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English leads at Torrey Pines, as Phil misses cut

Weekend Preview –PGA Tour – Farmers Insurance Open –Torrey Pines Golf Club – La Jolla, California –

With weather issues near San Diego, the PGA Tour will roll out split tees in the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open and move up tee times Saturday.

Harris English (10-under) is the 36-hole leader at Torrey Pines Golf Club. He tees off at 9:50 p.m. local time alongside Jhonattan Vegas, a past champion at the Humana Challenge, and five-time PGA Tour winner Nick Watney.

English is bogey-free through two rounds shooting 6-under-66 Friday to assume the half-way lead. He has two career PGA Tour victories – leading both events after 36 holes. But, this would be his biggest victory to date.

English, who finished T-3 at the Sony Open in January, was a 55-to-1 betting pick to start the tournament, according to www.skybet.com. He is 70th in the Official World Golf Ranking and eyes the opportunity to qualify for the WGC-Cadillac Championship in March and Masters in April.

Martin Laird is apart of the group at T-2 at 8-under and just shots back. Laird opened 66-66 last week in Phoenix before finishing in 5th place.

Look for someone at 6-under and T-6 to make a run on Saturday’s Moving Day. That group features Jimmy Walker, 8th-ranked Jason Day and Ian Poulter. Day was runner-up here last season and finished T-3 in Hawaii earlier this season.

Several high-profile players failed the make the cut including Hall of Fame member Phil Mickelson (74-74). Mickelson, playing his home town in front of his most-loyal fans, struggled around Torrey Pines on the greens logging five three-putts in two rounds. He missed the cut in back-to-back weeks for the first time in more than a decade.

Other Golf news:

  • The Champions Tour’s Allianz Championship boasts a three-way tie at the top of the leader board at 5-under in Boca Raton, Florida after 18 holes featuring Tom Pernice Jr., Bart Bryant and Paul Goydos. Fred Funk and pre-tournament favorite Bernhard Langer are just a shot back of the leaders.
  • Bernd Wiesberger (17-under) leads the European Tour’s Maybank Malaysia Open after 54 holes. At 48th in the world ranking, he is trending with three straight Top 6 finishes and would earn a spot in the Masters with a victory. The 10-1 betting pick is two shots ahead of Alejandro Canizares and three strokes up on defending champion Lee Westwood.
  • Bethpage Black in New York has been awarded the 2019 PGA Championship.
  • Jordan Spieth, who captured the Hero World Challenge  in December and the Australian Open in November, missed the cut in San Diego at 3-over. Several other high-profile players missed the weekend including Luke Donald, 5th-ranked Justin Rose (74-70), FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel and Mickelson.
  • Rolex Ranking No. 2 Inbee Park and Brooke Pancake – both 8-under – lead in the Bahamas as rain and windy conditions are challenging the LPGA Tour field at the Pure-Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic.