Second Round Update – PGA Tour – Waste Management Phoenix Open – TPC Scottsdale – Scottsdale, Arizona –
Play resumes at TPC Scottsdale Friday for round two in the Arizona desert with a three-way tie at the top headlined by Rickie Fowler.
The 27-year-old American carded a 6-under-65 to open his week at the PGA Tour’s Waste Management Phoenix Open to position himself alongside rising star Hideki Matsuyama of Japan and Shane Lowry of Ireland.
All three have won PGA Tour events with Lowry capturing the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron last year, while Fowler won THE PLAYERS and the Deutsche Bank in the playoffs.
Anirban Lahiri, another rising international star from India, is 5-under and a shot back alongside Bryce Molder, who still has a hole to finish up his first round when play was suspended due to darkness.
Gary Woodland has an opportunity to make a quick move Friday. He was 4-under through 15 holes when his round was stopped. He is T-6 at the moment alongside defending champion Brooks Koepka, who posted 67.
Fowler, at 12-to-1 odds, was one of the betting favorites at Station Casinos in Las Vegas before the tournament began along with Matsuyama at 18-1. Fowler won the European Tour’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship two weeks ago. Lowry was a 40-1 selection, while Woodland was 35-1.
Other Golf news:
- Rafael Cabrera-Bello (67-67) is 10-under through two rounds and leads the European Tour’s Omega Dubai Desert Classic. World Golf Hall of Fame member Ernie Els is a shot off the lead at 9-under alongside Trevor Fisher Jr. and Danny Willett. Rory McIlroy slipped back to T-23 with a sluggish round two.
- Ha Na Jang (8-under) continues to lead Lydia Ko by a shot at the LPGA Tour’s Coates Championship. Jang has nine holes to finish her second round play, while Ko is the clubhouse after rounds of 69-69. The group at T-4 includes Lexi Thompson, Jessica Korda and Lizette Salas.
- Willett was 7th in scoring average on the European Tour last year. He shot 7-under-65 to move up the leader board in Dubai. As did Thorbjorn Olesen, who was a runner-up last week. Olesen fired a 64 in round two and sits T-5 at 8-under.