By Phil Dailey
La Jolla County Day senior Anthony Paolucci shot a 1-under 71 on the North Course at Torrey Pines on Friday, giving him a 3-under after two days of the Farmer's Insurance Open.
His two-day total of 3-under was good enough to make the cut in his first PGA Tour event.
As he did Thursday, Paolucci had one or two rough spots along the way, including a double-bogey on No. 6. On the round, he had four birdies, one bogey and the two-stroke setback on the front nine.
On the back nine, Paolucci knew he was likely in contention to make the cut, but he didn't show any nerves, especially on No. 18 where he birdied.
"I just knew if I just kept playing solid I would have a really good chance of making it," he said.
The cut ended up being at 1-under so he made it with a few strokes to spare.
"It is pretty special. I'll probably go celebrate a little bit tonight but I have a tee time tomorrow morning so I have to get ready for that and just go from there," Paulucci said.
Mike Paulucci, who was more than proud, said a few more breaks and who knows, his son could have shot a much lower score.
"He had three putts that could have easily dropped, but at the end of the day it doesn't matter," Mike Paulucci said.
All that matters to the younger Paulucci is that he gets to play two more rounds on the PGA Tour.
Hass takes lead
Bill Hass ended the day atop the leaderboard at 11-under with Anthony Kim not far off at 9-under.
"I got off to kind of a tough start, bogeying on 11, my second hole," Hass said. "But, honestly, I hit a nice shot there, just pulled it a little bit, and it went past the hole, and you really don't have much of a chip from there.
"I think any time you're playing the South, if you get off to a good start and get a couple under, it makes you feel a little better about the place."
Last year's champ Ben Crane is in a seven-way tie for third at 8-under along with Bubba Watson, Hunter Mahan, John Daly, Phil Mickelson, Fredrik Jacobson and Rickie Folwer.
Tiger Woods finished the day at 6-under for the tournament.
"I got off to a good start today," Woods said. I was making some putts, hitting some good shots. I lost it in the middle part of the round and then I got it back in the end.
"You know, it's a round that could have easily slipped away, but I got it back at 16 and 18."