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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, February 03, 2018 1:00 am


Fowler moves into tie for Phoenix Open lead

Associated Press

 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Rickie Fowler took a share of the lead halfway through the Waste Management Phoenix Open. He knows from experience the party is just getting started.

“Just keep the gas pedal down,” Fowler said.

Fowler has had a lot of success at TPC Scottsdale without winning. He finished a shot behind Hunter Mahan in 2010, lost to Hideki Matsuyama on the fourth extra hole in 2016, and tied for fourth last year.

“From the first couple times I played it, I knew it was just kind of a matter of time before I would win here,” Fowler said. “I know I can win here. I put myself in position plenty of times.”

Fowler was tied with Bryson DeChambeau, with each shooting his second straight 5-under 66.

DeChambeau birdied the final two holes, hitting a wedge to 8 inches on the par-4 18th late on another 80-degree afternoon.

He won the John Deere Classic last year.

In 2015, the former SMU star became the fifth player to win the NCAA individual title and U.S. Amateur in the same year.

Daniel Berger and former Arizona State player Chez Reavie were a stroke back.


EUROPEAN: In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Lee Westwood sank 11 birdies in scoring a low-round-of-the-day 62 to finish one shot behind the leaders halfway through the Maybank Championship. 

Phachara Khongwatmai of Thailand and Nino Bertasio of Italy shared the lead after matching 65s in the second round. 

With Westwood at 10 under were fellow Englishman Chris Paisley (69), Marc Warren of Scotland (66), and Yuta Ikeda of Japan (64).