Stanley takes one-shot lead at Torrey Pines

Kyle Stanley during the John Deere Classic
Kyle Stanley during the John Deere Classic ( Associated Press )

Friday, January 27, 2012

SAN DIEGO – Kyle Stanley made more than enough birdies Friday to offset one big mistake, giving him a 4-under 68 on the South Course at Torrey Pines and a one-shot lead in the Farmers Insurance Open.

Stanley went over the back of the 14th green and into the hazard for a double bogey, but made five birdies the rest of the way and wound up one shot clear of Brandt Snedeker, who had a 64 on the North Course.

Stanley was at 14-under 130 going into the weekend, with the last two rounds on the South, which is 604 yards longer. That suits Stanley just fine; he’s one of the longer hitters on the PGA Tour.

Phil Mickelson could only manage a 68 on the North Course. He missed the cut at his hometown tournament for the first time in 10 years. readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.