Jon Rahm adores Torrey Pines, the place reminds him of his native Basque country… Once again the San Diego layout pays him back, since the world No. 1 is once again at the forefront of the Farmers Insurance Open.
After 36 holes, Rahm points to 13 under par after a 65 (-7) signed on the north course deemed more accessible. He even offered himself the luxury of scoring three birdies on his last four holes to join Justin Thomas (63 this Thursday) and Adam Schenk (62) at the top of the leaderboard.
Starting from 10, he managed to glean five birdies against a single error (bogey at 18). The worst thing is that the Spaniard has the feeling of being able to figure much lower in terms of score: “ I could have done much better if I had hit more fairways. »
Justin Thomas, he had no complaints with a 63 virgin of the slightest bogey. The American who had not played the Farmers since 2015. He is also looking for a third consecutive Top 5 this season.
Adam Schenk for his part has threaded eight birdies in a row between 4 and 11. At 30, he has never won a single title on the PGA Tour. The worst part is that he only found 4 fairways in this second round… Note that the three leaders all shone on the north course.
The record for the most consecutive birdie streak on the PGA Tour is 9. Adam Schenk was therefore one unit away from this crazy mark.
Tournament over for Paul Barjon. The Frenchman, weighed down by a first day inside (77 on the north course) did a little better on the delicate southern route. But his 74 (+2) of the day is largely insufficient to pass the bar of a cut set at 3 under par. Casually there was better in the stats of the only Blue member of the PGA Tour: 9 fairways out of 14, a little more than a green on two touchdowns in regulation and a stroke gained putting favorable (-2.012) which shows how much more encouraging this second day was.
What else to remember
The Frenchman is not the only one to pack his bags prematurely since Rickie Fowler (who was at the top of the table the day before), Brooks Koepka (and his new blonde dye), Phil Mickelson and even Jordan Spieth are in the same situation. Note also that the 78 from Spieth, who spent the night in the hospital for stomach pain, puts an end to a series of 20 consecutive cuts by the American. Tiger Woods’ record of 122 consecutive cuts was not really in danger…
Bryson DeChambeau also misses the cut for one shot. The bomber once again seemed physically affected over this second lap. His painful wrist resurfacing… BDC is currently still aligned next week in Saudi Arabia.
Leader the day before, Billy Horschel is 12th after this second round. Dustin Johnson signs a new card under par. His 69 pushes him up to 17th place. Defending champion Patrick Reed posts 66 to rank 23rd.