Snedeker and Choi out in front
Last updated: 26th January 2013
Defending champion Brandt Snedeker and Korean KJ Choi top the leaderboard after the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open.
Snedeker shot a bogey-free seven-under-par 65 on the North course, while Choi birdied three of his last four holes on the tougher South Course for his 65.
The duo lead a large group of eight players by one shot - Adam Hadwin, Josh Teater, Luke List, Billy Horschel, Charles Howell III, Mike Weir, Scott Stallings and Englishman Ross Fisher.
England's David Lynn shot a 67 on the north course to join a 10-strong group at five under that includes Tag Ridings, who provided the day's highlight with a hole in one on the par-three third.
Tiger Woods was a shot further back on four under after an opening 68. It was looking like being a much better round than that before he missed three straight putts inside 12 feet late in his round.
"Last week's conditions (in Abu Dhabi, where he missed the cut) were a lot more difficult and the fairways were narrow and the wind was howling," Woods said. "I felt like I was doing a lot of good things right last week -- unfortunately, only for a few days, but I am doing a lot of good things right. And I came out here today and basically did the same thing.
"I made a few mistakes out there, but I made some nice plays as well."
Snedeker was at a loss to explain why he seems to play so well at Torrey Pines.
"It's funny, you look at all the golf courses I should play well on, this should not be one of them," Snedeker said. "This is a long, difficult golf course with lots of rough and hitting a lot of iron shots. My strength is driving and putting, so it doesn't really add up well around here.
But for some reason, it's been good to me."
Some other notables at four under alongside Woods included Ryo Ishikawa and Vijay Singh, while the likes of Nicolas Colsaerts, Robert Karlsson, Hunter Mahan, Nick Watney and Dustin Johnson followed on three under.
Phil Mickelson could no better than an opening level-par 72 on the north course.
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