Haas leads the way in Phoenix as Spieth struggles early

Feb 02, 2018, 21:12
Haas leads the way in Phoenix as Spieth struggles early

The Phoenix Open is the best-attended tournament on the tour and is known for its rowdy atmosphere, especially at the par-three "Coliseum" 16th hole, which is surrounded by stands that can house 20,000 fans.

World number two and Spaniard Jon Rahm is a stroke further back at four under following his opening-round 67.

That good play also got him into the interview room and he revealed: "It was a continuation of last week, I hit the ball really well, putter wasn't quite there last week".

What: Waste Management Phoenix Open Where: TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course, Scottsdale, Ariz.

"It's not bad for the first day", Matsuyama said. In his first official tournament in year, Tiger had a very respectable showing of T23 at the Farmers Insurance Open despite hitting only 17 fairways the entire week.

In which case I'll look to the bigger prices with more each-way juice and take one of Spieth and Thomas' great friends on Tour - Daniel Berger.

The victor two weeks ago in La Quinta, Rahm eagled the par-5 third on his second nine. In 2015, he finished T10, followed that up with a T12, and then four under-par rounds a year ago gave landed him at T12th. Dustin Johnson, at No. 1, will not be competing.

"I knew going out early this morning when it was cold the first few holes on the back nine can jump up and get you if you're not careful", Fowler told Golf Channel.

"I think the yardage fit me nicely on the second shots".

Lee is yet to find his rhythm in the new year though will be pleased to have broken a run of three straight missed cuts in qualifying for the weekend at Torrey Pines.

"He could care less if I played well or bad, he was always supporting us".

He was, though, very much in the mix previous year until a last round of 73 saw him slip to 24th after heading into Sunday inside the top 10 and only one behind eventual victor Hideki Matsuyama. I like desert golf courses. The Japanese star is trying to match Arnold Palmer's record of three straight victories.

"I was a little disappointed in some of the stuff that was said, as I don't mind the normal boos for missing a green, that's fine, but leave the heckling to a minimum", he said.

There are also five former Waste Management Phoenix Open champions: Phil Mickelson, Aaron Baddeley, J.B. Holmes, Kyle Stanley and the reigning champion and two-time victor Hideki Matsuyama.