onto the green at the par-5 ninth on the tougher South Course for a two-putt birdie and a 71.

Woods rarely gets upstaged at Torrey Pines, where his eight professional wins include the 2008 U.S. Open.

But in his first competition in six weeks, Woods hardly looked the part as the defending champion. He did not make birdie on any of the par 5s for the second straight day, and a three-putt bogey on the par-5 ninth hole on the North gave him a 71.

He was nine shots behind.

Phil Mickelson's ailing back wasn't much better, though Lefty plodded along and shot 73 on the South to finish eight shots out of the lead. Mickelson contemplated pulling out to rest his back, and said only that he would give it a shot Saturday depending on how he felt.

It was the first time Spieth has played with Woods in a tournament — they played a practice round together at the Presidents Cup last fall — and the Texan felt and played as if it was any other round on the PGA Tour.

Then again, the first time he played with Mickelson, Spieth closed with a 62 at the TPC Boston last year, a round that led Mickelson to call Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples and lobby for Spieth to be picked for the team.

In both cases, Spieth was more interested with the score than the audience.

"Any time you can shoot a lower score than a 66 or 65 and you can really get it deep and be in a zone and not worry about what your score is ... that's special," Spieth said. "That's proving that I can play my best golf when it matters on a PGA Tour venue. Each time you can do that, you get more and more confident that you can do it more often."

LPGA Tour

Paradise Island, Bahamas • Jessica Korda took the second-round lead in the season-opening Bahamas LPGA Classic, birdieing four of her last seven holes in high wind for a 7-under 66.

The 20-year-old Korda had an 11-under 135 total on Atlantis Resort's Ocean Club course. She won the 2012 Women's Australian Open for her lone LPGA Tour title.

Paula Creamer, playing alongside Korda, was a stroke back after a 65.

Michelle Wie and Monday qualifier Jenny Suh were tied for third at 9 under. —

Leaderboard

Farmers Insurance Open

Jordan Spieth -10

Stewart Cink -9

Nicolas Colsaerts -8

Billy Horschel -7

Marc Leishman -7

Also

Phil Mickelson -2

Tiger Woods -1