Guthrie lands two eagles, sits in top 20 after opening round

Posted: Jan. 25, 2013 3:09 am Updated: Feb. 15, 2013 3:15 am


LA JOLLA, Calif. -- Anything Tiger Woods can do, Luke Guthrie can, too.

Well, at least it was that way Thursday.

Guthrie, the Quincy native in his rookie season on the PGA Tour, matched the 14-time major winner by chipping in for eagle on the par-5 sixth hole and carding a 4-under 68 in the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open.

Guthrie and Woods were among 16 golfers tied for 20th, sitting three strokes off the pace set by defending FedEx Cup champion Brandt Snedeker and K.J. Choi.

However, Guthrie did one thing Woods couldn't do. That was put two eagles on his card.

Back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 16 and 17 -- Guthrie began the day on the back nine at the Torrey Pines South Course -- washed away his 2-under start.

Then he found himself 50 yards from the pin on the par-5 18th when he dropped his approach in the center of the green and watched it release into the hole.

It created good momentum as he birdied two of the next three holes before a hiccup on the par-4 fifth hole.

The bogey there was followed up by hitting his second shot into the greenside bunker. Just like Woods had done earlier in the day, Guthrie holed his up-and-down.

Unfortunately, a bogey on the par-4 seventh hole followed.

Still, he's in the hunt, and he's moving to the easier course Friday.

The North Course was decidely easier Thursday as only nine players in the top 35 opened play on the South Course.

That included Woods, who had a double bogey, two bogeys and six birdies to go along with his eagle.

Woods, a seven-time champion at Torrey Pines, was coming off missing the cut last week in an international event.

"Last week's conditions were a lot more difficult and the fairways were narrow and the wind was howling," Woods said. "I felt like I was doing a lot of good things right last week -- unfortunately, only for a few days, but I doing a lot of good things right.

"And I came out here today and basically did the same thing."

Woods three-putted for double bogey on the fourth hole, though he knew he had a pair of par 5s to make up ground.

He did that, and more. He made a 12-footer for birdie, an eagle by holing a bunker shot on the par-5 sixth, and birdie putts on the eighth and ninth holes to get back into the game.

"I made a few mistakes out there, but I made some nice plays as well," Woods said.


-- The Associated Press contributed to this report


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