Golf News: Farmers Insurance Open Round 1 Recap

Round 1 of the 2014 Farmers Insurance Open is officially in the books. With the field split between the North and South courses, the low scores came almost exclusively from the North Course. Nearly four shots separated the averages from the two courses, with the South averaging 74.449, and the North averaging 70.526. Let’s take a look at what the field looked like today.

For Stewart Cink, it was nothing but Birdies and smiles as he went on to shoot a 64 to go 8-under par putting him at the top of the leaderboard. Cink did not bogey a single hole in his round. Right below him was Gary Woodland who shot a 65. Woodland is famous for hitting the ball from earth to the moon and back. It comes in handy for shorter par 5’s where Woodland is always thinking of making Eagle. Tiger Woods made his 2014 debut on the PGA Tour after taking some time off to be with his girlfriend Lindsay Vonn. Unfortunately, Woods failed to break par and shot an even round of 72. Woods commented on his round,

Even par is not too bad, but I didn’t play the par 5s worth a darn today,” Woods said. “Obviously, that’s (tantamount) to try to get any kind of scoring on the South Course. You’ve got to take care of the par 5s because there’s not a lot of holes you can make birdie here. Subsequently, I didn’t finish under par.-PGATour.com

Woods currently sits at T63. Phil Mickelson faced some adversity throughout his round, as he struggled to pick up any birdies. Not only was he battling the course, but also a bad back. After the round, Mickelson said he thought about taking the week off to heal up.

“Never thought about not starting, but around the turn I thought about maybe taking this week off and seeing if I could get a little bit better,” he said. “I kind of fought through the back nine and gave myself a chance.”-PGATour.com

Lefty held himself together and shot a 69 to go 3-under for the day. Some other notable players that had interesting rounds include Australia’s Jason Day and Marc Leishman both shooting 66’s to go 6-under par. A shocking score from a well-rounded player came from Brandt Snedeker  who shot a 77 to go 5-over par, putting him at T136. Round 2 tee times kick off at 9:00am PST. Let us know who you’re rooting for in this year’s tournament in the box below. We want to hear your feedback throughout each tournament.

Stay locked into Bunkers Paradise as we continue to bring you updates, breaking news and a final recap of this year’s Farmers Insurance Open.

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