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Cink’s 8-under-64 sets pace at Torrey Pines

First Round – PGA Tour – Farmers Insurance Open – Torrey Pines – La Jolla, California –

Stewart Cink, the 2009 Open Championship winner, crafted a bogey-free 8-under-64 in the opening round of the PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open near San Diego.

Cink, playing the easier of the two courses in the rotation, was flawless on his round. The 40-year-old last won on tour in 2009 and entered the week as a 175-to-1 long shot at Skybet.com. He has six career PGA Tour victories.

Gary Woodland is second after a 65 – also on the North Course at Torrey Pines which was playing about four shots easier than the weekend host – the famed South Course. Aussie Jason Day is 6-under and tied for third place with several others including countryman Marc Leishman.

The best round on the South Course belonged to Pat Perez, who posted a 5-under tally and sits T-7 after 18 holes.

Pre-tournament headlines and favorites Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson were slow out of the gate in La Jolla during a perfect-weather round. Mickelson (T-17) managed a 3-under round on the North Course, while Woods (T-63) was just eve-par on the South layout.

Expect lots of movement on the leader board Friday when players switch course.

For Cink, he had three Top 10s last season and finished 78th on the Money List making 14 of 22 cuts.

Other Golf News:

  • Rafael Cabrera-Bello (13-under) leads the European Tour’s Commerialbank Qatar Masters through 36 holes by two shots. RCB carded a back-nine 31 to secure the half-way point lead. With two career wins, he contended last week in Dubai early before failing to close out the victory.
  • Lydia Ko and Meena Lee are tied for the lead at the LPGA Tour’s Pure Silk Bahamas Classic after shooting opening round 5-under-68s. Ten players are two back including Stacy Lewis, Jessica Korda and Brittany Lang.
  • Several high-profile players struggled in the opening round at Torrey Pines and must rally to make the cut including last year’s runner-up Brandt Snedeker and Rickie Fowler, who finished T-5 in 2013. Both shot 77 Thursday.
  • Callaway Golf signed a number of players in the “off-season” including Ko, Henrik Stenson, Matteo Manassero and Harris English.
  • Cabrera-Bello, ranked 111th in the world, was a 33-1 pick at Skybet.com to start the week. He last won in 2012 at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. He finished 41st on the Money List last season and 17th in Greens In Regulation percentage.