Reed, Noren tied atop Farmers after beating rain

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SAN DIEGO — Patrick Reed birdied his first three holes and performed with a bogey-free 8-below 64 on Thursday for a portion of the lead with Alex Noren after the first spherical of the Farmers Insurance Open.

Reed, Noren and Scottie Scheffler — who become one stroke again — all played Torrey Pines’ more uncomplicated North Route and can play the South Route on what might possibly well perhaps also be a wet Friday. Heavy rain become forecast for in a single day and into the 2d spherical on the municipal route overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Peter Malnati and Ryan Palmer every shot 66 for the bottom rankings on the South Route and were in a neighborhood of 12 at 6 below. Malnati capped his spherical with an eagle on the par-5 18th. After a 321-yard tee shot, he hit his methodology to 16 toes and made the putt.

Reed took income of nice climate and proper tee pictures to construct up off to the modern launch. Beginning on No. 10, he birdied the first three holes sooner than making his first par. He closed with a flourish as smartly, with birdies on his 15th, 16th and 17th holes.

“I set myself in space lately the set I had to lumber out realizing that we’ll build up pretty loyal stipulations, lumber out and luxuriate in a study to device as many birdies as that it is probably you’ll perhaps think so that you just can roughly climate the storm tomorrow,” Reed acknowledged. “I become able to roughly accumulate off to a hot launch and merely roughly streak momentum going on via the leisure of the spherical and proceed attacking that golf route since that is the one you’ll be able to assault.

“I become hitting the ball off the tee. You luxuriate in got to play from the fairway, shoot a low quantity and assault the route. Namely with what’s coming tomorrow.”

Reed acknowledged the closest he came to a bogey become on the par-4 fourth. He had a 35-foot putt for birdie and rolled it 3 toes to the merely nonetheless saved par.

“That become the closest to a bogey, having a giant gamble for a 3 putt, nonetheless besides that, all the pieces else become pretty easy,” he acknowledged. “For sure it felt easy accessible merely roughly with how I become hitting the motive force, getting the ball within the fairway. I become working it both suggestions, which become nice. It’s not like I had most nice one methodology to lumber. I become able to hit the attracts, hit the fades.”

Noren also started on No. 10. He eagled the par-7 17th and followed it alongside with his most nice bogey. He birdied every other hole on his again 9.

Sheffler, who also played bogey-free, eagled the par-4 16th.

Noren, from Sweden, also took income of nice climate to construct up a low gain on the North Route.

“Yeah, I’m hoping that we’ll not accumulate too flooded within the midst of the evening,” he acknowledged. “But I played the South Route two rounds this week and I know how prolonged it is now, namely when they lengthened some tee containers, set them again. It’s a test. You definitely want some loyal ball placing there, namely in windy stipulations. It’s loyal to construct up some birdies on the North, yeah.”

Defending champion Marc Leishman struggled via a 1-below 71 on the South Route, including a triple-bogey 7 on No. 4.

Rory McIlroy shot a 68 on the South Route and become in a neighborhood of 11 at 4 below. He’s playing the Farmers for the third straight one year and is hoping to file away some psychological notes for the U.S. Open in June, which will be played at Torrey Pines for merely the 2d time.

McIlroy birdied had four birdies on the front 9 nonetheless didn’t accumulate his fifth and closing birdie unless No. 17.

“I did smartly. I acquired off to a large launch, 4-below via 9,” he acknowledged. “Reasonably of disenchanted I didn’t desire up a couple more on the methodology in, namely with the 2 par 5s, not selecting up any pictures there. Yeah, I mediate anytime you shoot 68 on the South Route here that you just might luxuriate in got acquired to be pretty gratified.”

DIVOTS: Kamaiu Johnson, a sponsor exemption from the Advocates Pro Golf Association, withdrew earlier this week from what would luxuriate in been his PGA Tour debut after attempting out sure for COVID-19. He become changed by fellow APGA participant Willie Mack III, who shot a 2-over 74 on the South Route. The APGA become established in 2010 as a non-income group with the mission to bring higher vary to golf. … Richy Werenski aced the par-3 third on the South Route within the midst of his spherical of three-below 69. … Two-time Farmers winner Jason Day become at even par on the flip on the South Route, nonetheless had a double bogey on the par-4 10th and performed with a 4-over 76.

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