GOLF Magazine's Alan Bastable is here to blog the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open, where Phil Mickelson is making his 2010 season debut. Join in the discussion by leaving a question or comment below. Leaderboard | Round 1 Photos | Torrey Pines Map | TV Schedule6:00 p.m. OK, get me out of here. Phil's off the course and Faldo's doing weird air traffic controller impressions. Enjoy the weekend, and please join us for lots more live-blogging action as the season unfolds.
5:51 p.m. Forget the golf. I could wile away an afternoon watching beauty shots of the San Diego coast. (Even with Kelly Tilghman's sappy scene setting.) 5:47 p.m. He flies his chip to the back-left corner of the green then bends home a right-to-left swinger from 30 feet. Classy finish. All hail Dave Stockton. 5:41 p.m. Phil pulls his hybrid second at the par-5 ninth (his 18th hole) into the right rough 40 yards short of the green. If he can get it up and down, he'll jump to 7-under, just four back. Good spot for the weekend. 5:34 p.m. Crane's in the clubhouse!5:33 p.m. Lefty chides himself after hitting a wretched chip at the 8th. "Phil, are you kidding me?" he says after running it some 30 feet past the hole. His response? He drains the putt. Standard Phil par. 5:28 p.m. Cut is still 2-under. 5:25 p.m. Ben Crane, just three off the lead, prepares for a wedge shot at the 9th on the South Course (his 18th hole). Even money says he finishes his round before dark. 5:20 p.m. Seriously, you need to see the Farmers blimp. So uninspired.5:18 p.m. Lefty's birdie try from seven feet at the 7th hits a speed bump (that's poa for you), kicks right and misses the hole by four inches. He makes the five-foot comebacker for his par. He stays at 6-under, five off the pace. Disappointing front nine for Phil -- just one birdie, back at the second.5:12 p.m. Palmer couldn't identify his ball at the 7th, sending him back to the tee. Chalk him up as doubtful for the weekend.5:09 p.m. Nice job by the Golf Channel digging up a clip of Faldo scurrying up a tree at a Tour event years ago. Metal spikes aided the climb, Faldo quipped. 5:06 p.m. Ryan Palmer, a winner already this season, has a helluva predicament at the 7th hole on the North Course. (Palmer is at even-par.) His ball is wedged like a bird's egg between two branches 30 feet up a tree. Question is, can he identity it? Seems there are other balls wedged up there, too. Will keep you posted. Hey, there's SI photographer Robert Beck! Should make for a fun pic. 5:00 p.m. Finally, the GC shows Fowler -- putting out on 18. Don't get that. Maybe it had something to do with his shockingly bright -- and I do mean BRIGHT -- all-red outfit. The kid could light up a small village. 4:56 p.m. Peter Kostis notes the duller grooves may help is some situations, because some players have a tendency too much zip on their wedge shots, particularly full swings. Exhibit A: Mickelson.4:52 p.m. Phil knocked his second at the par-3 6th to seven feet and rolled in his par putt. Superb save.4:50 p.m. Thanks to reader Artie for turning my attention to Michael Sim, who has nine birdies and just one bogey through 14 holes on the North Course. Sim (...ply the best) has soared to 8-under for the tournament.4:45 p.m>. "That's Phil's bad shot," Faldo says as Lefty flares a 6-iron off the tee at the par-3 6th. Missed the green short and left by some 40 yards. Dreadful. 4:40 p.m. Oh, and his compatriot Stuart Appleby won't.4:38 p.m. Not-so-fearless prediction: Allenby will win a major this year. (He at least warrants a mention among the best players never to have done so.)4:34 p.m. Jim Gary catches up with Scott McCarron, who didn't exactly back down from his comments, but didn't repeat the "c-word" either. "I think [Phil and others] are taking unfair advantage of the rules," he said. "It sure looks bad." McCarron also said that he blames the Tour and Ping for not doing more to close the loophole. (I agree.) "I think this will be changed," McCarron said. "It won't be legal by the end of the year."4:29 p.m. Lefty rolls home a 5-foot tickler for par at the fifth. He's at 6-under.4:20 p.m. Hank Haney's next project: Ray Romano. (You know, because his work with Sir Charles was such a smashing success.) I'd rather watch Haney straighten out these clowns: 4:20 p.m. Jim Gray chats with co-leader D.A. Points (-11), who said he just put a new TaylorMade driver in his bag. "I could not NOT hit it in the fairway," Points gushed. I know the feeling, D.A. Nothing better. 4:13 p.m. "Hey, Scott McCarron," writes reader Brian, "Scoreboard, buddy. Seriously, how can it be
"cheating" if they are using a club that is specifically legal to play?"I'm with you, Brian, and my guess is McCarron will temper his comments when given a chance (he'll be mobbed by reporters after his round). Phil ain't "cheating." His wedge is legal. The issue some guys have is that it violates the "spirit" of the game. And you know golfers, they take their spirits seriously. BTW, McCarron is 1-under with one hole to play. He'll likely need a bird to play the weekend.
’ll provide hole-by-hole updates of Kenny G. If the Tour revokes his credential, Shipnuck is threatening to tweet from a rowboat in Stillwater Cove. The man is incorrigible.