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Gary Woodland and K.J. Choi share lead at Torrey Pines, with Dustin Johnson right behind

Gary Woodland and K.J. Choi share lead at Torrey Pines, with Dustin Johnson right behind

The Torrey Pines South Course is 7,568 yards of hard labor. Playing it is the equivalent of pushing a boulder uphill through sand. Its outer beauty hides a thoroughly nasty heart.

There is no regular PGA Tour course any longer, and few tougher outside those set up by the U.S. Golf Assn.

The difficulty breeds an assumption: To conquer Torrey South is to overpower it.

That hasn't always been the case since more than 500 yards were added to the layout in 2001 to toughen it for the 2008 U.S. Open. Jose Maria Olazabal, Ben Crane and Brandt Snedeker — more finesse fighters than big punchers — are past champions of the Farmers Insurance Open since '02.

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