January 23, 2014
- Stewart Cink carded a bogey-free 64 to take the lead at Torrey Pines. (Miralle/Getty Images)
Stewart Cink's golf game appears to have turned the corner. There was more proof of that on Thursday at Torrey Pines.
Cink carded a bogey-free, 8-under 64 on the easier North Course to take the first-round lead at the Farmers Insurance Open in La Jolla, Calif. He was one shot ahead of Gary Woodland and two ahead of Jason Day and Tyrone Van Aswegen.
Cink's last victory was the 2009 Open Championship at Turnberry, where he famously defeated Tom Watson in a playoff. So far in the 2013-14 season, Cink has made four of five cuts, with a high finish of T11 at the CIMB Classic.
Tiger Woods rallied to card an even-par 72 on the more difficult South Course, which played almost four shot harder on average.
Phil Mickelson had a 3-under 69 on the North Course while stating that his back locked up a bit.
"I just think I'm getting old," Mickelson said. "And if I overdue it, it just gets a little tight."