Tour Tracker: Spieth charges; Mickelson plays on

Jordan Spieth during the second round of the PGA Tour's 2014 Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego.

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Tiger Woods finished his day nine shots off of the lead after following his opening-round, even-par 72 with a 1-under 71 on Torrey Pines' North course at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Playing alongside Woods, Jordan Spieth moved to the top of the leaderboard – passing first-round leader Stewart Cink with a 63 Friday, as Cink's 71 Friday dropped him a shot back. Nicolas Colsaerts stands third at 8 under after a 67.

Recap the day's highlights right here, including Woods' round – and catch up on our previous coverage this week!

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Update No. 7: 7:07 p.m. EST

Phil Mickelson leaves some doubt as to whether he'll be able to play the weekend after making the cut.

"I'm a little bit unsure – I love this tournament and I want to play here. I love playing in San Diego and this is a place where I grew up playing, so I really want to play," he told Golf Channel. "And part of me also says I'm getting in bad habits and if I hit it in this rough here I've really got an issue, because I've got to swing awfully hard to get it out, and it jars it.

"So I'm a little torn right now on the best plan of action."

But it sure sounds like, once again, Mickelson will err on the side of giving things a go before

"I'd like to get out and play tomorrow, I'm going to tee off early, and see if I can get something hot, get a hot round going and try to make up some ground," he said. "But then I also want to have the big picture in mind, so I'm not quite sure where I'm at yet."

How did he regard his 73 on Friday, considering the pain he had to play through?

"I just can't stand bogeying the last hole with sand wedge in the middle of the fairway; that's a terrible way to finish," he said. "But I probably would have taken it (73) at the start of the round."

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Update No. 6: 6:49 p.m. EST

Bubba Watson, playing the South Course's 18th hole on the projected cut line of even par, lays up on the par 5. It's smart as he knocks a wedge pin high and inside 10 feet, then makes the birdie try to finish at 1 under after a 73. Fellow left-hander Phil Mickelson, also in Watson's group, wraps up a 73 with his fifth bogey of the day; he's 2 under.

Stewart Cink takes aim at the lead one last time, rifling a second shot at the long par-5 ninth on the South Course to about 15 feet. His eagle try misses, however, and he taps in for birdie to reclaim second outright for the night at 9 under, one back of leader Jordan Spieth.

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Update No. 5: 6:32 p.m. EST

First-round leader Stewart Cink is two over for his last four holes, falling from a share of the lead to a share of second with a bogey at No. 8 on the South Course. Cink hadn't bogeyed until the first of those two recent missteps. He's got one last chance at the par-5 ninth to get a shot (or two) back today.

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Update No. 4: 6:06 p.m. EST

Big roar from the crowd as Phil Mickelson birdies No. 16 to erase his bogey and get back to 3 under.

Nicolas Colsaerts heads to the clubhouse in third after his prodigious length is done in by a tee shot in the rough on the 614-yard par-5 ninth on the South Course; he finishes with three straight pars for a bogey-free 67.

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Update No. 3: 5:57 p.m. EST

Charlie Wi, by the way, is able to enjoy the clubhouse atmosphere after holing out on the 18th at the South Course (mobile readers can see the video here). On the cut line at even par before taking aim, his shot from just inside 100 yards got the South Korean to 2 under and surely took the drama out of his post-round meal – or at least gave it a different feel.

Eleven players are on the course at even par, good for T-63 as things stand, with eight more at 1 over among those looking to earn a tee time Saturday.

Meanwhile, Stewart Cink hits his third shot at the par-5 sixth hole inside 10 feet – but just misses the birdie putt to remain 9 under and a shot back of leader Jordan Spieth.

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Update No. 2: 5:48 p.m. EST

Ailing back and all, Phil Mickelson is looking good to make the cut here. At 3 under through 14, the left-hander misses the fairway at the South Course's long par-4 15th before using a big cut to reach a greenside bunker from the trees and earn a chance to scramble for par. But a sand save proves elusive after a bunker shot well left of the pin, leading to a putt he can't convert.

Stewart Cink bogeys No. 5 at the South Course; with four holes to play, he falls to 9 under, a shot behind Jordan Spieth, with Nicholas Colsaerts in third at 8 under with one to play on the South.

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Update No. 1: 5:28 p.m. EST

Jordan Spieth's 63 vaulted him into a tie for the lead as he headed to the clubhouse Friday; he's alongside Stewart Cink, who just parred No. 4 on the South Course to remain 10 under.

Spieth credited a change in his putting stance as helping him improve by eight shots over his first-round scorecard.

"I changed a little bit, put my weight more on my front foot today, noticed that was kind of causing a tendency to push it on the short putts for me; I was more stable over the ball," he told Golf Channel, adding that it's an improvement that can translate to the third round as well. "The South Course is a different animal than that North Course. So I just want to play exactly like I played it yesterday. If I'm putting a little better on that course, I can still shoot 3 or 4 under and that's a great score. It's a U.S. Open-type venue, so I've got to keep the ball in the fairway."

And how was it playing alongside Tiger Woods this week? Just fine, Spieth said.

"He's easy to play with, talks to us; same with Jimmy (Walker), they're both very easy, fun guys to play with," Spieth said. "We all played with some good speed, kept the tempo up. I just played my game, wasn't looking at the scoreboard . . . really didn't know where I was at until No. 9."

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Hole #9: Par 5, 538 yards

Jordan Spieth drained another birdie putt at No. 8 and has moved to 10 under, tied with Stewart Cink for the lead. Tiger needs a birdie to finish to post a round in the 60s and hope he can make a move on Saturday.

Off the tee: Tiger takes driver here and again sends it wide right and over the gallery. That's the fourth time today.

Second shot: Tiger hits a fairway metal out of the rough, only to find more rough on the opposite side of the fairway.

Approach shot: Likely going to be looking at another par after his third shot finds the back of the green, leaving himself 30 feet for birdie.

On the green: Tiger takes a firm run at the hole, running over the top of it and leaves himself 8 feet to save par. And he misses the comebacker and picks up his first bogey of the day to fire a 1-under 71.

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

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Hole #8: Par 4, 436 yards

Tiger is back to being eight off the lead after Stewart Cink regains the lead at 10 under with a birdie on No. 10 on the South Course.

Off the tee: The big stick here, and it finds the very long rough on the right.

Approach shot: From the very deep rough, Tiger uses 9-iron from 150 yards and lands it about 30 feet right of the cup.

On the green: Tiger's birdie putt comes up 4 feet short, never looking firm enough off the face. He does knock in this par putt to remain eight back and comfortably inside the cut line.

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

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Hole #7: Par 4, 400 yards

Jordan Spieth is grabbing the spotlight in this featured group, moving into a share of the lead with his eighth birdie of the day at No. 6. Tiger trails by seven shots.

Off the tee: With 3-wood, Tiger finds a fairway bunker. The last two 3-woods have been offline and left him scrambling for par.

Approach shot: Tiger hits a high shot out of the bunker, but comes up just short of the green and into some greenside rough.

Around the green: Nice chip shot from Tiger here, nearly holing out and tapping in a 2-footer for par.

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

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Hole #6: Par 3, 206 yards

Jordan Spieth seems to be enjoying his pairing with Tiger, as he is 7 under on his round.

Off the tee: Tiger hits a nice tee ball and leaves himself with about 20 feet for birdie.

On the green: Tiger watches Spieth drain a 25-footer to move into a tie for the lead, and then he misses his 20-footer to the right of the hole and settles for a par - again.

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

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Hole #5: Par 4, 411 yards

Tiger has five holes and he realistically needs two or three birdies to get back into contention heading into Saturday.

Off the tee: With 3-wood in hand, Tiger gets a bad kick in the fairway and it runs into the rough on the right.

Approach shot: From 160 yards, Tiger leaves it at least 50 feet under the hole.

On the green: Tiger's first putt has the right distance, but is offline and leaves himself about 3 feet to save par. He knocks that in for another par.

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

Elsewhere on the course: Jordan Spieth picks up his seventh birdie of the round and is now just one off the lead at 8 under.

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Hole #4: Par 4, 434 yards

Tiger is playing solid, but not spectacular golf. This type of play is expected on the South Course, where the course is historically tougher. Playing the North Course is usually an opportunity to make a big move.

Off the tee: With driver, Tiger smashes it down the middle of the fairway.

Approach shot: With a wedge, Tiger hits a nice shot to about 12 feet behind the hole.

On the green: Tiger thought he had this one, but the ball slides over the front lip of the hole and he taps in for a par. That one looked good from all angles.

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

Elsewhere on the course: Phil Mickelson misses a 6-footer for par on No. 7 on the South Course, picking up his third bogey of the day against one birdie and is now 1 under for the tournament, just a shot above the current cut line. Meanwhile, Stewart Cink picks up his first birdie of the day and is now tied with Marc Leishman for the lead at 9 under. Jordan Spieth also adds his sixth birdie of the day after his approach at No. 4 settled less than 2 feet from the hole. He's now just two off the lead.

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Hole #3: Par 3, 178 yards

Tiger does not seem to be in attack mode, instead he is in scramble mode. He is bogey-free at this point, but two birdies on the North Course won't cut it in terms of making a run at the leaders.

Off the tee: With 8-iron, Tiger stares it down, but only because he was hoping to avoid the rough, which he doesn't. Scrambling again.

Around the green: From the deep rough, Tiger hits a nice chip to about 3 feet under the hole.

On the green: Tiger knocks this one in for another par.

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

Elsewhere on the course: While Tiger sputters a bit on the North Course, Jordan Spieth has taken advantage by going 5 under through his first 12 holes and is now just three off the lead at 6 under.

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Hole #2: Par 4, 326 yards

That last one will leave a mark for Tiger, who has played seven par-5s this week without a birdie.

Off the tee: Tiger decides to pull driver here and get after the green, but it sails well right of the gallery.

Approach shot: Hitting in between trees and on the other side of the cart path, Tiger actually scares the hole before it runs off the green. Tiger's third shot settles about 6 inches from the cup for an easy par, but another opportunity missed.

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

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Hole #1: Par 5, 520 yards

Tiger will need to blitz his final nine holes to try and get closer to leader Marc Leishman heading into the weekend. A 2-under 34 on his first nine was solid, but he left two or three shots out there.

Off the tee: Tiger seems to have had figured out his driver, as he finds the right side of the fairway to give himself a shot at the green in two.

Second shot: Tiger gives it a good ride to the green, but it leaks out to the right and finds the rough. Will need to get up-and-down for birdie.

Around the green: Tiger's chip runs past the hole, leaving 6 feet for a birdie.

On the green: Tiger is a bit upset after this one, as the ball is pulled to the left of the hole and that's a second consecutive par for Tiger, who has yet to birdie a par 5.

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

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Hole #18: Par 5, 485 yards

Two critical holes coming up for Tiger, as he moves to two consecutive par-5s.

Off the tee: Big driver here that glides down the throat of the fairway.

Second shot: Tiger takes long iron and finds the back of the green to set up a long eagle putt.

On the green: Tiger sends his eagle attempt about 6 feet past and then misses the comebacker, settling for a par behind three-putt.

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

Elsewhere on the course: Phil Mickelson drops his first shot of the day with a bogey at the par-3 3rd hole on the South Course and is now 2 under for the tournament. Meanwhile, Marc Leishman adds another birdie to take the outright lead at 9 under, one clear of Stewart Cink.

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Hole #17: Par 3, 172 yards

A missed opportunity there for Tiger at 16, but has managed to move up to T-29 after starting the day at T-65.

Off the tee: Safely aboard here for Tiger and he'll have about 20 feet for birdie.

On the green: For the third time, Tiger scares the hole with a longer birdie putt, but settles for another par.

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

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Hole #16: Par 4, 338 yards

While he has yet to birdie a par 5 this week, Tiger has taken advantage of two short par-4s today to start a move up the leaderboard.

Off the tee: Well, that's two in a row, as Tiger finds another fairway at this short par 4.

Approach shot: Another wedge here for Tiger, and he gets it in birdie range.

On the green: Tiger doesn't convert here, settling for a two-putt par.

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

Elsewhere on the course: Playing with Tiger, Jordan Spieth is 3 under on his round to move to 4 under on the tournament.

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Hole #15: Par 4, 397 yards

On a day that started with promise, Tiger is scrambling to simply stay inside the cut line right now.

Off the tee: Alright, a fairway hit here for Tiger, finding the short grass for the first time in five attempts.

Approach shot: Tiger uses wedge and gets it inside 10 feet.

On the green: Amazing what a fairway hit does, as Tiger drains this birdie putt to move further up the leaderboard and is six off the lead.

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

Elsewhere on the course: Phil Mickelson is playing the more difficult South Course today and opens with a par to remain at 3 under. Meanwhile, on the South Course, Marc Leishman birdies No. 14 to move into a tie for the lead at 8 under. Take a look at Leishman's birdie:

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Hole #14: Par 5, 507 yards

Tiger seems to be firing on all cylinders, with the exception of his tee balls, which are leaving him in scrambling mode on the par-4s.

Off the tee: Well, that's 0-for-4 on fairways hit for Tiger, as he pushes his tee ball here well to the right and into the gallery again.

Second shot: Tiger can actually give it a go here, but the ball goes a bit left and will need an up-and-down for birdie.

Around the green: His third shot fails to get to the green and he'll need to scramble to just make par. His fourth shot gets him close enough for another one-putt.

On the green: A par that will likely upset Tiger here, as he needs to take advantage of the par-5s today.

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

Elsewhere on the course: Marc Leishman and Pat Perez have both moved to 7 under, just one shot back of Stewart Cink. Perez opened with back-to-back birdies on the North Course, while Leishman is 1 under through four holes on the South Course.

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Hole #13: Par 4, 430 yards

That's two birdie bombs that scared the hole for Tiger, who remains in the red today.

Off the tee: Tiger is now 0-for-3 on fairways hit after missing to the right here.

Approach shot: And he misses his second green of the day here, finding a bunker on the left.

Around the green: Nice bunker shot here, leaving it about 5 feet under the hole.

On the green: His third one-putt of the day saves par and Tiger heads to the first par 5 of the day.

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

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Hole #12: Par 3, 234 yards

Tiger looks a bit off on the tee thus far today, but is scrambling to give himself a chance to make something happen.

Off the tee: Tiger has to use fairway wood here and he finds the green.

On the green: From just about 30 feet, Tiger's birdie attempt slips past and he picks up another easy par.

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

Elsewhere on the course: Phil Mickelson, despite his injury he sustained on Thursday, will tee it up today and give it a go. We'll keep you updated on his round.

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Hole #11: Par 4, 437 yards

That was a statement opening for Tiger, who will need to take advantage of damp conditions on the easier of the two courses.

• Off the tee: He chooses driver here and it pushes well to the right and into the gallery.

Approach shot: Solid recovery shot here, as he does manage to find the front fringe.

On the green: Tiger takes putter from the fringe and nearly drops it, but settles for par.

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

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Hole #10: Par 4, 416 yards

Tiger plays the North Course today after a lackluster even-par 72 on Thursday leaves him with plenty of work to do today. He currently trails Stewart Cink by eight shots and is right on the cut line to start the day.

Off the tee: No driver here and he sends it a bit left into the primary rough at the short par 4.

Approach shot: From the rough, Tiger sticks his approach shot inside 5 feet at the opening hole.

On the green: An opening birdie here for Tiger as he moves into red figures for the tournament.

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

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Two WDs

Rocco Mediate has withdrawn from the Farmers Insurance Open due to a left hip injury. Mediate fired a 2-over 74 on Thursday.

Freddie Jacobson also withdrew after an opening 9-over 81.

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Thursday coverage

5 Things: Cink leads; Perez, locals shine; Woods 8 back; more

Stewart Cink might have the first-round lead after carding an 8-under 64 on the easier of Torrey Pines two courses Thursday, but a proper assessment can't be made until after two rounds are in the books at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Hurt back has Mickelson's status at Farmers in question

It was a beautiful day for a walk – and that’s exactly what Phil Mickelson chose to do after hitting his tee shot at the par-4 second hole in Thursday’s first round of the Farmers Insurance Open.

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Pre-tournament coverage

Woods, Mickelson diverge at Torrey Pines' South Course

One man’s playground is another’s thorn bush when Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson come to Torrey Pines’ South Course.

Phil Mickelson isn't lacking for confidence heading into Farmers

If you’re a Phil Mickelson fan and approach 2014 with anxiety, thinking the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 represents his best (and perhaps last) chance to secure the career Grand Slam, breathe easy. Lefty’s got you covered with an abundance of confidence.

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