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SAN DIEGO -- The best score belonged to Stewart Cink. Matt Irwin Jersey . The best round belonged to Pat Perez. Tiger Woods didnt come close to claiming either Thursday in the Farmers Insurance Open, where the seven-time champion failed to break par in the opening round for first time in his career. Cink ran off three straight birdies late in his round on the easier North Course at Torrey Pines for an 8-under 64. That gave him a one-shot lead over Gary Woodland, who also was on the North, which is more than 600 yards shorter. Perez was on the South Course, host of the 2008 U.S. Open and with greens so firm this year that it felt like a major. Perez had a 67, the best score on the South by two shots, and even more astounding is that he played bogey-free. The South played nearly four shots harder than the North. Woods, making his 2014 debut, failed to birdie any of the par 5s and had to settle for a 72. "Even par is not too bad, but I didnt play the par 5s worth a darn today," Woods said. "Obviously, thats (tantamount) to try to get any kind of scoring on the South Course. Youve got to take care of the par 5s because theres not a lot of holes you can make birdie here. Subsequently, I didnt finish under par." Even at eight shots behind, he wasnt worried about a chance to win at Torrey for the ninth time -- including a U.S. Open. The courses are so different than its difficult to gauge where anyone stands until everyone has had a crack at both courses. The weekend rounds are on the South. "Im going to have to go out there and get it a little bit tomorrow to not be so far behind come Saturday or Sunday," Woods said. Cink did what he was supposed to do. The rough is up on the North, too, so it was important to get the ball in play. He did that, allowing him to take on some pins. "You want to really take advantage of the North Course because it will yield to you a little bit, and the South Course will not," Cink said. "I did a great job of going out there, just playing shot-by-shot, not really getting too caught up in, I have to birdie these holes. As a consequence, I actually made a few birdies and it felt great." Phil Mickelson, meanwhile, felt awful. He was coping with a back locked up on him, unusual for Mickelson because he doesnt have a history of back pain. It got so bad at one point that Mickelson thought about withdrawing from his hometown event, especially after his 4-iron on the par-5 18th at the North Course nearly went out-of-bounds. Mickelson used his short game to make birdie, and then made another birdie on the next hole and he scratched out a 69. "Never thought about not starting, but around the turn I thought about maybe taking this week off and seeing if I could get a little bit better," he said. "I kind of fought through the back nine and gave myself a chance." He described it as a muscular problem and was hopeful treatment would help. Mickelson swung easy on the North. Players have to swing for the fences on the 7,698-yard South Course, where the average score Thursday 74.45. Not many would have predicted a 67 on the South, though Woods wasnt surprised when he heard who did it. "Why? He grew up here," Woods said. "This was his home course. Hes playing it more times than any tour pro certainly." Perez has such a history at Torrey that his father, Tony, continues to announce the players on the first tee at the South Course. And heres even better history -- Perez won a Junior World Championship at Torrey Pines, by beating some Orange County kid named Tiger Woods. "Best day of my life," Perez said. "Ive known him forever. Hes always been great to me. He gives me advice here and there, but to beat him that year was fantastic. ... Ive got to hold onto that, so thats about all that I got over him. But it hurts him. Ill you tell, it hurts him." Perez was joking. He is full of bluster and always fun, a favourite among the players. Thats what made Thursday so enjoyable. The weather was close to perfect, with hang gliders filling the sky left of the fourth fairway on the South. Perez had no bogeys on his card, and he cant remember if that ever happened since the South was stretched out to prepare for the U.S. Open. It was only one round, but it was a great for Perez -- and for Cink, who hasnt won since his British Open title at Turnberry in 2009. The test for Cink is Friday on the South, especially considering that only three players broke 70 on the South -- Perez, Charley Hoffman (another San Diego native) and rookie Kevin Tway, whose father (former PGA champion Bob Tway) won this event in 1986. Ottawas Brad Fritsch opened with a 3-under 69. Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask., carded a 70. David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., shot an even par 72. Riley Wheeldon of Comox, B.C, who qualified on Monday, signed for a 4-over 76. Mike Weir of Brights Grove, Ont., was another shot back. DIVOTS: Jordan Spieth, who missed the cut at Torrey Pines last year as a 19-year-old making his pro debut, played with Woods and Jimmy Walker and shot 71. ... Fifty of the 62 rounds under par were on the North Course. ... The worst score on the North Course was a 77 by Brandt Snedeker and Derek Ernst. Ryan Ellis Predators Jersey . -- A.J. Burnett was happy to escape from New York. Juuse Saros Predators Jersey . Dragic was a game-time decision because of a sore right ankle that had kept him out of Wednesdays loss at Utah, but played all but the last 10 seconds of the second half in the first 40-point game for a Phoenix player since Amare Stoudemires 44 on March 19, 2010.Sundays WWE No Mercy pay-per-view will focus on AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose and John Cena - but last time out it was Chris Jericho, Shawn Michaels and Rey Mysterio who shone. Last time out was in 2008, when Triple H was WWE Champion, Undertaker wrestled regularly, and Matt and Jeff Hardy were staples of WWE.Refresh your memory of the previous No Mercy below, before watching this years Smackdown-exclusive show, live on Sky Sports Box Office (channel 491) at 1am on Sunday night. WWE No Mercy: How to book Find out how to order Sundays pay-per-view Jeff Hardy loses…Hardys pursuit of a maiden WWE Championship went on in Portland as Triple H secured victory from the jaws of defeat. The Game looked done when Hardy countered a Pedigree and planted him with a Twist of Fate, before performing a Swanton Bomb from the top rope. Yet, the then 12-time world champion - and now 14-time world champion - turned Hardys pinfall into one of his own to retain the strap. The Charismatic Enigma finally became world champion for the first time at Armageddon in December, though, after outgunning Triple H and Edge in a Triple Threat. Jeff Hardy was unable to defeat Triple H But Matt Hardy winsJeffs older brother, Matt, kept hold of his ECW Championship at No Mercy, however, after wriggling free of Mark Henrys Worlds Strongest Slam and hitting the powerhouse with a Twist of Fate. Jealousy soon got the better of Matt, though, who, frustrated at sharing the spotlight with Jeff, mixed defending the ECW title with a series of heinous attacks on his sibling, as he revealed following his Royal Rumble defeat to Jack Swagger in January 2009. Matt appeared later in that show to clobber Jeff with a steel chair, costing his sibling his world championship match against Edge. Matt Hardy retained the ECW Championship Jericho knocks down MichaelsNo Mercys main event pitted reigning World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho against Shawn Michaels in a Ladder Match, the latest chapter in a heated rivalry which began when Y2J hurled The Icon through his Jeritron. The pair traded wins at the Great American Bash and Unforgiven, but their third installment was probably the best - Y2J emerging victorious when he head-butted Michaels off the ladder before retrieving his championship belt. The clash was named Match of the Year by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, while their entire beef won them Feud of the Year. Michaels tumble allowed Jericho to remain champion Batista earns shot at Y2JJericho had little time to celebrate his triumph before he had to make plans for Batista, The Animal having beaten JBL with a Batista Bomb in a no 1 contenders match at No Mercy to become next in line for Y2Js belt. Batista won said belt at Cyber Sunday in a match refereed by Stone Cold Steve Austin, but lost it to Jericho on Raw soon after when The Ayatollah of Rock n Rolla escaped a steel cage. Batista, like Jericho, is a six-time world champion, though with his acting career skyrocketing - Spectre, Guardians of the Galaxy, to name but two - he may not find time for another reign. Will Batista ever return to the WWE ring? Big Show KOs UndertakerIts not often that The Phenom is left seeing stars but he was at No Mercy. Big Show detached a turnbuckle pad and hammered Undertakers head into the exposed area before administering one punch to the front of his skull and another to the back and forcing the referee to stop the fight. Undertaker would earn revenge by downing The Worlds Largest Athlete in Last Man Standing, Casket and Steel Cage Matches before the year was out, though Show prevailed in their most recent singles skirmish, on an episode of Smackdown at Londons O2 Arena in April 2009. Kyle Turris Jersey. The Undertaker was floored by Big Show Mysterio maintains maskThe Master of the 619 would have been forced to remove his mask had he lost to Kane at No Mercy - but he very nearly lost it during the bout, with The Big Red Monster frequently attempting to rip it off. Kanes hopes of exposing Mysterios face ended, though, when he cracked the lucha libre expert with a chair to lose via disqualification. Kane was not the only WWE Superstar to attempt to de-mask Mysterio - Jericho tried and failed at The Bash in June 2009 when he peeled off his foes veneer only to see the high-flyer wearing a second mask. So shocked was Y2J, he was promptly pinned. Rey Mysterio put his mask on the line Watch WWE No Mercy, live on Sky Sports Box Office (channel 491) and Sky Sports HD Box Office (channel 492) from 1am on Sunday.The show is priced £14.95 for customers in the United Kingdom and €21.95 for viewers in the Republic of Ireland.You can also follow the pay-per-view on and Sky Sports mobile and iPad apps with our live blog.WWE No Mercy booking detailsONLINE: Visit this link: UK viewers can call 03442 410 888 to book WWE No Mercy, while customers in the Republic of Ireland should call 0818 220 225. (There may be an additional charge for telephone bookings). Are you ready for No Mercy? Sunday Night at 1am on Sky Sports Box Office. REMOTESky+: Press the box office button on your remote, then click the sports tab followed by WWE No Mercy.Sky Q: Press Home on your Sky Q remote, select TV guide, then Box Office and the WWE No Mercy. Enter your TV Pin if prompted. (Only bookings via Sky TV remote are recordable using Sky Plus).Sky TV residential customers only. Commercial customers contact Sky for price and to order. Sky Box Office terms apply. Cable customers should contact their local cable operator. Gaming expert Delzinski has simulated No Mercy’s WWE World Championship Triple Threat Match using WWE 2K16 – who does he have winning? Also See: WWE No Mercy: How to book WWE Simulations: No Mercy WWE QUIZ: John Cena WWE calendar ' ' '

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