Waste Management Phoenix Open 2018: Rickie Fowler Holds Lead After Saturday

Laura Christensen
February 5, 2018

Two-time defending champion Hideki Matsuyama withdrew on Friday from the Waste Management Phoenix Open due to an injury at the base of his left thumb. You are doing pretty good for yourself, and are a couple shots under par going into the last few holes. Fowler joined a group of four fellow Americans at five-under 66, with his lone bogey coming at the par-three 16th hole, which is famous for its rowdy fans who eschew usual golf etiquette by routinely booing bad shots. You're next task... The ... History certainly isn't on Fowler's side, but at the same time, it is.

European - Chris Paisley shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-shot clubhouse lead over David Horsey after a weather-interrupted first round at the Maybank Championship in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

"The putter was hot the first nine holes", Haas, a six-times PGA Tour victor, told reporters after a round that included a 30-foot birdie at the second hole, his 11th.

Hideki Matsuyama, a playoff victor over Fowler in 2016 and Webb Simpson previous year, had a 69 playing alongside his two sudden-death opponents. "The swing was just a fraction off".

"I just kind of had to fight through it", Fowler said.

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"It means a lot to me", he said.

"I don" think (the course is) too particularly demanding off the tee, but you need to get it into the fairway to have a chance with these greens once they firm up'. "Managed the mistakes properly, made some good putts, so just nice to get off to a good start here".

Rahm, already with a win and a runner-up finish this year, has risen to No. 2 in the world ranking and he shot a 4-under 68 during Round 1 at TPC Scottsdale.

For the second consecutive week, it took extra holes and an additional day to decide the outcome of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in La Jolla.

This year's Waste Management Phoenix Open finishes Sunday. While Mickelson hasn't notched a win since 2013, he has placed in the top 20 in four of his last six events and now comes to one of his best courses.

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