Brandt Snedeker shares lead at Torrey Pines

On Friday, all the players flip sides.

Howell was excited about his 66 on the North but explained the transition to the South is like going from junior high to high school.

"The real one is tomorrow," Howell said.

It also leaves open the prospect Woods could go really low on the North and be a significant weekend contender.

That didn't mean you couldn't appreciate some of the North Course story lines.

Long lost Weir, the 2003 Masters champion who has been mired in a horrific slump, would welcome a 66 on a local pitch-and-putt.

Weir, an eight-time PGA Tour winner who has been battling back from a ligament injury to his right elbow, didn't make a cut in the 14 tournaments he entered last year. He is using his top-25 career earnings exemption to play this season.

What has kept Weir going?

"I love the game," he said. "I just love the game. Even as poor as I was playing, I knew it was in there. So if I didn't have the desire to wake up every morning and keep working hard, I wouldn't have done it."

Weir failed to make the cut at last week's Humana Challenge, in part because he made triple bogey on his 36th hole.

"I'm almost there," he said.

chris.dufresne@latimes.com

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