Weekend Preview – PGA Tour – Waste Management Phoenix Open – TPC Scottsdale – Scottsdale, Arizona –
James Hah posted a second-round 6-under-65 to earn the 36-hole lead at the PGA Tour’s Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Hahn, who won the Northern Trust Open last season at Riviera Country Club, is 10-under and a shot clear of Rickie Fowler and Danny Lee at TPC Scottsdale. The trio tees off at 1:05 p.m. eastern time in the final group Saturday in round three.
Hahn leads the field in Fairways in Regulation this week. Although he has a victory, this marks his first 36-hole lead.
Fowler, who won THE PLAYERS and the Deutsche Bank in the playoffs a season ago, was one of the top betting favorites coming into the week as a 12-to-1 selection at Station Casinos in Las Vegas. Fowler captured a European Tour title two weeks in Abu Dhabi.
Lee is no stranger to winning on the PGA Tour. He triumphed last July at the Greenbrier Classic. Both Lee and Hahn were listed as “Field” bets at 5-to-6 odds. But, at www.golfodds.com, Lee was labeled at 80-1.
Plenty of players with championship pedigree sit at T-4 and 7-under including Harris English, Shane Lowry and Hideki Matsuyama.
Bubba Watson (69-69) is T-13 at 4-under with back-to-back runner-up finishes here. Expect him to play loose and make a move Saturday. Brandt Snedeker, who has a win last week and a runner-up earlier in January, is also at T-13.
Several high-profile players missed the cut in Phoenix including Jason Dufner, Kevin Kisner and Hunter Mahan.
Other Golf news:
- Danny Willett (16-under) leads the European Tour’s Omega Dubai Desert Classic through 54-holes by a shot over Rafael Cabrera-Bello. Willett, a 33-1 pick to win this title, logged his second straight 65 at Emirates Golf Club to secure the lead. Defending champion Rory McIlroy, a heavy favorite this week at No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, is T-21.
- Todd Hamilton, a former Open champion, co-leads the Champions Tour’s Allianz Championship alongside Corey Pavin after each carded 6-under-66s in the opening round. Tom Lehman, a 14-1 betting pick here to start the tournament, is a shot back.
- Lydia Ko and Ha Na Jang are tied at 11-under through three rounds in Florida at the Coates Golf Championship. Brooke Henderson trails by a shot. Jang, who had four runner-up finishes on the LPGA Tour last year, was a runner-up at the Coates in 2015.
- Willett won twice on the European Tour last year and finished second to Rory at the Race to Dubai standings.