There's a Mike Weir sighting at Torrey Pines
In 2012, Weir missed the cut in all 12 tour events that he entered. Last week at the Humana Challenge, he triple-bogeyed his last hole to miss the cut.
For the past few years, the lefty has been hampered by an elbow injury.
His swing teacher is Grant Waite, a former tour player who won the 1993 Kemper Open. On Tuesday, Waite told me that Weir had lost considerable strength on his left side. So they were working on helping him build his swing around some of his limitations. Weir, who is just 5-foot-9, 155 pounds, was already one of the shorter hitters on tour.
"I'm happy with the progress I'm making," Weir said. "As golfers, you want it right away, but I've seen some good signs, so that's always positive."
At the par-3 third hole on the Torrey Pines South Course, Tag Ridings made a hole-in-one with a pitching wedge from 141 yards. Ridings' ace came after his playing partner, Steve Marino, hit his tee shot to within a foot of the hole.
"Called it in the air and said, 'go in,' and it landed right behind the hole and went in the cup," said Ridings, who shot a 5-under 67 on Thursday. "It was beautiful."
In his first career PGA Tour start, Steven Fox, the 2012 U.S. Amateur champion, had a 2-under 70 on the North Course. The 22-year-old University of Tennessee-Chattanooga senior looked just like a tour player, decked head to toe in the logos of a major golf equipment company.
The time when amateurs went logo-free in tour events is long gone. Once upon a time the lack of logos was how you could identify the amateurs at these events. Fox fit right in with the rest of the players with a slighter smaller bag with the same big logo.
Paulina Gretzky, daughter of hockey great Wayne Gretzky, was out in full force for her boyfriend, Dustin Johnson, on Thursday at Torrey Pines.
Gretzky is becoming a regular around the tour.
Move Over Monday
It's rare for a Monday qualifier to be on the top of a PGA Tour leaderboard, but that's exactly where Adam Hadwin is after a bogey-free 6-under-par 66 on Thursday. The 25-year-old Canadian shot 64 just to get into the Farmers Insurance field, his eighth career start on tour.
Farrell Evans covers golf for ESPN and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.