Fowler takes control at halfway stage in Phoenix
Rickie Fowler holds a one-shot lead at the Waste Management Phoenix Open after birdieing his last four holes of the second round.
The 30-year-old began the day in a three-way tie for the lead at TPC Scottsdale, alongside Justin Thomas and Harold Varner III, after an opening 64 and quickly made in-roads in improving that score with birdies at the second and sixth before a dropped shot at the ninth.
The four-time PGA Tour winner collected another shot at the 12th before a storming finish, capping off four successive gains with an eight-foot putt at the last as he signed for a six-under 65.
That was enough to move him a shot clear of Thomas, who made the turn in 32, adding further birdies at the 10th and 13th before a first bogey of the week at the 14th dropped him to second on the leaderboard on 12-under.
Fowler and Thomas are sharing a house this week in Arizona and Fowler admits it is nice to be able to laud it over his close friend heading into the weekend.
"Getting to play with your buddies, those are the people you want to lose to the least," said Fowler. "So having bragging rights right now -- we have a long way to go, there's a lot of golf to be played -- that will be fun. I definitely don't want him out in front of me."
South African Branden Grace fired a hole-in-one on his way to posting a joint-low round of the day of 64, moving him to within two of the lead in a share of third with Trey Mullinax.
Matt Kuchar and Cameron Smith both shots 65s to move to 10-under, while defending champion Gary Woodland is six off the lead after moving into a share of 11th.
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