Tiger Tracker: Woods fires 65, leads at Torrey Pines

Tiger Woods blast from the bunker on the par-5 sixth hole of the South Course at Torrey Pines during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in San Diego. Woods sank the shot for an eagle.

Tiger Woods blast from the bunker on the par-5 sixth hole of the South Course at Torrey Pines during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in San Diego. Woods sank the shot for an eagle.

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SAN DIEGO -- It seems as though that this might be a match made in heaven.

Tiger Woods fired an opening-round, 4-under 68 and followed up with a second-round 7-under 65 on the South Course to take a two-shot lead at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

Billy Horschel is in solo second at 9 under after shooting a 3-under 69 on Torrey Pines' South Course. There are six players tied for third at 8 under.

See how Day 2 of the Farmers Insurance Open unfolded:

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Update #5: 6:39 p.m.

Although the cut-line is 1 under, not a good bogey on No. 18 for San Diego native Phil Mickelson. . . U.S. Amateur champion Steven Fox is heading the wrong way on the leaderboard. After an opening-round 2 under 70 on the North Course, Fox is 6 over thru 16 holes on the South Course. Fox has more PGA Tour exemptions due to his Amateur win in August. . . Scott Langley, who finished third in his first PGA Tour event in 2013, is tied for last in the field this week.

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Update #4: 6:21 p.m.

There is an eight-way tie for second at 8 under, three shots behind leader Tiger Woods. Of those eight, three players are still left on the course. . . Phil Mickelson is heading down No. 18 at 2 under, but the cut line has dropped to 1 under. . . Dustin Johnson misses a short birdie putt at No. 18 and will finish at 3 under for the tournament.

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Update #3: 6 p.m.

In his professional debut, Jordan Spieth will miss the cut after shooting 72-73 at Torrey Pines. . . Ross Fisher has jumped to 9 under after making a birdie at No. 13. . . After shooting even-par in the first-round, Phil Mickelson is 3 under thru 16 holes on the South Course. . . The projected cut is currently 2 under.

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Update #2: 5:35 p.m.

Casey Wittenberg, the 2012 Web.com Tour Player of the Year, finished with three birdies on Nos. 7-9 for a 5-under 65 on the North Course at Torrey Pines. That takes Wittenberg to 8 under for the tournament, three back of leader Tiger Woods.

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Update #1: 5:19 p.m.

Mike Weir didn't play as good as he did in the opening-round, but it looks like he will make the cut for the first time since July 2011. He shot 3-over 75 on the more difficult South Course at Torrey Pines that included six bogeys and three birdies.

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No. 9, Par 5, 548 yards

Tiger heads to his last hole of the day after making his first bogey on No. 8. He has a one-shot lead over Ross Fisher. The last "Did you Know?" of the day. . . Woods wears red on Sundays of tournaments he plays in because his mother thinks that’s it’s his power color.

Hole wrap-up: With a twirl of the club and quick walk off the tee, you know Tiger hits a good drive. . . down the middle of the fairway. With that, he'll be able to go at the green in two. Tiger's walks after that one, too. He plays a left to right fade and hits the green in two. The huge swinging left to right putt for Woods ends up short. He taps in for his sixth birdie of the day to get to 7 under, 65, for the day, 11 under for the tournament.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 7 under (11 under for the tournament)

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No. 8, Par 4, 436 yards

Another birdie for Tiger. More "Did you Know?". . . In 2006, Woods announced the creation of Tiger Woods Design, which is a golf-course design company. The Design has four courses and one practice facility. There are two courses in Mexico, one in the U.S. and one in Dubai. The practice facility is in Jupiter, Fla.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger takes driver off of No. 8 and it lands in the fairway bunker on the right. He may have trouble with the bunker lip for his second shot. With an 8-iron from the bunker, Woods' second shot ends up way short and right of the rough. Tiger walks up to the green to check out the kind of shot he will play. His club gets caught up in the rough and his third shot lands about 15 feet away from the hole. Woods misses his par attempt and slides it 4 feet past the hole. Tiger makes his first bogey of the day at No. 8.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 6 under (10 under for the tournament)

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No. 7, Par 4, 400 yards

Tiger is now 5-for-5 in sand saves this week. Here is another "Did you Know?" sand save fact. . . In 2005, at the Ford Championship at Doral, Woods had his longest sand save streak of his career with eight throughout the tournament.

Hole wrap-up: No driver on the tee for Tiger as hitting the fairway is most important on this hole. And that's exactly where it is. He has a good shot into the green. Just 129-yards to the hole, and Tiger hits it just past the hole, and as it spins back, it rolls over the hole for eagle. He has just a tap in 4 footer for birdie and does just that.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 7 under (11 under for tournament)

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No. 6, Par 3, 206 yards

As the rain continues to fall, Tiger is in the lead by three now with Luke List's bogey. More "Did You Know?" . . . Tiger Woods is tied with Sam Snead for the most USGA Championships (nine).

Hole wrap-up: There is a long wait on the tee for the Woods, Fowler, Watney group. When Woods finally hits his 7-iron on the drastic par-3 elevation changing hole, his ball takes one hop and lands in the green-side bunker. Yesterday he was 4/4 in sand saves. Tiger's bunker shot lands about 3 feet for par and sinks his par putt.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 6 under (10 under for tournament)

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No. 5, Par 4, 412 yards

Tiger now with a two-shot lead as Luke List made another birdie. "Did You Know?" . . . Woods won the inaugural FedEx Cup in 2007 and then again in 2009. In 2007, he did so by winning the BMW Championship and the season ending Tour Championship. He won the BMW again in 2009.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger bombs his drive down the fairway for the second hole in a row. On his second shot, he hits the green and is about 20 feet below the hole. Tiger's putt was on line, but just short, again. He needed to hit that one a little bit harder. He taps in his par putt with one hand and remains at 10 under for the tournament.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 6 under (10 under for tournament)

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No. 4, Par 4, 429 yards

That was a nice par save for Tiger, keeping him in complete command of this tournament. Some more "Did You Know?" . . . In 2004, Woods had 11 one-putts at the Players Championship, which is the most of any tournament throughout his career.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger takes driver and hammers it. He gives it a little body English, but it finds the fairway. He's missed only two today. With a short iron, Woods hits the green, but with too much backspin and it spins back to the fringe. His up hill putt comes up just short and he will tap in for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 6 under (10 under for tournament)

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No. 3, Par 3, 179 yards

Tiger is on a roll right now, as he's now 5 under over his last four holes. More "Did You Know?" . . . Woods' largest victory margin came at the 2000 U.S. Open Championship at Pebble Beach by 15 shots.

Hole wrap-up: After a lengthy wait on the tee, Tiger comes up short of the green and lands in a bunker. He thought he had enough on that one. Tiger calls over an official because his ball appears to be plugged, and he doesn't want to make the same mistake as last week. He does get relief. But he chunks his second shot a bit and leaves himself a mid-range putt for par. He does manage to make the putt to stay bogey-free on the day. He is leading seven players by three strokes.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 6 under (10 under for tournament)

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No. 2, Par 4, 326 yards

Now with the outright lead, Tiger seems to be in go-mode. Here is a bit of "Did You Know?" fodder . . . Woods has had eight wire-to-wire tournament victories, where he is the only player at the top of the leaderboard. He has three more wire-to-wire wins when he is tied for the lead with another player.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger bombs a drive just short of the green, knocks a wedge in close and buries another birdie. Moves into double digits and now has a two-shot lead.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 6 under (10 under for tournament)

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No. 1, Par 5, 520 yards

Tiger hit 6 of 7 fairways and 8 of 9 greens on his first nine. He now gets to another par 5 with the opportunity to take the lead. A bit of "Did You Know?" as he makes the turn . . . Woods holds the PGA Tour record by most consecutive rounds at par or better with 52. The streak started at the 2000 GTE Byron Nelson Classic through the 2001 Phoenix Open.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger continues his accurate ways with another fairway hit at the par 5, blasting past both Nick Watney and Rickie Fowler, his playing competitors. Tiger gets to the green in two and two-putts for a birdie to take the outright lead at 9 under.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 5 under (9 under for tournament)

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No. 18, Par 5, 485 yards

That was a big birdie for Tiger, nailing a longer putt to do so. He's creeping toward the leaders. As he does, here's some more "Did You Know?" . . . Did you know that the new Nike Golf commercial with Woods and McIlroy was shot in October of 2012 with neither player being there at the same time? McIlroy’s part was filmed first and then Woods’ a few days later.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger just misses this fairway (just in the intermediate), but gets to the green in two with ease and has a very good look at eagle. And he drains it to make the turn with a 4-under 32 that could have honestly been better. He is now tied for the lead with Charles Howell III.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under (8 under for tournament)

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No. 17, Par 3, 172 yards

Tiger is enjoying a solid, but not spectacular round. And as the group waits on the tee on No. 17, we offer up this "Did You Know?" . . . Woods holds the record for the best five-hole start on the PGA Tour. Woods started the second round of the 2009 Buick Open on No. 10, where Woods went birdie-birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie to start the round 6 under thru the first five holes.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger hits the green and has a mid-length birdie putt, which he drains for his second birdie of the day. Now only two off the lead.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (6 under for tournament)

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No. 16, Par 4, 338 yards

The wet weather is keeping players from taking off and running with this tournament and it is also keeping Tiger within three of the lead. A little more "Did You Know?" . . . Woods holds the PGA Tour record for most wins before his 25th birthday with 24 victories set in 2000. That is seven more victories than anyone else before they were 25.

Hole wrap-up: Guess what? Another fairway for Tiger. Seems like he is on auto pilot off the tees. But, another missed opportunity here, picking up par. Tiger can't keep wasting his accurate tee balls on a very gettable North Course.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (5 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: From our Sean Martin: Billy Horschel has made 13 straight cuts before this week, and 17 of past 19. Regained his PGA Tour card with T-4 at Q-School. Shot 66 Thursday at Torrey North.

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No. 15, Par 4, 397 yards

Nice first birdie for Tiger and is back to three off the lead. Our hole-by-hole "Did You Know?" . . . Woods’ career playoff record is 16-4. From 1999 to 2006, he won 12 consecutive playoff attempts. In his 20 playoff efforts, he has played Ernie Els three times and was victories all three times.

Hole wrap-up: That's 5-for-5 on fairways hit, following that with his fifth green of the day to give himself a solid look at birdie. But he can't get it to fall and settles for his fifth par of the day.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (5 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Charles Howell III has moved into the lead at 8 under, while young Luke Guthrie is now two shots off the pace. Guthrie's caddie is his older brother Zach. Zach played college golf at Western Illinois, and was the assistant coach at Illinois while Luke was playing there. Zach left his job in the middle of the college season so he could be Luke's caddie. Luke was No. 2 on Web.com Tour money list last year.

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No. 14, Par 5, 507 yards

A ho-hum start for Tiger, but he isn't hurting himself on the easier of the two courses. To keep you entertained, here is more "Did You Know?" . . . Woods has three U.S. Amateur victories. He is the only player to have won the championships in three consecutive years, which was played at TPC at Sawgrass (1994), Newport CC (1995) and Pumpkin Ridge GC (1996).

Hole wrap-up: Well, that's 4-for-4 on fairways hit, splitting the fairway at his first par-5 of the day. He gets after the green in two, but will need to chip for eagle. He gets close with the chip and taps in for his first birdie of the day.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (5 under for tournament)

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No. 13, Par 4, 430 yards

A little more "Did You Know?" . . . Woods has won in a total of 13 countries, which includes the U.S., Thailand, Germany, Spain, Scotland, Canada, Ireland, Japan, United Arab Emirates, England, Australia, Malaysia and Argentina.

Hole wrap-up: Another fairway hit for Tiger (he's 3-for-3 today), but misses his target on his approach, but will putt for birdie. Another hole, another two-putt. Solid par, but needs something to drop to get him untracked.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (4 under for tournament)

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No. 12, Par 3, 190 yards

Back to some "Did You Know?" . . . Between 1998-2005, Woods made 142 consecutive cuts to break the PGA Tour record, which was held by Byron Nelson. The streak started at the 1998 Buick Invitational and lasted until the 2005 Wachovia Championship.

Hole wrap-up: Alright, so he won't be perfect on greens hit, missing the green to the right, but he gets up-and-down for a third par to open his round.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (4 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: K.J. Choi opened his round with a birdie to get into the lead at 8 under.

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No. 11, Par 4, 437 yards

Today, we are going play a little "Did You Know?" about Tiger. We'll start with this gem: Woods ranks first in career money leaders with $100,950,700. With all of his earnings, you could go to Disney World on a 1-day pass 1,062,638 times.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger is dialed-in with the fairways thus far, splitting his second of the day. Also hits nice iron shot into the green to set up another birdie opportunity. But, for the second consecutive hole, he can't take advantage and settles for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (4 under for tournament)

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No. 10, Par 4, 416 yards

The weather could be a factor today, with forecasts calling for light rain and a high in the low 60s. Tiger is dressed in rain pants in preparation for the weather.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger used a lot of driver in Round 1, but just pokes a fairway metal into the fairway here. He does hit the green in regulation, but misses his birdie putt and settles for an opening par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (4 under for tournament)

• • •

Round 1 coverage

5 THINGS: The first round of the Farmers Insurance Open is in the books. Here’s 5 Things you need to know from the opening day of play at Torrey Pines, including Brandt Snedeker starting his title defense with a 7-under 65. Story.

STRONG START: Tiger Woods’ PGA Tour season began with a birdie, and his first round was completed in 68 strokes. It wasn’t always easy in between, but Woods is off to a strong start at the Farmers Insurance Open. Story.

TRACKER: Tiger Woods has six PGA Tour victories, including the 2008 U.S. Open, at Torrey Pines. He opened the Farmers Insurance Open with a 4-under 68 on Thursday. See how it happened.

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Pre-tournament coverage

TEE TIMES: A look at the tee times for Rounds 1 and 2 at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. Pairings.

RECOVERY: Apparently Phil Mickelson realized there many less fortunate than he, apologizing Wednesday for the second day in a row he said his public remarks were insensitive to “people who do not have jobs or live paycheck to paycheck.” Story.

'INSENSITIVE:' Give Phil Mickelson credit for his creativity. He obviously put some thought into his first public comments since he caused a small uproar over taxes. Story.

FIRST START: Steven Fox earned a sponsor exemption into the Farmer's Insurance Open courtesy of his victory at the U.S. Amateur. Fox said he just wants to make contact on the first tee. Story.

ADDRESSING THE ISSUE: PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem addressed the media Wednesday morning to discuss the previous night’s players meeting and the Tour’s reaction to the proposed anchoring ban. Story.

PREDICTIONS: Tiger returns to the site of six of his PGA Tour victories, while the red-hot Charles Howell III will look to pick up that elusive win, while FedEx Cup champ Brandt Snedeker is primed to defend his title. Story.

MAKING HIS DEBUT: Jordan Spieth will make his PGA Tour debut as a professional this week at the Farmers Insurance Open after receiving a sponsor exemption. Story.

RETURNING TO THE SCENE: A six-time winner at Torrey Pines, Tiger Woods addressed everything from missing the cut last week, the course and Phil Mickelson's tax dilemma. 5 Things.

NOTEBOOK: Rich Beem, who failed to earn his full-time PGA Tour card at Q-School in December, will be making trips to India and Panama as he looks to earn his way back onto the big tour. Story.

ODDS: Tiger Woods finds himself in a familiar position as the favorite at the Farmers Insurance Open for the second time in the last three years. Story.

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