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The Tour Report

January 27 2012

3:13 AM

Tidbits from the first round

LA JOLLA, Calif. -- News and notes from the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open: • Spencer Levin and Kyle Stanley posted matching 62s Thursday on the North Course to take the overnight lead. The lowest opening-round score in tournament history is a 61 by Brandt Snedeker in 2007 on the North Course. • The top 12, and 23 of the top 26, players on the leaderboard all played the North Course Thursday. • John Huh had three eagles today on the North Course. The last time a player made three eagles in a single round on the PGA TOUR: Derek Lamely, 2011 Bob Hope Classic, Round 4. • First-round scoring averages -- North: 69.24, South: 72.84. • Bill Haas led the field with 11 birdies Thursday. He finished his round at 9 under, one shot behind the leaders. • Phil Mickelson matched his second-highest score in this event in 80 total rounds. He also shot 77 in the third round in 1997 • An amateur has made the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open four of the last five years: Jamie Lovemark (2007 and 2008), Gregor Main (2009) and Anthony Paolucci (2011). Jay Hwang a golfer at UCLA is the only amateur in the field. He is tied for 83 at even-par after Round 1 on the South Course. • The Farmers Insurance Open has not produced a first-time TOUR winner since Jay Don Blake in 1991 and has never produced a rookie winner, although Gene Littler won the event as an amateur in 1954.
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