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Choi & Woodland rise to top after two rounds

By: Andrew McGill

KJ Choi performed very well on the south course in round one and with a better performance on the north course he put himself in the lead after two rounds at the Farmers Insurance Open.

KJ Choi performed very well on the south course in round one and with a better performance on the north course he put himself in the lead after two rounds at the Farmers Insurance Open.

South Korean K.J. Choi and American Gary Woodland both climbed up seven spots on the leaderboard during round two of the Farmers Insurance Open, to grab the lead at nine-under for the tournament.

Choi was at four-under after going through the more difficult south course in round one, but handled the easier north course and went five-under-par. Choi birdied seven times through 18 holes, including the ninth, where he had a really nice approach.

Gary Woodland came into the second round tied with Choi after going four-under on the easier north course but on the harder course, he was even better. Woodland drove the ball well earlier and that gave him easy looks near the ends of the holes. Woodland birdied eight times on the course, five were on the front nine.

Dustin Johnson reaps benefits of north course

Dustin Johnson had a great start to his opening round but on the much tougher south course he struggled on the back nine. Still, he was two-under after the opening round and that positioned him well for a strong push up the leaderboard in round two.

He made that push. On the easier north course, Johnson had the second best round two score in the tournament, going six-under, putting him at eight-under for the tournament and in sole possession of third place. He is just one stroke behind Choi and Johnson.

Johnson did not bogey on the course, drove the ball well and that set him up for fairly easy putts.

Scott Brown remains in the hunt, Andrew Loupe had bad round

The two leaders after round one, Scott Brown and Andrew Loupe, had vastly different performances in the second round of the tournament. Brown followed his six-under performance with a 71, one-under, on the easier north course to remain tied for fourth place. Loupe, though, really struggled on the more difficult south course. He went three-over and dropped 26 spots on the leaderboard. His round one score saved him, but at just three-under now, he has ground to make up.

Phil Mickelson drops 72 spots, misses cut

After coming on strong on the back nine during the first round, Phil Mickelson had a horrible second round and went four-over. It was his worst round at the Farmers Insurance Open since 2012. At one point Mickelson had to play the ball underneath a fence, which led to a double-bogey.

Mickelson bogeyed his last three holes and had no explanation for what happened. It was just a really bad round and he missed the cut, which was set at one-under. Mickelson was one over after two rounds.

Jason Day and Rickie Fowler miss cut

After a terrible first round, Rickie Fowler played better on the south course, but only did enough to get back even, not enough to avoid being cut. He nearly made it. Fowler needed to make a chip-in from a bunker on his last hole, but missed because the ball hit the pin.

Jason Day battled fatigue again and posted a 74, birdieing only once. His illness clearly affected his performance the first two rounds. He looked drained as he finished the tournament two-over after two rounds.

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