Bill Haas leads with two shots over Rickie Fowler
Bill Haas shot bogey-free seven-under 64 to lead with two shots over Rickie Fowler, Billy Horschel, Bryson DeChambeau, Chesson Hadley, and Chris Kirk.
World No. 65 shot five-under in five holes from 12th to 16th with two consecutive birdies on 12th and 13th, par on the 14th, an eagle with a 20-footer on the par-5 15th and another birdie on the 16th and aided them with two more birdies on the front nine, at TPC Scottsdale.
“I like playing in the desert, I love the turf, I love the grass, the greens are going to get firmer and firmer. I think it will put an emphasis on the driver, if you can drive it in the fairway, I still think you’ll see guys shoot good scores. But if the wind stays down like this in perfect conditions, it’s fun golf.”
Rickie Fowler trails the leader by two shots with five-under 66 consisting an eagle on the par-5 15th, four birdies and a lone bogey on the par-3 16th.
“After the first couple years here I just figured it was a matter of time before I was the last one standing on Sunday,” Fowler said. “We have given ourselves some pretty good chances. Losing to Hideki two years ago in the playoff. It’s just a matter of time, I know I can win here and sometimes you just got to be in the right place at the right time or not get a bad kick on 17, but we’re going to get one.”
Fowler is joined by Billy Horschel, Bryson DeChambeau who is making his debut at Waste Management, Chesson Hadley, and Chris Kirk.
Jon Rahm entered the tournament with a win at the Career Builder Challenge and a second finish at the Sony Open in Hawaii and is aiming for the top spot in the OWGR this season. Rahm fired 4-under 68 consisting an eagle on the par-5 third hole, three birdies, and a bogey on the last hole restricting him from a T-2nd finish for a T-7th finish with Brian Gay, Bubba Watson, Vaugh Taylor, and Gary Woodland.
Hideki Matsuyama, the defending champion fired 2-under 69 for the day consisting five birdies and three bogeys for a T-29th finish and is joined by Nick Taylor, Kevin Na, Luke List, Bud Cauley, Cameron Smith, Cody Gribble, Brandt Snedeker, Mac Hughes, Tony Finau, Sung Kang, Ben Martin, Scott Stallings, Brian Stuard, Kevin Chappell, and Dominic Bozzelli.
Anirban Lahiri recently shifted to Callaway from Srixon and finished his round one for a T-83rd on the board at 1-over 72 consisting two birdies and three bogeys in his round.