Scottie Scheffler poised to defend title

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February 12, 2023
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Defending champion Scottie Scheffler carded a 68 on moving day to take a two-shot lead into the final day of the WM Phoenix Open.

"I didn't hit it as well today as I hoped to. But still got around in 3-under. Kept the ball in play for the most part. Just kept plugging along. Only one bogey was good today.

"Something I talked about at the beginning of the week was I felt like I've been on the outside looking in on Sundays. To be in the final group with a two-shot lead, I believe, is definitely a position I want to be in. I'm looking forward to tomorrow."

Should the American win on Sunday, he would return to World No. 1, provided Rory McIlroy finishes outside of solo third. He could also do it with a runner-up finish if McIlroy finishes T36 or worse. The Northern Irishman currently lies in T28 at 3-under.

Canadian Nick Taylor closed with a 67 and shares second place at 11-under with Spain's Jon Rahm who birdied three of his last six holes for a 68 including a 40-foot putt for birdie at the 16th.

"To be even par through 11 was challenging," said Rahm. "I had to dig deep to make a few putts and keep the round going. The few birdie putts that I had I didn't really take advantage of. I had plenty of them. In that stretch of 2, 3 and 4 I wish I would have gotten a couple more than I did. At least an easier 2-putt on 3.

"Had a putt on 6. Had a putt on 7. Had a putt on 9. At least I made the par putts, right. But, yeah, after that I got a couple fortunate bounces.

"On 14 I got a little lucky and was able to make a birdie from a really, really one of the worse swings of the day. So I can't really say much.

"One thing to learn from Seve is that there's thousands of ways to post a score. He had more than others. But I'm glad that I was able to pull through with an under par, in the 60s, round today."

Rahm could move to No. 1 with a victory if McIlroy finishes worse than solo second or with a runner-up finish if McIlroy finishes worse than 47th and Scheffler doesn't win.

American Jordan Spieth (69) moved into a share of fourth place at 10-under alongside Canadian Adam Hadwin (71).

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T16Taylor Moore-7697067206
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WM Phoenix Open 2023

Date: February 9th - 12th 2023

Location: TPC Scottsdale (Stadium Course), Scottsdale, Arizona

Purse: $20,000,000

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