The “weekend ” is here at Torrey Pines, one day earlier than normal. To avoid a collision with NFL Conference Championship Sunday, the 2023 Farmers Insurance Open is being held Wednesday to Saturday.
Thursday’s second round has come and gone with many big names firmly in contention with two rounds to go.
Jon Rahm was in danger of missing the cut for most of the day before going on a back-nine tear. He played Nos. 5-8 of the North Course at 5 under to get to 4 under for the tournament.
Jason Day was 6 under standing in the 18th fairway of the South Course when his second shot into the par 5 found the water. He was unable to get up and down, but he’s still at 5 under with a chance to win his third Farmers.
Max Homa made four straight birdies on his front nine Thursday to vault to the front page of the leaderboard. He’ll tee off Friday at 6 under, six back of Sam Ryder.
Leaderboard, odds, percent chance to win
|Position||Player||Score||Odds to win||Data Golf percent chance to win|
|1st||Sam Ryder||12 under||(+330)||30 percent|
|2nd||Brendan Steele||9 under||(+650)||17.9 percent|
|3rd||Tano Goya||7 under||(+4500)||1.6 percent|
|T-4||Taylor Montgomery||6 under||(+1000)||6.8 percent|
|T-4||Brent Grant||6 under||(+12500)||0.5 percent|
|T-4||Sahith Theegala||6 under||(+1400)||3.3 percent|
|T-4||Max Homa||6 under||(+750)||7.5 percent|
|T-4||Sam Stevens||6 under||(+6600)||1.2 percent|
|T-4||Vincent Norrman||6 under||(+5000)||1 percent|
|T-10||Jason Day||5 under||(+1400)||3.7 percent|
|T-10||Collin Morikawa||5 under||(+1100)||5.4 percent|
|T-10||Andrew Novak||5 under||(+8000)||0.5 percent|
|T-10||Ben Griffin||5 under||(+4500)||1.3 percent|
Players to watch
Max Homa: Three of the world No. 16’s PGA Tour wins have come in the state of California. He’s struck the ball incredibly well during the second round at the South Course ranking third in SG: Tee to Green. If he can minimize mistakes, Homa has a good chance of catching Ryder over the final two rounds.
Taylor Montgomery: The Tour rookie has been in the mix all season long. Montgomery finished solo fifth last week at The American Express and in all has eight top 20s in nine starts (four top 10s). He can roll the rock with the best of them, so if his putter gets hot, watch out.
Sahith Theegala: The fan-favorite sits at 6 under through two rounds, six back of Ryder. Theegala can make birdies in bunches which is exactly what you need to be able to do to close a large gap. He’s still searching for his first win on Tour.