SAN DIEGO — Phil Mickelson had to leave the golf course to play one of his shots at Torrey Pines, an early sign of the exodus Friday in the Farmers Insurance Open.

By closing with three straight bogeys on the easier North Course, Mickelson missed the cut.

At least he was in good company.

Jason Day, the defending champion and No. 2 player in the world, missed the cut for the first time in nearly eight months. Also leaving early was Rickie Fowler, the No. 4 player in the world, who was riding high from his victory five days ago in Abu Dhabi.

Throw in Justin Rose (No. 7 in the world), and another gorgeous day along the Pacific bluffs felt like Black Friday.

Not losing sleep over the surprising departures were Gary Woodland and K.J. Choi, who shared the lead going into the weekend, and Dustin Johnson, who made a risky escape on the one wild tee shot he hit and wound up one shot behind.

Woodland powered his way to a 5-under 67 on the South Course, which he prefers because of his length and the left-to-right shape of his tee shots. Woodland reached two par 5s in two and was just off the green on two other par 5s. He made birdie on all of them to help atone for a few mistakes on the back nine. He had to make a 15-foot putt on the par-5 18th to be the first player to post at 9-under 135.

Choi was a mild surprise, having not won on the PGA Tour in nearly five years. The 45-year-old South Korean shot his 67 on the North Course.

The cut was at 1-under 143.

Mickelson, a San Diego native, never thought that would be an issue. He opened with a 69 on the South and was prepared to take advantage of the short par 5s on the North. Instead, he sliced his second shot so badly on the par-5 18th (his ninth hole) that officials had to measure to make sure it was not out-of-bounds. He wound up with a double bogey, then finished with three straight bogeys for a 76 and a 1-over total.

LPGA: Megan Khang shot a 5-under 68 in windy conditions at Paradise Island, Bahamas, for a share of the lead in the season-opening Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, her first event as a tour member.

Khang, 18, eagled the par-5 fourth hole and had four birdies and a bogey to match England’s Charley Hull and Japan’s Haru Nomura at 8-under 138. Khang, from Rockland, Massachusetts, tied for sixth at Q-school in December to earn a tour card.

Hull and Nomura each shot 70.

Defending champion Sei Young Kim was a stroke back along with Anna Nordqvist, 46-year-old Catriona Matthew and Min Seo Kwak. Kim shot 68, Nordqvist 69, Kwak 70 and Matthew 71.

Michelle Wie missed the cut by a stroke, a day after being stung by a bee on the palm of her right hand. She followed her opening 76 with a 73.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Paul Lawrie held a two-shot lead through three rounds at Doha, Qatar, in his bid to become first three-time champion of the Qatar Masters.

Lawrie, the overnight leader, started the third round with 13 straight pars before making his first birdie on the 14th hole. He picked up another shot on the par-5 18th to finish at 2-under 70.

He was at 13 under, two ahead of Branden Grace, the defending champion.


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