Scott Brown birdied his last hole for a 30 on the front nine, a 6-under 66 and a share of the lead Thursday in the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego.
Only it felt much better for Brown. He played on the tough South Course at Torrey Pines, which was 2½ strokes harder than the North Course where Andrew Loupe shot his 66 in the opening round.
Phil Mickelson salvaged a rough start when he made double bogey on the second hole, the second-easiest par 4 on the South. But he stayed patient, made six birdies and wound up with a 69.
Jason Day had a 72 on the North Course. Rickie Fowler, who won last week in Abu Dhabi, had a 73 on the North Course.
Michelle Wie was stung by a bee Thursday in the season-opening Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic on Paradise Island, and second-ranked Inbee Park withdrew because of back pain after the second-worst round of her LPGA Tour career.
Wie was stung on the palm of her right hand on the 16th hole, her seventh of the day at the windy Ocean Club. She finished with a 3-over 76 to fall 8 strokes behind first-round leaders Paula Creamer, Charley Hull, Alison Lee, Ashlan Ramsey, Catriona Matthew, Mika Miyazato and Haru Nomura.
“I was waiting to hit my tee shot and I felt something sting and it hurt really, really bad and I knew it was a bee,” Wie said. “I brushed it away and the stinger was still in there. We were trying to find a tweezer and out of all the people, our security guy had tweezers on him, so I got it out.”
Jordan Spieth showed no signs of fatigue on the latest leg of his globe-trotting tour, taking a share of the lead at the Singapore Open.
The top-ranked player began with a birdie at Sentosa Golf Club and birdied three of his last 10 holes to finish a bogey-free round of 4-under 67.
He shared the clubhouse lead with An Byeong-hun of South Korea, the next highest-ranked player in the field at 26 in the world.
Spieth, who has played his past five tournaments in five different countries, turned to his manager Jay Danzi to carry his bag after his longtime regular caddie Michael Greller injured an ankle in Abu Dhabi last week.
Paul Lawrie benefited from a putting tip off a friend in shooting a 6-under 66 at the Qatar Masters in Doha, giving the former British Open champion a 1-shot lead after the second round.
Lawrie, 47, followed up a first-round 67 to move to 11-under par, a stroke clear of Nicolas Colsaerts (68).
Lawrie missed the cut last week in Abu Dhabi and received putting advice from fellow Scottish player Marc Warren, who said Lawrie’s stroke was too long and slow.
Lawrie, who rolled in seven birdies Thursday, said “I’ve been working on it the last couple of days and certainly feels as though I’ve got it.”
Sergio Garcia was in a five-way tie for sixth place after a 66. Joint first-round leader Louis Oosthuizen shot 73 and was 5 strokes back.
John Merrick and Martin Flores kicked off the Web.com Tour season with 5-under 65s to take a share of the lead at the Panama Claro Championship in Panama city.
Tour officials halted first-round play because of darkness at 6:35 p.m.
Brad Fritsch, Steven Alker, Curtis Thompson, Keith Mitchell, Andrew Svoboda, Jason Allred and Len Mattiace were tied for third.