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Viktor Hovland birdied his final for a 7-under 65 on Torrey Pines’ difficult South Course on a rainy, unpleasant Friday, offering him a one-shot lead after 2 rounds of the Farmers Insurance Open.

Hovland finished his round after play resumed following a suspension of about an hour due to wind and rain on the blufftop community course neglecting the Pacific Ocean.

The 23- year-old Norwegian closed with a 7-foot birdie putt on the par-5 ninth to reach 9 under.

Hovland leads a group of six at 8 under, including first-round co-leader Patrick Reed and Jon Rahm, who won this tournament in 2017 and completed second to Marc Fleishman last year.

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Reed shot an even-par 72 on the South Course a day after shooting an 8-under 64 on the much easier North Course. Rahm shot a 5-under 67 on the North Course.

Likewise at 8 under were Tony Finau, who had a 5-under 67 on the North; Ryan Palmer, who carded a 2-under 70 on the North; Adam Scott, who had a 3-under 69 on the South; and Lanto Griffin, who shot 2-under 70 on the South.

The weather condition is expected to clean up for the weekend rounds on the South Course. The course will host the U.S. Open in June for simply the 2nd time.

Hovland lives in Stillwater, where he dipped into Oklahoma State. He said he’s been practicing there recently.

” That’s assisted me for this week. It got actually cold, certainly drizzling and hail, so being Norwegian I think that also assists,” he stated. “I just played truly strong and made some putts.”

He had just one bogey, on the par-4 15 th.

Hovland, who won the Puerto Rico Open last year for his first tour victory, stated he has confidence entering into the weekend.

” I think particularly playing a hard course like the South Course, you can’t really fake it, specifically in these conditions,” he stated. “Playing a hard golf course and then playing well, that I think is what offers me the supreme kind of belief that I played really well today. You simply can’t truly phony it. However it’s another day tomorrow and we’ve got 2 more rounds left, so it’s certainly not going to roll over and provide anything to you.”

Rahm likewise had simply one bogey. He said it was much more tough Friday than the opening round, which was played in nice weather condition.

” Those fairways are narrow enough as it is. When you begin adding the side wind, it’s just not fun,” Rahm said.

” I can’t truly worry how hard it can get,” he included. “North is simpler. South today is ruthless, I mean definitely harsh. Every shot passes over there. Even being on the fairway some shots are not easy and with this wind and rain being available in and out, for those who played the North today, we need to be really lucky to play that course today.”

Rahm shot a 3-under 69 on the South Course on Thursday.

DIVOTS: San Diegan Phil Mickelson birdied his last two holes to simply make the cut at 1 under. He shot par on the South. … Another San Diegan, Xander Schauffele was at 2 under after shooting par on the South. … Rory McIlroy shot 1-under 71 on the North and was a 5 under. … Notables missing out on the cut were Jordan Spieth, who shot 3-over 75 on the South, and two-time Farmers champion Jason Day, who followed a 4-over 76 on the South with a par 72 on the North.

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