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Roberto Castro spun a 5-under-par 34-32=66 in his opening round of the AT&T National to assume sole possession of the clubhouse lead.

You'll recall when Castro zipped out to the 18-hole lead at THE PLAYERS with a 63 only to chase it with a 78 in the second round. Time will well if history repeats itself at Congressional. He went 6-for-7 in scrambling today and buried a field-tying-high six birdies, five of which disappearing from outside 14 feet. The set including conventional conversions from 35'10" and 27'2" at the 12th and first holes, respectively. He also chipped in from the greenside rough for birdie at 5 and poured in par save from 10'6" at No. 3. At the time he signed his card, he led the field in strokes gained-putting with a clip north of 4.925.
Thu, Jun 27, 2013 04:26:00 PM

Brian Gay authored a 2-under-par 34-35=69 in round two of the Waste Management Phoenix Open for a 36-hole aggregate of 3-under 139.

The last time Gay cashed a TOUR paycheck was for T71 at the Travelers Championship in June of 2014. Granted, that was only six events ago, having not played at all in the 2014-15 season and missing his first two cuts in 2016. Still, the 44-year-old -- who has 25 starts remaining on his Major Medical Extension -- has to be relieved, after opening his 14th WM Phoenix Open in 70-69. Play is still in progress, but he's up 28 spots on the day to T19. Thru 36 holes, Gay has hit 16 (of 28) fairways (57.14 percent), and just 47.22 percent of his greens (17/36), but he's currently ninth in the field in strokes gained: putting with a cumulative 4.301.
Feb 5 - 5:51 PM

Overnight tri-leader Hideki Matsuyama carved out a 1-under-par 33-37=70 in today's second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to post 7-under 135, good for the early 36-hole clubhouse lead.

Matsuyama, a three-way T2 here last year, was in a three-way T1 (Rickie Fowler/Shane Lowry) after 18 holes were eventually completed early on Friday. We mentioned his early celebration of his upcoming birthday (Feb. 25th) after yesterday's 6-under 65, but his second frame was particularly less enjoyable. The 23-year-old had it going early with back-to-back birdies at three and four and another from 21'11" at the par-4 eighth, but played his last 10 holes in 2-over, squaring bogeys at nine, 14 and 18 (failed scrambles). His lone par breaker on his inward half was from 6'4" at the drivable par-4 17th.
Feb 5 - 3:17 PM

After five holes of his second round, Carl Pettersson withdrew from the Waste Management Phoenix Open with a wrist injury.

The 38-year-old posted a 1-over 72 in the first round, and was 3-over thru his first five holes of round two when he bowed out. Peterrsson entered the week off three straight missed cuts in 2016 and also missed his last two cuts at TPC Scottsdale, so there is probably little fantasy impact, if any. This was the Swede's fifth mid-tournament WD in his 381st career start. He was in the first threesome of No. 10 tee on Friday morning leaving partners Jeff Overton and William McGirt to fend for themselves.
Feb 5 - 11:11 AM

The resumption of the first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open (and the start of round two) began at 7:31 a.m. MT.

Thirty-three players (of 132) still have their respective lid-lifters to complete. Daniel Berger, the 2015 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year was not one of them. He toured the Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale on Thursday morning in 3-under 68, erasing one bogey with four birdies. The 22-year-old, making his second appearance in the desert (T10/2015), found just five (of 14) fairways in R1, but hit 14 greens in regulation and posted a 1.714 mark in putts per GIR. Berger is scheduled to begin his second round at 11:49 a.m. off No. 1 tee.
Feb 5 - 9:47 AM

Rafa Cabrera-Bello finished strongly to take pole position into the weekend at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, shooting 5-under-par 32-35=67 for a halfway total of 10-under 134, one shot clear of a three-way tie for second.

A winner of this event in 2012, runner-up last week in Qatar, the Spaniard looks primed to maintain his challenge. If his first round 67 was built on a solid long game (17-for-18 in greens in regulation), the second round 67 owed more to his short game skills, specifically his putter, which needed only 26 swings. He signed for birdies at 2, 3, 7, 9, 15 and 18, with just the one bogey on 6. He completed the round by converting a 10-foot birdie chance on the final green which earned him a slender one shot lead over the field. There are ten players within three shots of him.
Feb 5 - 8:53 AM

The first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open was suspended at 6:11 p.m. MT due to darkness. The resumption of R1 and the start of R2 are scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Friday. UPDATE: Molder parred the eighth, but bogeyed the ninth (failed scramble) to post a 4-under-par 34-33=67, T5 with R1 play still in progress.

Lack of light was the final culprit but it traces its roots to a 45-minute (and eventual) one-hour frost delay at the beginning of the proceedings. Bryce Molder, who went off No. 10 tee, was bogey-free 5-under thru 16 holes when play was halted. Just about all of the names ahead/behind him on the leaderboard have all completed their respective loops, including the trio of 18-hole clubhouse leaders Rickie Fowler, Shane Lowry and Hideki Matsuyama, who all posted 6-under 65s. When play resumes, the 37-year-old Scottsdale resident will be hitting his second to the par-4 eighth from the fairway, 169 yards to the hole.
Feb 4 - 8:54 PM

Hideki Matsuyama painted a 6-under-par 33-32=65 in round one of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to join a three-way tie for the lead with early-wavers Rickie Fowler and Shane Lowry.

The 23-year-old's birthday is not until Feb. 25th but he celebrated early with eight birdies against two bogeys. He went off No. 10 tee in the late wave and circled birdies at 11 (from 22 feet) and 13, before three straight on 15-17, the latter four dropping from inside seven feet. In-between, he dropped a shot on the par-4 14th after missing the surface, one of four missed greens on the day. Matsuyama, who shared second here last year, circled a nine-footer at the par-4 first and added a pair of 12-footers at three and six to offset bogey-4 at the fourth. He had a two chances at sole possession over his final three holes -- from between 12 and 15 feet -- but didn't convert.
Feb 4 - 8:31 PM

After 12 holes of his first round, Erik Compton withdrew from the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

No reason was given for his sixth mid-tournament WD in his 143rd professional start but the 36-year-old was 4-over thru his first 12 holes. It started off great, with birdie at the par-4 first, but he immediately chased with three consecutive bogeys to turn 2-over. Compton later called it quits after double bogey-5 at the 12th. Updates to this post will be forthcoming if/when more information becomes known.
Feb 4 - 5:29 PM

Shane Lowry crafted a 6-under-par 34-31=65 to kick off his tourney debut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. UPDATE: With play suspended due to darkness at 6:11 p.m. MT, Lowry co-leads in the clubhouse with Rickie Fowler and Hideki Matsuyama.

Lowry is one (of 31) making their maiden visit to TPC Scottsdale and he's also a first-time member on TOUR, though not a rookie. He opened off No. 10 tee and circled par breakers at 11 (from 28'5") and 13 before connecting three straight on holes 16-18, including a 29-footer at the raucous par-3 16th, and a 25'4" roll at the par-4 18th. After turning in blemish-free 5-under, the 28-year-old outpaced bogeys at five and six (failed scrambles) with circles on Nos. 3 and 4, and iced it with a 26'5" birdie at the par-3 seventh. The Irishman's totals show nine (of 14) fairways, 13 greens in regulation and at last check, a tidy 3.816 strokes gained: putting.
Feb 4 - 5:12 PM

Rickie Fowler smoothed an opening 6-under-par 33-32=65 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, good for the early clubhouse lead with Shane Lowry. UPDATE: With play suspended at 6:11 p.m. MT due to darkness, Fowler co-leads in the clubhouse with Lowry and Hideki Matsuyama.

Fowler chased his third international victory in Abu Dhabi with a 12 time-zone jaunt to La Jolla and a missed cut (by one) after 73-71. The World No. 4 is the highest-ranked player in the 132-man field this week and he played like it. He needed just 24 putts to tour the Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale and it began early with birdie from 16'1" at the par-4 10th (his first hole). Fowler added circles at 12 (36'8") and a two-putt birdie at the par-5 13th before canning a 27-footer for eagle-3 at 15. In-between, he dropped a 10-footer for a sand save at the par-4 14th. The 27-year-old rounded off his first half in bogey-birdie-bogey to turn 4-under. He played his inward nine in blemish-free 2-under carding birdies at the par-5 third and a walk-off 3 at the ninth from 12'6".
Feb 4 - 4:44 PM

Keegan Bradley rallied to shoot a 3-under-par 33-35=68 in the first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale.

Bradley swallowed double bogey-6 on his first hole of the day after being assessed a two-stroke penalty due to a self-reported extra club in the bag. He composed and answered with birdies at Nos. 3, 5, 7, and 9 to turn 2-under. Three of those dropped from inside of five feet but he landed a bomb from 43'5" at the par-4 fifth. The 29-year-old, making his fifth straight appearance in the desert, squared bogey at the par-4 14th (failed sand save) but erased it with circles on 12 and 15. Bradley found half (of 14) fairways and mustered just 10 greens in regulation, but he's currently second in the field in putts per GIR at 1.400.
Feb 4 - 3:56 PM




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