Feb 3rd, 2018
DeChambeau and Fowler light up Phoenix Open
Bring on the weekend...
Words: Florida Dayton
The CobraPUMA brothers Rickie Fowler and Bryson DeChambeau both shot -5 66s at TPC Scottsdale for -10 totals, that's just 132 shots... The pair are one stroke clear of fellow Americans Daniel Berger and Chez Reavie.
Rickie brings the noise at 16...
It's going to be a great weekend as there are 18 players sitting within three shots of the leaders, including Lefty Mickelson and world number 3 Jon Rahm, both at -7.
There was bitter disappointment for Hideki Matsuyama, however, as the two-time defending champion withdrew with a left thumb and wrist injury.
Ever had a par 4 ace?...
World number 7 Fowler knows is chasing his fifth PGA Tour victory and will be conscious of the fact that he has squandered a further 12 opportunities to win with runner-up finishes.
Rickie would have taken the outright lead but he misjudged a straightforward chip at 17 and turned an eagle opportunity (many have driven the green this week) into an ugly bogey five.
“I was in a good position to make birdie there, a little unfortunate to make bogey, (but) other than that solid day, kept moving in the right direction,” Fowler told the Golf Channel after his 11th consecutive round of 70 or better at the venue.
”We’re in a good spot going into the weekend. This is a place we know we can continue to play well. I‘m comfortable on this course.
“We’ll piece together the nines at some point. Yesterday we started on the back and got off to a decent start there and then cooled down a little on the front. Today played the front nine well.”
DeChambeau, the man they call the Golf Scientist (he has a physics major who applies his understanding of the science to his swing – plying his trade with single length clubs), rifled his approach shot to inside a foot to birdie the last and join Fowler at the top of the leaderboard.
Queuing at 16...