Matt Kuchar leads the first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, before play was suspended due to darkness at TPC Scottsdale.
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Matt shot an opening bogey free round of -7 under 64 to lead the Waste Management Phoenix Open by one stroke;
“I drove the ball well, which you have to do around here, from there, I just played good, steady golf.”
Defending Champion Hideki Matsuyama is tied in second place with Brendan Steele, both with rounds of -6 under 65.
Hideki does not know why he plays so well at this venue;
“I have had such good success here and played well here, I wish I knew why I play well here.”
Sharing fourth place, at -5 under par are, John Peterson, Robert Garrigus, Scott Brown, Chris Kirk and Byeong Hun An.
In the large group at -4 under par is last years play-off loser Rickie Fowler;
“Little bit of everything. I’ve played well in the desert since I was a junior golfer.”
“Being here, I like the golf course. It’s fun to play. If you get it going and drive it well you can make a lot of birdies.”
“The energy here, the crowds, the amount of people that come out, especially tomorrow and Saturday, it’s fun.”
Jon Rahm, last weeks winner had a conservative start to this competition, -1 under par 70;
“It’s a lot different than having people that are not with me. It’s always helpful.”
“It’s great when you hit a shot, and even if you’re not happy with it, when people clap for you, they appreciate it, it always brings you up.”