Farmers Insurance Open. Cink in Control. January 23 2014
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Stewart knew the South course was playing around four shots harder than the North, so it was important to take advantage. He hasn't won since his British Open title at Turnberry in 2009. ;
"You want to really take advantage of the North Course because it will yield to you a little bit, and the South Course will not. I did a great job of going out there, just playing shot-by-shot, not really getting too caught up in. I have to birdie these holes. As a consequence, I actually made a few birdies and it felt great."
Garry Woodland also took advantage of the North course, carding an opening round of -7 under par 65 to be in second place.
There are four players all tied in third spot at -6 under par after their rounds of 66, they all played the easier North course, Jason Day, Tyrone Van Aswegen, Marc Leishman, and Jim Herman.
For Tiger Woods it was a disaster day, stumbling around the South course in even par 72. Compare that to Par Perez who probably had the best round of the day, shooting an opening round on the more difficult South course of -5 under par 67. Pat won a Junior World Championship at Torrey Pines, by beating some Orange County kid named Tiger Woods. He said it was the best day of his life;
"Best day of my life, I've known him forever. He's always been great to me. He gives me advice here and there, but to beat him that year was fantastic. I've got to hold onto that, so that's about all that I got over him. But it hurts him. I'll you tell, it hurts him."
Phil Mickelson, felt awful, he was coping with a back that locked up on him, initially he thought of retiring from the tournament. He ended up carding an opening -3 under par 69 on the North course;
" Never thought about not starting, but around the turn I thought about maybe taking this week off and seeing if I could get a little bit better. I kind of fought through the back nine and gave myself a chance."