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Eighteen-hole leader Ben Crane chased his opening 63 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic with a 5-under-par 32-33=65 to post 12-under 128 at the midpoint, good for a comfortable 36-hole clubhouse lead.

Lift, clean and place for preferred lies is in play again for the second round. Unlike Thursday's impressive effort, Crane didn't go bogey-free today, walking off with a 5 at the par-4 18th for his only square on the card, but he drilled home six birdies prior to it. The set included rolls of 43'9", 22'3" and 14'1" at Nos. 1, 7 and 11, respectively. No one else complete through two rounds is lower than 3-under 137 and those closest in pursuit still on the course are five strokes back. Crane has already evoked thoughts of Brian Gay's five-shot romp at TPC Southwind in 2009. Gay closed at 18-under 262 that week. The tournament record is John Cook's 22-under 258 in 1996, but that was before the bentgrass greens were replaced with Bermuda and the course was renovated in 2004.
Fri, Jun 6, 2014 01:38:00 PM

Danny Lee crafted a 5-under-par 34-32=66 in the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to post 9-under 133, tied second with Rickie Fowler and one back of 36-hole leader James Hahn.

Lee chased 67 with today's seven-birdie against two-bogey effort in R2. He split 12 (of 14) fairways for a second straight day and leads the field thru 36 holes in driving accuracy (24/28) at a stellar 85.71 percent clip. The 25-year-old, who's never made the cut here in three previous tries, landed just 11 greens, but posted an eye-catching 1.545 putts per GIR. His split featured three birdies that traveled between 18 and 24 feet and circled three straight on Nos. 15-17 on his outward half.
Feb 5 - 9:18 PM

The second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open was suspended at 6:12 p.m. MT due to darkness (stranding four players) and will resume on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. Approximate R3 tee times are between 9-11 a.m.

No frost delays today like in yesterday's lid-lifter but all 130 players still couldn't get around. Overnight tri-leader Shane Lowry once again beat the horn, back-pedaling a bit with a 1-under-par 33-37=70 in R2. The 28-year-old was a steady 2-under on his loop thru 16 holes with four birdies against two bogeys, but then swallowed double bogey-6 on the drivable par-4 17th after putting his approach long and into the water. He responded with a birdie-3 from 3'7" at the par-4 18th, his fifth birdie on just 11 greens in regulation. Lowry's 7-under 135 is three adrift of 36-hole leader James Hahn.
Feb 5 - 8:41 PM

A trio lead after 18 holes with 65s, including Rickie Fowler, who chased with 3-under-par 34-34=68 on day two of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to post 9-under 133, down one spot on the day and into a two-way T2 with Danny Lee.

TPC Scottsdale's previous Friday attendance record (123K) was shattered with 160,415 packing the grounds. Fowler backed-up his pre-tourney claim of loving the atmosphere opening in 65-68 to trail 36-hole leader James Hahn by one. He sleepwalked thru his first 12 holes on Friday, circling just one (two-putt) birdie at the par-5 third and 11 pars. But, as he's been known to do (see THE PLAYERS), he awoke to add birdies at 13, 15 and 18. The walk-off 3 at the par-4 18th, from 3'10", was a bounce back from a sloppy three-putt from 26'5" at the drivable par-4 17th, his only dropped shot on the round.
Feb 5 - 8:23 PM

James Hahn hung a bogey-free 6-under-par 32-33=65 on TPC Scottsdale in the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open and at 10-under 132, is the 36-hole leader.

In his 65th career start, Hahn won his maiden (and only) TOUR title last February at the Northern Trust Open. At Riviera CC, he was T11 thru 36 holes (66-74), and closed in 69-69, eventually winning a three-man playoff. He's in the top spot after two days in Scottsdale, one better than overnight tri-leader Rickie Fowler and Danny Lee. The 34-year-old went off No. 10 tee and holed-out from 23 yards for birdie-3 to kick things off. He added a 32'2" bomb at the par-5 13th and a six-footer at the 15th for birdie-4. Hahn scrambled for pars on 16 and 17 to turn 3-under. He circled three after the break at 2, 3 and 6 (each from inside seven feet) to complete his scoring. The UC-Berkeley product missed five greens but saved par each time and ties Scott Piercy for low lap of the day.
Feb 5 - 8:00 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

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




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