Waste Management Phoenix Open R1

NeSmith and Hubbard take opening lead in Arizona

February 04-07
TPC Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Arizona
$7,300,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4




Fans are back this week at the Waste Management Phoenix Open with attendance capped at 5,000. A small number for an event that typically has the highest attendance on the PGA Tour (over 700,000 in 2018) but the most allowed since the start of the pandemic, making for an unusually quiet event.


“Probably made the quietest almost hole-in-one ever on 16,” said co-leader Matthew NeSmith. “I got about six claps there and hit it to 6 inches.”

“When there’s a lot of people it almost becomes white noise,” said Xander Schauffele. “Out here, I chunked my chip and some guy was like, ‘Dang, he duffed it’. I’m like, ‘Yeah, you’re right, I just duffed the crap out of that chip.'”



NeSmith and Mark Hubbard fired 8-under 63s for a one-shot lead over Nate Lashley and Sam Burns.

“I’m just trying to keep it in play, keep it in the short grass, give my irons a chance to speak for themselves, and that’s usually how I play my best golf,” said NeSmith.


Hubbard made birdies on five of his last six holes to tie NeSmith with a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th.

“I kind of found a little something in my swing,” said Hubbard. “Earlier in the day I was kind of whipping it a little inside, so I kind of straightened my takeaway a little bit, and that kind of got things in motion.”

Lashley, who played for the University of Arizona and lives in Scottsdale, is enjoying being able to play at home on a course he knows well.

Burns made nine birdies and two bogeys on the par-4s 6th and 11th to join Lashley at 7-under.

Steve Stricker, who will captain the U.S. Ryder Cup Team at Whistling Straits later this year and was playing with fellow captain Padraig Harrington, lies two shots behind the leaders at 6-under.

“I made some putts,” said Stricker. “Felt like the old Steve Stricker. I am old, but I don’t feel 53 or 4. I feel like I still have a little bit of game left in me.”

“These guys, they all hit it 300 plus, 320s, 330s, and I’m just trying to get it in the fairway and get it up to 280. So the game has changed.”



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Billy Horschel, Tom Hoge, Ted Potter Jr., Keegan Bradley, Kyoung-Hoon Lee and Xander Schauffele are all tied for sixth place at 5-under.

“The greens are perfect,” said Schauffele. “If you hit a good putt today, they were going in.”

Schauffele’s playing partner, Rory McIlroy, started his round on the 10th with a double-bogey then bogeyed the 11th before making five birdies for a 70.

“It was a good battle back,” said McIlroy. “Being 3 over through two isn’t ideal, especially on this golf course where you sort of need to make birdies.”




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
T1
Mark Hubbard
-8
63
T1
Matthew NeSmith
-8
63
T3
Sam Burns
-7
64
T3
Nate Lashley
-7
64
5
Steve Stricker
-6
65
T6
Keegan Bradley
-5
66
T6
Tom Hoge
-5
66
T6
Billy Horschel
-5
66
T6
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
-5
66
T6
Ted Potter, Jr.
-5
66
T6
Xander Schauffele
-5
66
T12
Adam Hadwin
-4
67
T12
James Hahn
-4
67
T12
Bo Hoag
-4
67
T12
Michael Kim
-4
67
T12
Carlos Ortiz
-4
67
T12
Andrew Putnam
-4
67
T12
Scottie Scheffler
-4
67
T12
Jordan Spieth
-4
67
T12
Scott Stallings
-4
67
T21
Ryan Armour
-3
68
T21
Cameron Champ
-3
68
T21
Nick Hardy
-3
68
T21
John Huh
-3
68
T21
Zach Johnson
-3
68
T21
Matt Jones
-3
68
T21
Russell Knox
-3
68
T21
Satoshi Kodaira
-3
68
T21
Brooks Koepka
-3
68
T21
Henrik Norlander
-3
68
T21
J.T. Poston
-3
68
T21
Jon Rahm
-3
68
T21
Kevin Streelman
-3
68
T21
Brendon Todd
-3
68
T21
Harold Varner III
-3
68
T21
Matthew Wolff
-3
68
T37
Byeong Hun An
-2
69
T37
Daniel Berger
-2
69
T37
Stewart Cink
-2
69
T37
Corey Conners
-2
69
T37
Emiliano Grillo
-2
69
T37
Max Homa
-2
69
T37
Patton Kizzire
-2
69
T37
Matt Kuchar
-2
69
T37
Louis Oosthuizen
-2
69
T37
Pat Perez
-2
69
T37
Chez Reavie
-2
69
T37
Bo Van Pelt
-2
69
T37
Richy Werenski
-2
69
T50
Brice Garnett
-1
70
T50
Talor Gooch
-1
70
T50
William Gordon
-1
70
T50
Beau Hossler
-1
70
T50
Chris Kirk
-1
70
T50
Tom Lewis
-1
70
T50
Jamie Lovemark
-1
70
T50
Denny McCarthy
-1
70
T50
Rory McIlroy
-1
70
T50
Ryan Moore
-1
70
T50
Grayson Murray
-1
70
T50
Ryan Palmer
-1
70
T50
Sam Ryder
-1
70
T50
Brendan Steele
-1
70
T50
Brian Stuard
-1
70
T50
Nick Taylor
-1
70
T50
Justin Thomas
-1
70
T50
Michael Thompson
-1
70
T50
Jimmy Walker
-1
70
T50
Xinjun Zhang
-1
70
Projected Cut: ( -1 )
T70
Austin Cook
E
71
T70
Jason Day
E
71
T70
Dylan Frittelli
E
71
T70
Brian Harman
E
71
T70
Padraig Harrington
E
71
T70
Russell Henley
E
71
T70
Charley Hoffman
E
71
T70
Jerry Kelly
E
71
T70
Si Woo Kim
E
71
T70
Hideki Matsuyama
E
71
T70
Cheng Tsung Pan
E
71
T70
Kyle Stanley
E
71
T70
Sepp Straka
E
71
T70
Cameron Tringale
E
71
T70
Bubba Watson
E
71
T70
Will Zalatoris
E
71
T86
Mark Anguiano
1
72
T86
Scott Brown
1
72
T86
Wyndham Clark
1
72
T86
Jason Dufner
1
72
T86
Harris English
1
72
T86
Brian Gay
1
72
T86
Lucas Glover
1
72
T86
Scott Harrington
1
72
T86
J.B. Holmes
1
72
T86
Sungjae Im
1
72
T86
Kelly Kraft
1
72
T86
Luke List
1
72
T86
Adam Long
1
72
T86
Jesse Mueller
1
72
T86
Doc Redman
1
72
T86
Davis Riley
1
72
T86
Patrick Rodgers
1
72
T86
Adam Schenk
1
72
T86
Charl Schwartzel
1
72
T86
Robby Shelton
1
72
T86
Kevin Stadler
1
72
T86
Robert Streb
1
72
T108
Luke Donald
2
73
T108
Martin Laird
2
73
T108
Webb Simpson
2
73
T108
Vaughn Taylor
2
73
T108
Kevin Tway
2
73
T108
Vincent Whaley
2
73
T108
Erik van Rooyen
2
73
T115
Tyler Duncan
3
74
T115
Rickie Fowler
3
74
T115
Danny Lee
3
74
T115
Hunter Mahan
3
74
T115
Troy Merritt
3
74
T115
Camilo Villegas
3
74
T115
Aaron Wise
3
74
T122
Joel Dahmen
4
75
T122
Harry Higgs
4
75
T122
William McGirt
4
75
T122
Keith Mitchell
4
75
T122
Martin Trainer
4
75
T127
John Augenstein (a)
5
76
T127
Gary Woodland
5
76
T129
Sung Kang
6
77
T129
Rory Sabbatini
6
77
T129
Hudson Swafford
6
77
132
Sebastián Muñoz
7
78
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