Waste Management Phoenix Open 2019

R4 Rickie Fowler wins first Phoenix Open

January 31 – February 03
TPC Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Arizona
$7,100,000

Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


Rickie Fowler survived a difficult back nine on Sunday to shoot a three-over 74, out-dueling Branden Grace down the stretch to win the Phoenix Open for his fifth US PGA Tour title.

Fowler lost a five-stroke lead on a roller-coaster back nine, and closed with the highest score by a winner in tournament history, but he still managed to banish some demons at TPC Scottsdale.


He held the 54-hole lead here twice before, including last year when he finished in a tie for 11th.

“I had to dig deep and fight through. It wasn’t easy out there,” said Fowler. “I am happy to get this one out of the way.

“It has been long time to get a win here. There have been plenty of good finishes, but too many second-place finishes.”

His 17-under 267 total was good enough to win by two strokes over South Africa’s Grace, who briefly held the lead on Sunday but made a bogey on 17.

Grace fired his second straight two-under 69 to finish alone in second.

American Justin Thomas was third after a one-over 72 for a 14-under total to finish three strokes back of his roommate this week Fowler.

Matt Kuchar (75), Bubba Watson (71) and Chez Reavie (68) finished tied for fourth at 12-under.

This is the PGA Tour’s lone stop in Arizona and the only event on the annual west coast swing that’s held outside of California.

For a while, it appeared the tournament might even be heading for a playoff for a fourth straight year as both Fowler and Grace found sand and water on the back nine.

Playing in a driving rain, Fowler had to survive a shocking triple bogey on the par-four 11th hole.

He chipped his third shot into the water. After his penalty drop, his ball rolled back into the water resulting in another penalty stroke. He would eventually sink a 16-foot putt for a wretched seven score.

Determined not to let another title slip through his fingers, Fowler helped clinch the win with a nice approach shot and then a two-putt birdie on 17. Fowler now has had seven career 54-hole leads and converted just two.

On the final hole, Fowler hit his third shot to three feet and then tapped in the winner for his first victory since the 2017 Honda Classic.

“I will tell you what, it wasn’t fun,” said Fowler, who had a five-shot lead at the tee at No. 11. “Couple bad swings, couple of bad breaks. You have to roll with the punches.”

Fowler followed his triple bogey with another bogey on No. 12 but righted the ship with two birdies in the final four holes. Last year he stumbled to the finish with three straight birdies beginning at No. 15.

“No. 11 could have turned this tournament the complete opposite way, and, finally we got it done,” said Fowler. “To finally get a win with my dad, grandma and grandpa around, happy about that.”


Grace vaulted into contention with back-to-back birdies on 12 and 13 but lost his title bid with a bogey on the par-four 17.

He drove his tee shot into the water on the left then flew his chip shot past the hole and into a bunker. He eventually tapped in for bogey. He then made par on 18.

“He really dug down and pulled it off,” said Grace of Fowler. “Be back next year for sure to hopefully go one better. Huge congrats to Rickie on the victory.”

Grace plays on both the European and PGA Tour and is known as the first player in history of the European Tour to win his first four Europe titles in the same year.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Rickie Fowler
USA
-17
64
65
64
74
267
2
Branden Grace
RSA
-15
67
64
69
69
269
3
Justin Thomas
USA
-14
64
66
68
72
270
T4
Chez Reavie
USA
-12
71
69
64
68
272
T4
Bubba Watson
USA
-12
66
67
68
71
272
T4
Matt Kuchar
USA
-12
67
65
65
75
272
T7
Chris Stroud
USA
-11
71
66
67
69
273
T7
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-11
69
68
67
69
273
T7
Gary Woodland
USA
-11
68
67
66
72
273
T10
Jon Rahm
ESP
-10
67
68
70
69
274
T10
Russell Knox
SCO
-10
71
66
69
68
274
T10
Xander Schauffele
USA
-10
67
72
67
68
274
T10
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
-10
70
69
66
69
274
T10
Harold Varner III
USA
-10
64
71
68
71
274
T15
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-9
66
71
70
68
275
T15
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
-9
68
69
69
69
275
T15
Russell Henley
USA
-9
68
68
69
70
275
T15
Cameron Smith
AUS
-9
67
65
71
72
275
T15
Trey Mullinax
USA
-9
67
64
72
72
275
T20
Scott Piercy
USA
-8
66
71
71
68
276
T20
Chesson Hadley
USA
-8
71
65
70
70
276
T20
Webb Simpson
USA
-8
67
69
70
70
276
T20
Charley Hoffman
USA
-8
66
68
70
72
276
T20
Jason Kokrak
USA
-8
73
66
65
72
276
T20
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
-8
66
68
66
76
276
T26
J. T. Poston
USA
-7
65
74
68
70
277
T26
Max Homa
USA
-7
70
68
71
68
277
T26
Kevin Kisner
USA
-7
70
69
70
68
277
T26
Bud Cauley
USA
-7
68
72
66
71
277
T26
Brandon Harkins
USA
-7
70
66
69
72
277
T26
J. B. Holmes
USA
-7
69
68
68
72
277
T26
Martin Laird
SCO
-7
65
68
70
74
277
T33
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
-6
67
73
67
71
278
T33
David Hearn
CAN
-6
67
68
71
72
278
T33
Hunter Mahan
USA
-6
70
68
69
71
278
T33
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
-6
69
70
71
68
278
T33
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
-6
67
69
69
73
278
T33
Denny McCarthy
USA
-6
69
65
71
73
278
T39
Beau Hossler
USA
-5
70
71
66
72
279
T39
Zach Johnson
USA
-5
71
67
69
72
279
T39
Nick Watney
USA
-5
67
69
69
74
279
T39
Brian Harman
USA
-5
69
72
69
69
279
T39
Billy Horschel
USA
-5
71
68
73
67
279
T44
Adam Hadwin
CAN
-4
72
67
69
72
280
T44
Danny Lee
NZL
-4
72
68
67
73
280
T44
Jimmy Walker
USA
-4
72
69
66
73
280
T44
John Catlin
USA
-4
70
71
68
71
280
T44
Alexander Noren
SWE
-4
69
72
69
70
280
T44
Tom Hoge
USA
-4
67
68
69
76
280
T50
Kevin Streelman
USA
-3
71
67
70
73
281
T50
Matthew Wolff
USA
-3
67
70
72
72
281
T50
Stewart Cink
USA
-3
69
70
70
72
281
T50
J. J. Spaun
USA
-3
69
69
72
71
281
T50
Chris Kirk
USA
-3
71
70
69
71
281
T55
Brandt Snedeker
USA
-2
69
70
72
71
282
T55
Brian Stuard
USA
-2
71
69
71
71
282
T55
Adam Schenk
USA
-2
70
71
71
70
282
T55
Brian Gay
USA
-2
67
73
72
70
282
59
Grayson Murray
USA
-1
68
72
70
73
283
T60
Carlos Ortiz
MEX
Par
70
68
70
76
284
T60
Andrew Landry
USA
Par
67
68
74
75
284
T60
Sam Ryder
USA
Par
72
67
71
74
284
T60
Ryan Palmer
USA
Par
68
71
71
74
284
T60
Richy Werenski
USA
Par
69
69
73
73
284
T60
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
Par
73
68
72
71
284
T60
Kevin Na
USA
Par
68
72
74
70
284
T67
Cameron Champ
USA
1
70
69
71
75
285
T67
James Hahn
USA
1
68
72
70
75
285
T67
Keegan Bradley
USA
1
68
69
75
73
285
T70
John Huh
USA
2
67
73
69
77
286
T70
Fredrik Jacobson
SWE
2
68
72
72
74
286
72
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
4
71
70
72
75
288
73
Keith Mitchell
USA
5
74
67
74
74
289
CUT
Brice Garnett
USA
Par
74
68
142
CUT
Chase Wright
USA
Par
71
71
142
CUT
Daniel Berger
USA
Par
71
71
142
CUT
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
Par
71
71
142
CUT
Kevin Tway
USA
Par
69
73
142
CUT
Michael Kim
KOR
Par
70
72
142
CUT
Morgan Hoffmann
USA
Par
68
74
142
CUT
Nick Taylor
CAN
Par
72
70
142
CUT
Ryan Moore
USA
Par
73
69
142
CUT
Abraham Ancer
USA
1
70
73
143
CUT
Brendan Steele
USA
1
75
68
143
CUT
K. J. Choi
KOR
1
71
72
143
CUT
Luke List
USA
1
69
74
143
CUT
Martin Kaymer
GER
1
71
72
143
CUT
Patton Kizzire
USA
1
73
70
143
CUT
Phil Mickelson
USA
1
68
75
143
CUT
Ryan Blaum
USA
1
71
72
143
CUT
Steve Stricker
USA
1
72
71
143
CUT
Talor Gooch
USA
1
73
70
143
CUT
Cody Gribble
USA
2
73
71
144
CUT
Sam Burns
USA
2
70
74
144
CUT
Sean O’Hair
USA
2
72
72
144
CUT
Stephan Jaeger
GER
2
70
74
144
CUT
Tony Finau
USA
2
72
72
144
CUT
Vaughn Taylor
USA
2
73
71
144
CUT
Alex Cejka
GER
3
69
76
145
CUT
Brandon Hagy
USA
3
72
73
145
CUT
Bronson Burgoon
USA
3
71
74
145
CUT
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
3
74
71
145
CUT
Harris English
USA
3
72
73
145
CUT
Kenny Perry
USA
3
73
72
145
CUT
Mackenzie Hughes
CAN
3
72
73
145
CUT
Patrick Rodgers
USA
3
76
69
145
CUT
Scott Stallings
USA
3
73
72
145
CUT
Aaron Baddeley
AUS
4
69
77
146
CUT
Andrew Putnam
USA
4
69
77
146
CUT
Colt Knost
USA
4
77
69
146
CUT
Joel Dahmen
USA
4
75
71
146
CUT
Kelly Kraft
USA
4
75
71
146
CUT
Lucas Glover
USA
4
74
72
146
CUT
Robert Streb
USA
4
71
75
146
CUT
Rory Sabbatini
RSA
4
69
77
146
CUT
Ryan Armour
USA
4
74
72
146
CUT
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
4
74
72
146
CUT
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
4
69
77
146
CUT
Adam Long
USA
5
74
73
147
CUT
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
5
70
77
147
CUT
Anders Albertson
USA
6
75
73
148
CUT
Jonas Blixt
SWE
6
73
75
148
CUT
Seamus Power
IRL
6
71
77
148
CUT
Tyler Duncan
USA
6
76
72
148
CUT
Blair Hamilton
CAN
7
73
76
149
CUT
Kyle Stanley
USA
7
75
74
149
CUT
Austin Cook
USA
9
76
75
151
CUT
Jim Herman
USA
9
76
75
151
CUT
Bill Haas
USA
10
76
76
152
CUT
Michael Hopper
USA
12
79
75
154
CUT
Meen-Whee Kim
KOR
14
79
77
156
RET
Peter Uihlein
USA
Par
76
76

Round 3 – Rickie Fowler stretches lead heading into final day

Rickie Fowler fired eight birdies in a seven-under par 64 on Saturday to stretch his lead to four strokes heading into the final round of the Phoenix Open.

Fowler, in search of his fifth PGA Tour title and his first since the 2017 Honda Classic, had a 20-under par total of 193 at TPC Scottsdale, where he held the 54-hole lead last year but finished tied for 11th.


“We’ve led for three rounds, now why not make it four,” said Fowler, who has converted just one of his six prior 54-hole leads to a victory.

He has some breathing room, with a four-shot lead over US veteran Matt Kuchar, who had six birdies in a sparkling six-under 65 that put him on 197.

Justin Thomas, who started the day one stroke off Fowler’s lead, nabbed four of his five birdies on the back nine in a 68 that put him alone in third on 198.

He was two strokes in front of South Korean An Byeong-hun (66) and South African Branden Grace (69).

Fowler separated himself from his pursuers with four birdies in his first six holes — including a 37-footer at the fifth.

Fowler called the long birdie putts — including his 18-footer at the first — a bonus.

“Took advantage of some opportunities,” he said. “It was fun.”


After his lone bogey of the day, from a greenside bunker at the seventh, Fowler picked up three more birdies coming in at the ninth, 11th and 13th.

“Nice to finally feel the game clicking a little bit,” Fowler said. “Last week (I was) still working on swing stuff and it wasn’t quite there — and I wasn’t able to make nay putts either.

“I wouldn’t say anything has been amazing, but everything has been pretty good this week.”

Thomas, playing in the last group alongside Fowler and Grace, took a while to find his groove. He bounced back from a bogey at the second with a birdie at the third, but bogeyed the ninth to make the turn one-over for the day.

Thomas warmed up on the back nine, where his four birdies included a chip-in at the 11th and a 16-footer at 17.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Rickie Fowler
USA
-20
64
65
64
193
2
Matt Kuchar
USA
-16
67
65
65
197
3
Justin Thomas
USA
-15
64
66
68
198
T4
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
-13
66
68
66
200
T4
Branden Grace
RSA
-13
67
64
69
200
T6
Gary Woodland
USA
-12
68
67
66
201
T6
Bubba Watson
USA
-12
66
67
68
201
T8
Harold Varner III
USA
-10
64
71
68
203
T8
Martin Laird
SCO
-10
65
68
70
203
T8
Cameron Smith
AUS
-10
67
65
71
203
T8
Trey Mullinax
USA
-10
67
64
72
203
T12
Jason Kokrak
USA
-9
73
66
65
204
T12
Chris Stroud
USA
-9
71
66
67
204
T12
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-9
69
68
67
204
T12
Chez Reavie
USA
-9
71
69
64
204
T12
Charley Hoffman
USA
-9
66
68
70
204
T12
Tom Hoge
USA
-9
67
68
69
204
T18
J. B. Holmes
USA
-8
69
68
68
205
T18
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
-8
70
69
66
205
T18
Brandon Harkins
USA
-8
70
66
69
205
T18
Denny McCarthy
USA
-8
69
65
71
205
T18
Nick Watney
USA
-8
67
69
69
205
T18
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
-8
67
69
69
205
T18
Russell Henley
USA
-8
68
68
69
205
T18
Jon Rahm
ESP
-8
67
68
70
205
T26
Xander Schauffele
USA
-7
67
72
67
206
T26
Russell Knox
SCO
-7
71
66
69
206
T26
Bud Cauley
USA
-7
68
72
66
206
T26
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
-7
68
69
69
206
T26
Webb Simpson
USA
-7
67
69
70
206
T26
Chesson Hadley
USA
-7
71
65
70
206
T26
David Hearn
CAN
-7
67
68
71
206
T33
Hunter Mahan
USA
-6
70
68
69
207
T33
J. T. Poston
USA
-6
65
74
68
207
T33
Zach Johnson
USA
-6
71
67
69
207
T33
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-6
66
71
70
207
T33
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
-6
67
73
67
207
T33
Danny Lee
NZL
-6
72
68
67
207
T33
Jimmy Walker
USA
-6
72
69
66
207
T33
Beau Hossler
USA
-6
70
71
66
207
T41
Adam Hadwin
CAN
-5
72
67
69
208
T41
Carlos Ortiz
MEX
-5
70
68
70
208
T41
Kevin Streelman
USA
-5
71
67
70
208
T41
Scott Piercy
USA
-5
66
71
71
208
T45
Max Homa
USA
-4
70
68
71
209
T45
Stewart Cink
USA
-4
69
70
70
209
T45
Matthew Wolff
USA
-4
67
70
72
209
T45
Kevin Kisner
USA
-4
70
69
70
209
T45
John Huh
USA
-4
67
73
69
209
T45
Andrew Landry
USA
-4
67
68
74
209
T45
John Catlin
USA
-4
70
71
68
209
T52
J. J. Spaun
USA
-3
69
69
72
210
T52
Sam Ryder
USA
-3
72
67
71
210
T52
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
-3
69
70
71
210
T52
Ryan Palmer
USA
-3
68
71
71
210
T52
Cameron Champ
USA
-3
70
69
71
210
T52
James Hahn
USA
-3
68
72
70
210
T52
Grayson Murray
USA
-3
68
72
70
210
T52
Brian Harman
USA
-3
69
72
69
210
T52
Alexander Noren
SWE
-3
69
72
69
210
T52
Chris Kirk
USA
-3
71
70
69
210
T62
Brandt Snedeker
USA
-2
69
70
72
211
T62
Richy Werenski
USA
-2
69
69
73
211
T62
Brian Stuard
USA
-2
71
69
71
211
T65
Billy Horschel
USA
-1
71
68
73
212
T65
Keegan Bradley
USA
-1
68
69
75
212
T65
Fredrik Jacobson
SWE
-1
68
72
72
212
T65
Brian Gay
USA
-1
67
73
72
212
T65
Adam Schenk
USA
-1
70
71
71
212
T70
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
Par
73
68
72
213
T70
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
Par
71
70
72
213
72
Kevin Na
USA
1
68
72
74
214
73
Keith Mitchell
USA
2
74
67
74
215
CUT
Brice Garnett
USA
Par
74
68
142
CUT
Chase Wright
USA
Par
71
71
142
CUT
Daniel Berger
USA
Par
71
71
142
CUT
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
Par
71
71
142
CUT
Kevin Tway
USA
Par
69
73
142
CUT
Michael Kim
KOR
Par
70
72
142
CUT
Morgan Hoffmann
USA
Par
68
74
142
CUT
Nick Taylor
CAN
Par
72
70
142
CUT
Ryan Moore
USA
Par
73
69
142
CUT
Abraham Ancer
USA
1
70
73
143
CUT
Brendan Steele
USA
1
75
68
143
CUT
K. J. Choi
KOR
1
71
72
143
CUT
Luke List
USA
1
69
74
143
CUT
Martin Kaymer
GER
1
71
72
143
CUT
Patton Kizzire
USA
1
73
70
143
CUT
Phil Mickelson
USA
1
68
75
143
CUT
Ryan Blaum
USA
1
71
72
143
CUT
Steve Stricker
USA
1
72
71
143
CUT
Talor Gooch
USA
1
73
70
143
CUT
Cody Gribble
USA
2
73
71
144
CUT
Sam Burns
USA
2
70
74
144
CUT
Sean O’Hair
USA
2
72
72
144
CUT
Stephan Jaeger
GER
2
70
74
144
CUT
Tony Finau
USA
2
72
72
144
CUT
Vaughn Taylor
USA
2
73
71
144
CUT
Alex Cejka
GER
3
69
76
145
CUT
Brandon Hagy
USA
3
72
73
145
CUT
Bronson Burgoon
USA
3
71
74
145
CUT
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
3
74
71
145
CUT
Harris English
USA
3
72
73
145
CUT
Kenny Perry
USA
3
73
72
145
CUT
Mackenzie Hughes
CAN
3
72
73
145
CUT
Patrick Rodgers
USA
3
76
69
145
CUT
Scott Stallings
USA
3
73
72
145
CUT
Aaron Baddeley
AUS
4
69
77
146
CUT
Andrew Putnam
USA
4
69
77
146
CUT
Colt Knost
USA
4
77
69
146
CUT
Joel Dahmen
USA
4
75
71
146
CUT
Kelly Kraft
USA
4
75
71
146
CUT
Lucas Glover
USA
4
74
72
146
CUT
Robert Streb
USA
4
71
75
146
CUT
Rory Sabbatini
RSA
4
69
77
146
CUT
Ryan Armour
USA
4
74
72
146
CUT
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
4
74
72
146
CUT
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
4
69
77
146
CUT
Adam Long
USA
5
74
73
147
CUT
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
5
70
77
147
CUT
Anders Albertson
USA
6
75
73
148
CUT
Jonas Blixt
SWE
6
73
75
148
CUT
Seamus Power
IRL
6
71
77
148
CUT
Tyler Duncan
USA
6
76
72
148
CUT
Blair Hamilton
CAN
7
73
76
149
CUT
Kyle Stanley
USA
7
75
74
149
CUT
Austin Cook
USA
9
76
75
151
CUT
Jim Herman
USA
9
76
75
151
CUT
Bill Haas
USA
10
76
76
152
CUT
Michael Hopper
USA
12
79
75
154
CUT
Meen-Whee Kim
KOR
14
79
77
156
RET
Peter Uihlein
USA
Par
76
76

Round 2 – Rickie Fowler seizes lead heading into the weekend

Rickie Fowler birdied his last four holes on Friday to seize a one-shot lead — and at least temporary bragging rights — over good friend Justin Thomas after two rounds of the US PGA Tour’s Phoenix Open.

“It’s fun, getting to play with your buddies, those are the people you want to lose to the least,” Fowler said after his sizzling finish propelled him to a six-under par 65 at TPC Scottsdale.


His 13-under par total of 129 put him one stroke on front of Thomas, who carded a five-under 66 and at 130.

It was a further stroke back to South African Branden Grace, who highlighted his 64 with a hole-in-one, and American Trey Mullinax.

Fowler, who shared the overnight lead with Thomas — his housemate this week — and Harold Varner, was two-under for the day after three birdies and a bogey when he birdied 15 to launch his run.

At the par-three 16th, where a raucous crowd of thousands surrounds the green, he rolled in a 10-footer. He drained a 13-foot birdie at 17 and capped his round with an eight-foot birdie.

“I hit some really good putts to finish the day off,” said Fowler. But with two runner-up finishes in Phoenix on his resume, the American was well aware that there remains “a lot of golf to be played”.

“We’re halfway, and we’re going to battle it out,” he said.

Thomas made the last of his six birdies at the 15th, bouncing back from his first bogey of the week at 14.

“To only have one bogey through 36 holes is good, especially when it very easily could have gone in for a par,” who just missed his 10-footer for par at the hole.

“I’m playing solid. Rick, when he’s playing like this at a course that he loves like this is going to be tough to beat. But 36 holes left and there’s a lot of players that are within striking distance.”

That included Grace, whose ace at the par-three seventh was just the first of his two eagles. He also chipped in at the par-five 13th.

Grace admitted his third career hole-in-one, and his first on the US PGA Tour, owed something to caddie Craig Connelly, who advised going with an eight-iron when Grace was contemplating a seven-iron.

“I said, ‘OK, if that’s what you think then I’m going to go for it,'” Grace said. “I felt really good over the shot, hit a great shot and the guys behind the hole actually started jumping up before the ball actually went in.”


Mullinax also carded a 64, draining an eight-footer at 18 to join Grace in third place.

American veteran Matt Kuchar and Australian Cameron Smith were tied for fifth, both posting 65s for 132.

Five-time major winner Phil Mickelson, an Arizona State University graduate playing in his 30th Phoenix Open, missed the cut for just the second time in the last 10 years.

The three-time winner of the event carded a second-round 75 for a one-over total, missing the cut by two strokes.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Rickie Fowler
USA
-13
64
65
129
2
Justin Thomas
USA
-12
64
66
130
T3
Branden Grace
RSA
-11
67
64
131
T3
Trey Mullinax
USA
-11
67
64
131
T5
Cameron Smith
AUS
-10
67
65
132
T5
Matt Kuchar
USA
-10
67
65
132
T7
Bubba Watson
USA
-9
66
67
133
T7
Martin Laird
SCO
-9
65
68
133
T9
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
-8
66
68
134
T9
Charley Hoffman
USA
-8
66
68
134
T11
Tom Hoge
USA
-7
67
68
135
T11
Harold Varner III
USA
-7
64
71
135
T11
Jon Rahm
ESP
-7
67
68
135
T11
Gary Woodland
USA
-7
68
67
135
T11
David Hearn
CAN
-7
67
68
135
T11
Andrew Landry
USA
-7
67
68
135
T17
Chesson Hadley
USA
-6
71
65
136
T17
Russell Henley
USA
-6
68
68
136
T17
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
-6
67
69
136
T17
Webb Simpson
USA
-6
67
69
136
T17
Nick Watney
USA
-6
67
69
136
T17
Brandon Harkins
USA
-6
70
66
136
T17
Denny McCarthy
USA
-6
69
67
136
T24
Scott Piercy
USA
-5
66
71
137
T24
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
-5
68
69
137
T24
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-5
69
68
137
T24
Chris Stroud
USA
-5
71
66
137
T24
Keegan Bradley
USA
-5
68
69
137
T24
Russell Knox
SCO
-5
71
66
137
T24
J. B. Holmes
USA
-5
69
68
137
T24
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-5
66
71
137
T24
Matthew Wolff
USA
-5
67
70
137
T33
Zach Johnson
USA
-4
71
67
138
T33
Richy Werenski
USA
-4
69
69
138
T33
Hunter Mahan
USA
-4
70
68
138
T33
J. J. Spaun
USA
-4
69
69
138
T33
Kevin Streelman
USA
-4
71
67
138
T33
Carlos Ortiz
MEX
-4
70
68
138
T33
Max Homa
USA
-4
70
68
138
T40
Jason Kokrak
USA
-3
73
66
139
T40
Xander Schauffele
USA
-3
67
72
139
T40
Adam Hadwin
CAN
-3
72
67
139
T40
Brandt Snedeker
USA
-3
69
70
139
T40
Stewart Cink
USA
-3
69
70
139
T40
Sam Ryder
USA
-3
72
67
139
T40
J. T. Poston
USA
-3
65
74
139
T40
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
-3
69
70
139
T40
Ryan Palmer
USA
-3
68
71
139
T40
Cameron Champ
USA
-3
70
69
139
T40
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
-3
70
69
139
T40
Kevin Kisner
USA
-3
70
69
139
T40
Billy Horschel
USA
-3
71
68
139
T53
John Huh
USA
-2
67
73
140
T53
Bud Cauley
USA
-2
68
72
140
T53
James Hahn
USA
-2
68
72
140
T53
Chez Reavie
USA
-2
71
69
140
T53
Danny Lee
NZL
-2
72
68
140
T53
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
-2
67
73
140
T53
Fredrik Jacobson
SWE
-2
68
72
140
T53
Grayson Murray
USA
-2
68
72
140
T53
Kevin Na
USA
-2
68
72
140
T53
Brian Stuard
USA
-2
71
69
140
T53
Brian Gay
USA
-2
67
73
140
T64
Brian Harman
USA
-1
69
72
141
T64
Jimmy Walker
USA
-1
72
69
141
T64
Keith Mitchell
USA
-1
74
67
141
T64
Adam Schenk
USA
-1
70
71
141
T64
John Catlin
USA
-1
70
71
141
T64
Alexander Noren
SWE
-1
69
72
141
T64
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
-1
73
68
141
T64
Chris Kirk
USA
-1
71
70
141
T64
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
-1
71
70
141
T64
Beau Hossler
USA
-1
70
71
141
CUT
Brice Garnett
USA
Par
74
68
142
CUT
Chase Wright
USA
Par
71
71
142
CUT
Daniel Berger
USA
Par
71
71
142
CUT
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
Par
71
71
142
CUT
Kevin Tway
USA
Par
69
73
142
CUT
Michael Kim
KOR
Par
70
72
142
CUT
Morgan Hoffmann
USA
Par
68
74
142
CUT
Nick Taylor
CAN
Par
72
70
142
CUT
Ryan Moore
USA
Par
73
69
142
CUT
Abraham Ancer
USA
1
70
73
143
CUT
Brendan Steele
USA
1
75
68
143
CUT
K. J. Choi
KOR
1
71
72
143
CUT
Luke List
USA
1
69
74
143
CUT
Martin Kaymer
GER
1
71
72
143
CUT
Patton Kizzire
USA
1
73
70
143
CUT
Phil Mickelson
USA
1
68
75
143
CUT
Ryan Blaum
USA
1
71
72
143
CUT
Steve Stricker
USA
1
72
71
143
CUT
Talor Gooch
USA
1
73
70
143
CUT
Cody Gribble
USA
2
73
71
144
CUT
Sam Burns
USA
2
70
74
144
CUT
Sean O’Hair
USA
2
72
72
144
CUT
Stephan Jaeger
GER
2
70
74
144
CUT
Tony Finau
USA
2
72
72
144
CUT
Vaughn Taylor
USA
2
73
71
144
CUT
Alex Cejka
GER
3
69
76
145
CUT
Brandon Hagy
USA
3
72
73
145
CUT
Bronson Burgoon
USA
3
71
74
145
CUT
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
3
74
71
145
CUT
Harris English
USA
3
72
73
145
CUT
Kenny Perry
USA
3
73
72
145
CUT
Mackenzie Hughes
CAN
3
72
73
145
CUT
Patrick Rodgers
USA
3
76
69
145
CUT
Scott Stallings
USA
3
73
72
145
CUT
Aaron Baddeley
AUS
4
69
77
146
CUT
Andrew Putnam
USA
4
69
77
146
CUT
Colt Knost
USA
4
77
69
146
CUT
Joel Dahmen
USA
4
75
71
146
CUT
Kelly Kraft
USA
4
75
71
146
CUT
Lucas Glover
USA
4
74
72
146
CUT
Robert Streb
USA
4
71
75
146
CUT
Rory Sabbatini
RSA
4
69
77
146
CUT
Ryan Armour
USA
4
74
72
146
CUT
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
4
74
72
146
CUT
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
4
69
77
146
CUT
Adam Long
USA
5
74
73
147
CUT
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
5
70
77
147
CUT
Anders Albertson
USA
6
75
73
148
CUT
Jonas Blixt
SWE
6
73
75
148
CUT
Seamus Power
IRL
6
71
77
148
CUT
Tyler Duncan
USA
6
76
72
148
CUT
Blair Hamilton
CAN
7
73
76
149
CUT
Kyle Stanley
USA
7
75
74
149
CUT
Austin Cook
USA
9
76
75
151
CUT
Jim Herman
USA
9
76
75
151
CUT
Bill Haas
USA
10
76
76
152
CUT
Michael Hopper
USA
12
79
75
154
CUT
Meen-Whee Kim
KOR
14
79
77
156
RET
Peter Uihlein
USA
Par
76
76

Round 1 – Thomas, Fowler, Fowler & Varner tied for lead in Scottsdale

Justin Thomas drained four consecutive birdies to post a seven-under 64 and grab a share of the first round lead at the US PGA Tour’s Phoenix Open on Thursday.

Thomas, who began on the back nine, birdied the last hole of his front nine and then added three straight to begin the back. He also had six birdies in seven holes during the middle of his round to finish in a tie with fellow Americans Rickie Fowler and Harold Varner.


“It was very, very hard to get the balls close to the pin early in the round,” said the nine-time PGA Tour winner Thomas. “But I just continued to try to stay patient and was driving it well to where I had wedges and I made some very low-stress birdies.”

Thomas, who was one of the pre-tournament favourites, tied for 17th last year. He also missed the cut twice in this event.

Fowler eagled the par-five 13th as part of a four-under score for his first eight holes, while Varner caught the leaders with three birdies on his final six holes.

J.T. Poston and Scotland’s Martin Laird are both one shot back after shooting 65s.

The Phoenix Open is the only event on the Tour’s west coast swing that doesn’t take place in California.

The tournament has finished in a playoff each of the past three years, with Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama winning two of those.


While Tiger Woods isn’t making an appearance, the field is still strong and features 10 of the top 30 players in the world.

There will be plenty to sort out in the second round as 38 golfers are within four shots of the leaders.

Three-time tournament champion Phil Mickelson shot a three-under 68. With his 30th start in the event, he broke a record previously shared by Gene Littler, Jerry Barber and Australia’s Jim Ferrier.

Mickelson, who attended nearby Arizona State University on a golf scholarship, is seeking his 500th official cut on the Tour.

“I shot three-under and it’s an okay start. And to birdie the last feels good too, so it was a good way to finish,” said Mickelson.

Organizers put Mickelson, Matsuyama and defending champ Gary Woodland together for the first two rounds as the trio have won this event a combined half-dozen times, including the past three years.

Matsuyama shot a 68, and Woodland is at three under, aided by a burst of three straight birdies on the back nine.

He was forced to withdraw last year in the opening round with a wrist injury that eventually saw him miss six weeks of the season.


Pos. Player
Nat
To Par
R1
T1 Justin Thomas
USA
-7
64
T1 Rickie Fowler
USA
-7
64
T1 Harold Varner III
USA
-7
64
T4 J. T. Poston
USA
-6
65
T4 Martin Laird
SCO
-6
65
T6 Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-5
66
T6 Byeong-Hun An
KOR
-5
66
T6 Bubba Watson
USA
-5
66
T6 Scott Piercy
USA
-5
66
T6 Charley Hoffman
USA
-5
66
T11 David Hearn
CAN
-4
67
T11 Emiliano Grillo
ARG
-4
67
T11 Webb Simpson
USA
-4
67
T11 Andrew Landry
USA
-4
67
T11 Cameron Smith
AUS
-4
67
T11 Matt Kuchar
USA
-4
67
T11 Nick Watney
USA
-4
67
T11 Brian Gay
USA
-4
67
T11 Trey Mullinax
USA
-4
67
T11 Matthew Wolff
USA
-4
67
T11 Tom Hoge
USA
-4
67
T11 Branden Grace
RSA
-4
67
T11 John Huh
USA
-4
67
T11 Jon Rahm
ESP
-4
67
T11 Xander Schauffele
USA
-4
67
T11 Ollie Schniederjans
USA
-4
67
T27 Ryan Palmer
USA
-3
68
T27 Fredrik Jacobson
SWE
-3
68
T27 Grayson Murray
USA
-3
68
T27 Keegan Bradley
USA
-3
68
T27 Kevin Na
USA
-3
68
T27 Morgan Hoffmann
USA
-3
68
T27 Gary Woodland
USA
-3
68
T27 Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
-3
68
T27 Phil Mickelson
USA
-3
68
T27 Russell Henley
USA
-3
68
T27 Bud Cauley
USA
-3
68
T27 James Hahn
USA
-3
68
T39 Alexander Noren
SWE
-2
69
T39 J. J. Spaun
USA
-2
69
T39 Luke List
USA
-2
69
T39 Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-2
69
T39 Ted Potter Jr.
USA
-2
69
T39 J. B. Holmes
USA
-2
69
T39 Rory Sabbatini
RSA
-2
69
T39 Denny McCarthy
USA
-2
69
T39 Aaron Baddeley
AUS
-2
69
T39 Andrew Putnam
USA
-2
69
T39 Brandt Snedeker
USA
-2
69
T39 Brian Harman
USA
-2
69
T39 Kevin Tway
USA
-2
69
T39 Stewart Cink
USA
-2
69
T39 Richy Werenski
USA
-2
69
T39 Alex Cejka
GER
-2
69
T39 Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
-2
69
T56 Cameron Champ
USA
-1
70
T56 Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
-1
70
T56 Kevin Kisner
USA
-1
70
T56 Brandon Harkins
USA
-1
70
T56 Beau Hossler
USA
-1
70
T56 Carlos Ortiz
MEX
-1
70
T56 Max Homa
USA
-1
70
T56 Stephan Jaeger
GER
-1
70
T56 Michael Kim
KOR
-1
70
T56 Abraham Ancer
USA
-1
70
T56 Hunter Mahan
USA
-1
70
T56 Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
-1
70
T56 Adam Schenk
USA
-1
70
T56 John Catlin
USA
-1
70
T56 Sam Burns
USA
-1
70
T71 Chez Reavie
USA
Par
71
T71 Bronson Burgoon
USA
Par
71
T71 Chris Kirk
USA
Par
71
T71 Kevin Streelman
USA
Par
71
T71 Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
Par
71
T71 Chris Stroud
USA
Par
71
T71 K. J. Choi
KOR
Par
71
T71 Russell Knox
SCO
Par
71
T71 Billy Horschel
USA
Par
71
T71 Brian Stuard
USA
Par
71
T71 Daniel Berger
USA
Par
71
T71 Robert Streb
USA
Par
71
T71 Seamus Power
IRL
Par
71
T71 Joaquin Niemann
CHI
Par
71
T71 Ryan Blaum
USA
Par
71
T71 Chesson Hadley
USA
Par
71
T71 Martin Kaymer
GER
Par
71
T71 Zach Johnson
USA
Par
71
T71 Chase Wright
USA
Par
71
T90 Danny Lee
NZL
1
72
T90 Harris English
USA
1
72
T90 Tony Finau
USA
1
72
T90 Mackenzie Hughes
CAN
1
72
T90 Sean O’Hair
USA
1
72
T90 Nick Taylor
CAN
1
72
T90 Adam Hadwin
CAN
1
72
T90 Jimmy Walker
USA
1
72
T90 Steve Stricker
USA
1
72
T90 Brandon Hagy
USA
1
72
T90 Sam Ryder
USA
1
72
T101 Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
2
73
T101 Patton Kizzire
USA
2
73
T101 Ryan Moore
USA
2
73
T101 Vaughn Taylor
USA
2
73
T101 Blair Hamilton
CAN
2
73
T101 Jason Kokrak
USA
2
73
T101 Kenny Perry
USA
2
73
T101 Scott Stallings
USA
2
73
T101 Talor Gooch
USA
2
73
T101 Cody Gribble
USA
2
73
T101 Jonas Blixt
SWE
2
73
T112 Lucas Glover
USA
3
74
T112 Si-Woo Kim
KOR
3
74
T112 Brice Garnett
USA
3
74
T112 Charl Schwartzel
RSA
3
74
T112 Ryan Armour
USA
3
74
T112 Adam Long
USA
3
74
T112 Keith Mitchell
USA
3
74
T119 Brendan Steele
USA
4
75
T119 Kyle Stanley
USA
4
75
T119 Joel Dahmen
USA
4
75
T119 Kelly Kraft
USA
4
75
T119 Anders Albertson
USA
4
75
T124 Austin Cook
USA
5
76
T124 Bill Haas
USA
5
76
T124 Peter Uihlein
USA
5
76
T124 Jim Herman
USA
5
76
T124 Patrick Rodgers
USA
5
76
T124 Tyler Duncan
USA
5
76
130 Colt Knost
USA
6
77
T131 Meen-Whee Kim
KOR
8
79
T131 Michael Hopper
USA
8
79
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