Spieth Grabs One-Shot Lead at Torrey Pines
San Diego — Jordan Spieth turned out to be the star attraction Friday playing with Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines.
Spieth again showed game well beyond his 20 years with a 9-under 63 on the North Course, giving him a one-shot lead over Stewart Cink going into the weekend at the Farmers Insurance Open. Cink drilled a 3-wood from 280 yards onto the green at the par-5 ninth on the tougher South Course for a two-putt birdie and a 71.
Woods rarely gets upstaged at Torrey Pines, where his eight professional wins include the 2008 U.S. Open.
But in his first competition in six weeks, Woods hardly looked the part as the defending champion. He did not make birdie on any of the par 5s for the second straight day, and a three-putt bogey on the par-5 ninth hole on the North gave him a 71. He was nine shots behind.
Phil Mickelson’s ailing back wasn’t much better, though Lefty plodded along and shot 73 on the South to finish eight shots out of the lead. Mickelson contemplated pulling out to rest his back, and said only that he would give it a shot today depending on how he felt.
Keegan Bradley, of Woodstock, Vt., shot a 71 and is seven shots back.
Bahamas LPGA Classic
Paradise Island, Bahamas — Jessica Korda took the second-round lead in the season-opening Bahamas LPGA Classic, birdieing four of her last seven holes in high wind for a 7-under 66.
The 20-year-old Korda had an 11-under 135 total on Atlantis Resort’s Ocean Club course. She won the 2012 Women’s Australian Open for her lone LPGA Tour title.
Paula Creamer, playing alongside Korda, was a stroke back after a 65.
Pats Exec Interviews For Dolphins GM Job
Miami — New England Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio has become the eighth candidate to interview for the job of general manager with the Miami Dolphins.
Caserio interviewed on Friday. He rose to the top of the Patriots’ personnel department in 2008 and rebuilt a team that reached the AFC title game this season. He has also been director of pro personnel and receivers coach for the Patriots.
The Dolphins are expected to interview finalists soon, with Titans vice president of player personnel Lake Dawson and Dolphins assistant general manager Brian Gaine considered top contenders. Interviews began Jan. 10 in the search to replace Jeff Ireland.
Dice-K Stays With Mets
New York — Daisuke Matsuzaka is staying with the New York Mets.
The 33-year-old right-hander agreed Friday to a minor league contract and was invited to big league spring training camp next month.
Matsuzaka was 3-3 with a 4.42 ERA for the Mets last year after going 5-8 with a 3.92 ERA in 19 starts for Cleveland’s Triple-A team at Columbus.
He has a 53-40 record with a 4.52 ERA in the major leagues, going 18-3 with a 2.90 ERA in 2008, his second season with Boston. The Red Sox signed him to a $52 million, six-year contract before the 2007 season and paid slightly more than $51.1 million to buy his rights from the Seibu Lions of Japan’s Pacific League.
The Babe’s Watch Coming to Auction
New York — Babe Ruth’s 1923 World Series championship pocket watch, for decades thought to be lost to history, is coming to a New York City auction, where it’s expected to fetch at least $750,000.
Ruth batted .368 and hit three homers in the 1923 World Series as the Yankees won the championship by beating the New York Giants in six games.
It was a pivotal year for the franchise, as it moved into Yankee Stadium and won its first of 27 World Series championships.
The pentagonal gold timepiece is being sold at Heritage Auction’s Feb. 22 sale.
At the time, winning players got watches, which later were replaced by the still-standard rings.
The 14-karat gold timepiece remained with Ruth until shortly before his death from cancer in 1948.
Neureuther Wins World Cup Slalom
Kitzbuehel, Austria — Felix Neureuther of Germany won the slalom of the classic Hahnenkamm event in heavy snow on Friday after first-run leader Marcel Hirscher failed to finish.
Neureuther, who trailed Hirscher by 0.38 seconds, avoided mistakes in his second run and finished in 1 minute, 53.23 seconds.