January 26 2012
LA JOLLA, Calif. -- The North Course is generally regarded as the more generous of the two at Torrey Pines, and Spencer Levin took full advantage Thursday, making birdie on the 18th hole to shoot a 62.
Levin has a two-stroke advantage over Josh Teater and Rod Pampling, who also played the North and shot a pair of 64s. Bill Haas, who set the pace until he made double bogey on the par-3 sixth, his 15th hole of the day, is also at 8 under with one remaining.
Camilo Villegas, who held a share of the first-round lead last week at the Humana Championship, has finished off a 65 on the North. He's tied with Greg Chalmers, who is also finished, and Kyle Stanley and John Huh, who are through 16 and 15 holes, respectively.
Of the top 14 players on the leaderboard only two are playing on the South Course, which hosted the 2008 U.S. Open. Marco Dawson is 6 under through 17 holes while Marc Turnesa is at the same number through 16.