Final Round Update – PGA Tour – Waste Management Phoenix Open – TPC Scottsdale – Scottsdale, Arizona –
Danny Lee (13-under) has a three-shot advantage when he tees off with Rickie Fowler and Hideki Matuyama in the final group at the PGA Tour’s Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Lee used a third-round 67 to take control as Fowler slipped up on the back nine Saturday at TPC Scottsdale. Fowler and Matsuyama were co-leaders after the first round, while Fowler and Lee co-led heading into the weekend.
Ranked 47th in the Official World Golf Ranking, Lee will have all eyes on him and the pressure of the overnight lead.
Fowler recently captured a European Tour title two weeks ago in Abu Dhabi. His confidence is high but the pressure of the crowd weighs on him as well. Being a local favorite and having a past misstep at this event could play against him.
For Matsuyama, he finished T-2 here last year and T-4 in 2014.
Others are still in the mix including Hall of Famer Phil Mickelson. Left shot 65 Saturday to get back in the tournament. He enters the final round in 6th place at 8-
under and five back.
Look for either Bryce Molder, who shot 64 in round three, or Boo Weekley (65 Saturday) to make a move Sunday. They are both T-4 at 9-under.
Lee is no stranger to winning on the PGA Tour. He triumphed last July at the Greenbrier Classic. While Fowler was one of the betting favorites at Station Casinos in Las Vegas at 12-to-1 odds, Lee was a longer shot. At www.golfodds.com, Lee was labeled at 80-1. Matsuyama was listed at 18-1.
Look for great final round with drama until the end as seven of the last eight editions of the Phoenix Open ended in either a playoff or a one-shot victory.
Other Golf news:
- Danny Willett capped off a victory Sunday at the European Tour’s Omega Dubai Desert Classic as a 33-1 pick. He edged Andy Sullivan and Rafael Cabrera-Bello by a shot. It marked RCB’s second straight runner-up effort. Rory, the defending champion, finished T-6 with Henrik Stenson.
- Corey Pavin (10-under) leads Tom Lehman by a shot heading into the final round at the Champions Tour’s Allianz Championship. Pavin did not win in 2015, but Lehman captured the SAS Championship in October.
- Ha Na Jang (11-under) won her maiden LPGA Tour title Sunday in Florida. She beat Lydia Ko face-to-face at win the Coates Golf Championship. Brooke Henderson was runner-up at 9-under. Ko shot 3-over and slipped to T-3. Jang finished runner-up four times in 2015.