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Brandt Snedeker picks up where he left off at Torrey Pines

Photo: Kohjiro Kinno/SI

Snedeker is the defending champion at Torrey Pines.

SAN DIEGO -- Brandt Snedeker entered the first day of this week's Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines having posted seven consecutive rounds under par to kick off the 2013 PGA Tour season.

After his impressive effort on Thursday, Snedeker's streak now sits at eight.

Amid overcast skies on a course long dominated by Tiger Woods, Snedeker continued his blistering start to the 2013 campaign with a seven-under 65 on the North Course at Torrey Pines. Snedeker, who won this event in 2012 after a similar first-round performance, was tied for the lead with K.J. Choi, who played the more difficult South Course.

Firing low here is nothing new for the 32-year-old from Nashville. In his six previous starts at Torrey Pines, Snedeker has four top-10s, including last year's win, and a career scoring average of 69.95 over 22 rounds. Snedeker will look to become the first back-to-back champion at the Farmers since Tiger Woods ripped-off four consecutive wins here from 2005-2008.

Whether Snedeker can sustain Thursday's surge remains to be seen. The North Course measures 653 yards shorter and plays considerably easier than its big brother to the south, where Snedeker will spend the next three days.

Snedeker opened Thursday's round with four consecutive pars on the back nine before carding five birdies over his next six holes. That set the stage for a blazing finish, where Snedeker went birdie-birdie-par to conclude his afternoon.

In addition to Snedeker, one golfer to keep an eye on Friday will be 38-year-old Tag Ridings, who aced the par-3 third on Torrey Pines South en route to a first-round 67. Ridings heads to the North Course on Friday.


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