Farmers Insurance Open golfers are greeted by smaller gathering as Billy Horschel takes first-round lead – La Jolla Light

The opening stage of 2022’s Farmers Insurance Open is in the books and the player at the top of the leaderboard was not technically the top player on the field that day in the Torrey Pines Golf Club. Torrey Pines.

If it’s not clear and confusing, it’s not. Billy Horschel leads the tournament with a stunning nine-under 63 performance in the North Course, which was playing 3.5 strokes more easily that on the South Course, where Jon Rahm was 6 under to be the top player on the harder course.

The crowd was not as busy during the Farmers Insurance Open last year.

So quiet that , at midday, during the second round in the clubhouse of the La Jolla’s Torrey Pines Golf Course, an official at the 13th tee on the North Course’s tee box was heard chewing at potato chips. The bag’s creak could be heard echoing across the course as well as through the canyons.

However, this year people returned to Farmers on January. 26 following a one-year absence caused by pandemics.

“Welcome back” was the very first word that came to come out of the mouth of starter Tony Perez.

Around 100 people gathered at the South Course’s tee on the first hole as Perez announced the group that he was leading. The group was the son of his, Pat Perez, who put a stripe on his tee shot in order to begin started on the PGA Tour tournament underway

We’ll discuss Rahm and the dominance he has on the course in a moment, but for now we’ll take a review of Horschel’s impressive start on the course in San Diego.

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Even though it was at a time when the average score fell into the 60s, the score of Horschel was still remarkable. More impressively the fact that it was almost not happening in any way. Horschel revealed during playing that he’s having a difficult time with a back which loosened enough to allow him to play the “no expectation” round, which led to his climb into the lead on the table.

How do you rate 9 under in this round following Round 1? Five players placed second at the tournament last year were nine under during the course. That means that if Horschel can play even-par golf for the rest of the week it’s likely that he’ll have a chance to win the Saturday after.

“I made a really good shot,” said Horschel. “I believe the longest putt I ever made was likely in my 2nd hole. I putted from around 25 feet or maybe 20-25 feet. All else was within 10 feet and inside 15 feet. I hit some great iron shots that I’ve struggled with these past few years. My iron game is really hindering me It was great to observe certain aspects of what like I mentioned, we put in last week, come to fruition this week.”

Torrey isn’t an area in which Horschel usually excels. He is on the South Course less that the PGA Tour average — however, if he can continue to flush his irons and he’s able to be in an angle of protection and avoid unnecessary risk on the punitive course over the next three rounds.

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