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Spieth upstages Woods, takes lead in San Diego

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Jordan Spieth assesses a putt on the ninth green during the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open in La Jolla, California, on Friday.

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Jordan Spieth totally upstaged playing partner and defending champion Tiger Woods as he charged into a one-shot lead with a flawless display of golf in Friday’s second round of the Farmers Insurance Open outside San Diego.

The US’ Spieth, one of the most exciting young players in the game who was the PGA Tour’s Rookie of the Year last year, fired a nine-under-par 63 on the easier North Course at Torrey Pines, one of two venues hosting the event.

That left him a stroke in front of overnight leader Stewart Cink, who birdied his final hole, the par-five ninth, for a 71 on the brutally difficult South Course. Long-hitting Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts was a further shot back, after a 67.

World No. 1 Woods, seeking an eighth victory at this tournament and a ninth overall at Torrey Pines, failed to birdie a single par-five for the second day in a row as he carded a 71 to finish a distant nine strokes off the pace.

Phil Mickelson, a three-time champion at Torrey Pines, carded a 73, but withdrew from the event due to back pain.

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