Haas leads by two at Phoenix Open

Lowry on the tee of the famous
16th at TPC Scottsdale

Lowry on the tee of the famous 16th at TPC Scottsdale

He took T24 on his Phoenix debut a year ago and I'm not fussed about his missed cut at Torrey Pines as this week's course is more to his liking.

"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.

Fowler bogeyed the 16th in a 66 that left him tied with Billy Horschel, Bryson DeChambeau, Chris Kirk and Chesson Hadley.

"Just kind of humbles you, grounds you a bit, and makes you realize that there's a lot bigger things than just playing golf, " Fowler said.

'I eased into the round nicely. turned at three under, did a good job of saving a couple of pars, rolled in a long one (45 feet) on four and good birdie on eight'. Haas was frustrated with his results - he's missed three cuts in six starts this season with a best finish of T-17 - so he did what normally does and called his dad, Jay Haas, who then recommended his son dial up Utley.

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In 2016, he trailed Rickie Fowler by two strokes with three to play and won the playoff by sinking a seven-footer for par. From what I could tell, Woods looked sharper than expected around the greens and if he can start hitting fairways, arguably the best player of all-time should be able to contend for wins this season. Palmer accomplished the feat from 1961-63.

After a stop at Torrey Pines last week, we head to another spectacle on the PGA Tour - TPC Scottsdale, and more specifically, it's famous rowdy 16th hole.

In each of the last two years, Lefty has gone super low on Saturday (65 on both accounts), so maybe if he can string something good together on Friday, we'll be in for another treat over the weekend.

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This week Leishman faces some very strong opposition with Matsuyama chasing a third straight win in Phoenix and the current world number 2, 3 and 4 (Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas) also in the field. Matsuyama has not finished worse than fourth in his four appearances at the TPC Scottsdale. That's one shot to the green and four while on it, if you're keeping track.

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