January 24 2013
LA JOLLA, Calif. -- Jimmy Walker has just eagled the ninth hole on the North Course to take sole possession of the lead during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open.
Walker birdied the first hole, which is also a par 5, and picked up a birdie at the seventh hole to turn in 4 under. He's one shot ahead of Nicolas Thompson, Bryce Molder, Martin Flores, Luke List and defending champ Brandt Snedeker.
Of that group only Flores is playing the South Course.
The group at 2 under includes 17 players, including major champions Vijay Singh and Trevor Immelman, as well as Scott Stallings, who narrowly missed the playoff on Sunday at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation when he hit his second shot on the 72nd hole in the water and made bogey.
Tiger Woods, a six-time winner of the Farmers Insurance Open, rolled in a 25-footer for birdie on his first hole and remains 1 under through three. Phil Mickelson is even through eight after two birdies and a pair of bogeys.
Woods is playing the South Course while Mickelson is on the North.