The Farmers Insurance Open did not produce what we expected as world No. 1 Jason Day, No. 3 Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods all missed the cut playing out of the same group on Thursday and Friday. But it did produce a pretty slick leaderboard.
Woods shot 76-72 to miss just the 16th cut of his career. He actually bested Day and Johnson on Friday, much to everyone's surprise. We won't see him again on U.S. soil for a few weeks, though, as he'll play the Dubai Desert Classic next week and the Genesis Open at Riviera in the middle of February.
This tournament produced a stud leader in Justin Rose at 8 under and a bunched up leaderboard with 20 golfers within four of the lead. Let's take a look at who's chasing and how golf's superstars finished out on Friday.
1. Justin Rose (8 under): Rose birdied the last to get one clear of Snedeker and Hadwin.
T2. Adam Hadwin (7 under): Hadwin had a real chance to make some hay on Friday after he shot a 66 on the much tougher South Course on Thursday. He could only muster a 1-under 71, though, but he's in the mix for the second straight week after tossing out a 59 at the Career Builder Challenge last week and nearly winning it on Sunday.
T2. Brandt Snedeker (7 under): Snedeker is apparently the new Woods on this course. Tiger has won this event seven times, and Snedeker is now looking for No. 3 including the one he took last year. Snedeker is near the field lead in putting after two days (to nobody's surprise) and should stay in the hunt all weekend. Only two golfers in the last 40 years have won in consecutive years here: Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.
T4. Ollie Schneiderjans (6 under): The hatless Schneiderjans has the goods to hang with the Daniel Bergers and Justin Thomases of the world. I would not be surprised at all to see the former Georgia Tech star get win No. 1 on Sunday.
T4. Keegan Bradley (6 under): Keegan! Bradley only had two top 10s in 26 starts last season, but he had 10 birdies in the first two days and will play in one of the final three pairings on Saturday.
T49. Phil Mickelson (1 under): Mickelson made birdie at the last to easily make the cut. He's a three-time winner here but likely won't have a shot at No. 4. Still, with Johnson, Day and Woods missing the cut, this tournament needed some star power on the weekend.
MC Dustin Johnson (2 over): Johnson needed to finish par-birdie to make the cut, but he went bogey-par instead. He could not have looked more disinterested down the stretch. Trying to go from Abu Dhabi to San Diego in a week and play well will do that to a man.
MC Rickie Fowler (3 over): Fowler just could not buy a birdie all week. He only made three over the 36 holes he played. He didn't have many blow-up holes, but an ice-cold flat stick was his undoing after a so-so showing in Abu Dhabi last week as well.
MC Jason Day (3 over): I know Day wants to emulate Woods, but he took it a little far on Friday with a missed cut just like his boyhood idol. Day could not have putted worse on Thursday and Friday. No long-term issues, but it was not a good week for him.
Jason Day: 1st world number 1 to miss cut in any PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines (OWGR began in 1986)— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) January 27, 2017
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