Result: Stewart Cink takes one-shot lead at Farmers Insurance Open

Stewart Cink is one shot clear of Gary Woodland at the top of the leaderboard after the first round at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Stewart Cink has taken a one-shot lead at the end of the first round of action at the Farmers Insurance Open.

The 40-year-old hit three successive birdies on the North Course at Torrey Pines to finish his round on eight-under 64.

Stewart Cink sinks a birdie putt on the 4th green on the North Course during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines South on January 23, 2014© Getty Images

"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," ESPN quotes him as saying.

"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."

Gary Woodland is second on the leaderboard, while Jason Day, Tyrone van Aswegen, Marc Leishman and Jim Herman are all tied for third place.

Meanwhile, world number one Tiger Woods failed to birdie any of the par-fives and was forced to settle for a 72.

U.S. Team Captain Fred Couples (R) walks with Brandt Snedeker up the 18th hole during the Day Four Singles Matches at the Muirfield Village Golf Club on October 6, 2013
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