Waste Management Phoenix Open. Rickie Fowler Wins.

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Rickie Fowler won the Waste Management Phoenix Open in dramatic style, even carding a triple bogey seven on the par four 11th hole when he had a five shot lead at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona.Fowler victorious at Waste Management Phoenix OpenRickie / getty

Rickie followed his triple bogey with a bogey on the par three 12th, finishing with +3 over par 74, but still won the Waste Management Phoenix Open by two shots at -17 under par,  his challengers also struggling on the very wet final round. Making a poor chip onto the 11th green, the ball running through and into the water. Rickie took a penalty drop, but while he was up surveying the green the ball suddenly rolled back into the water, another penalty;

“That was a big kind of turnaround, at worst I make bogey with a semi-decent chip and I’m still very much in control of the tournament.”

“But with everything that happened there, that was a four shot swing pretty quickly.”

“It sucks, but it’s just kind of put that behind me.”

“I didn’t think it would be easy, but the way I was playing this week, I thought it would have been easier.”

“It was kind of grind it out. I had a couple of tough breaks and had to deal with the punches, a couple big ones, but it feels good now.”

“I never want to go through anything like that again, that was not fun.”

Branden Grace of South Africa was second at -15 under par, with a last round -2 under 69;

“He really dug down and pulled it off.” 

Third was Justin Thomas at -14 under par, he carded +1 over 72;

“I think he’s going to get more out of something like that, showing resilience and coming back like that, as opposed to going out there and winning by four or five.”

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Saudi International. Dustin Johnson Inaugural Winner.

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Dustin Johnson of the USA became the inaugural winner of the Saudi International being played at the Royal Greens Golf & Country Club in Saudi Arabia.Dustin Johnson celebrates with the trophy (Getty Images)        Dustin & Trophy / getty

Dustin shot -3 under par 67 last round to win the Saudi International by two strokes with a -19 under par total;

“It feels really good, any time you can win a professional golf tournament, no matter where it is in the world, it’s a big win.” 

“I’m honored to be the champion and I’m very pleased with the win.”

“The things that I’ve been working on are working and I’ve still got a lot of room for improvement. I’m very pleased with where the game is at.” 

“So I’m pleased with where the game’s at, and to get a win here, it’s a big win, gives me a lot of confidence going for the rest of the year.”

Li Haotong of China was second at -17 under par, with a final round -1 under 69;

“On the back nine, just a little bit off, and wasn’t my best over there today again.”

“But I learned a lot and especially that last few holes was good for me. I think he deserved to win this event.”

In third place was Tom Lewis of England, a last round -5 under par 65 was a good effort, giving a tournament total of -16 under par.

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Waste Management Phoenix Open. Rickie Reigns.

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Rickie Fowler reigns supreme at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, topping the leaderboard after 54 holes at TPC Scottsdale, in Arizona.Fowler leads entering Sunday at Waste ManagementRickie / getty

Rickie fired a -7 under par 64 to top the Waste Management Phoenix Open after 54 holes with a -20 under total, and will take a four shot lead into the final round tomorrow;

“It’s been nice to kind of have some things click on the swing this week.”

“We have been working on some things the last few weeks pretty hard and trying to just get into some better positions to make things more efficient and ultimately more consistent.”

” I obviously want to win here. This is a special place. It would be awesome.” 

Matt Kuchar has grabbed second place with third round -6 under 65 for a -16 under total;

“I played with Rickie the first two days; he’s playing great golf.”

 “Certainly he’s going to be the player to beat, especially if he keeps up on the form he’s on, but, however, I feel like my form’s pretty good, as well.”

Rickie’s house mate this week Justin Thomas slipped back into third place at -15 under par, a third round -3 under 68 could not keep him touch. He was asked about Rickie’s doubters who claim he does not win enough tournaments;

“Yeah, but the thing about Rick though is he doesn’t listen to that.”

 “And that’s why he has the probably the best demeanor on TOUR, that’s why he continued to play great golf, he continues to get himself in contention in the biggest tournaments.”

 “He would be the first to tell you he should have won more than he has.”

“But it’s hard to win, there’s only one winner every week, and he’s played plenty well enough, and I’m sure it’s going to happen plenty of times.”

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Saudi International. Li Shares Lead with Dustin.

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Li Haotong of China made history of a different kind. carding four Eagles in a round, to share the Saudi International lead with Dustin Johnson, USA.Li Haotong  (Getty Images)                   Li / getty

Li signed his third round card for -8 under par 62, with three Eagles on par fours and one on a par five. He also managed to throw in a bogey as well. The history making round saw him catch Dustin Johnson, -5 under 65 today,  at the top of the Saudi International leaderboard, both with -16 under par totals, giving them a five stroke advantage over the field going into the final round tomorrow.

Li spoke of his Eagle two at the first hole;

“If it didn’t go in the hole, it could have been off the green. It’s a very lucky eagle over there.”

“At the tenth, that’s what I wanted to play, that way, but I felt like I pushed it a little bit. I got a lucky bounce, kicked it left and went in the hole, which is very lucky, too.”

“Those eagles, especially the last couple of shots, were really solid but except that, honestly, my play wasn’t that good.”

“But I did make a lot of par putts.”

Dustin said he had played well once again;

“I thought I played well. I probably played just as well as I did yesterday.”

“I gave myself a lot of opportunities and made a lot of good putts. Just holed a few more yesterday than I did today, is the only difference.”

“For me, I just go out and play like I’ve been playing and hopefully can roll in a few more putts and see what I can do.”

“Haotong is a good player. He’s obviously playing well right now. I think it’s going to be kind of a tough match against him tomorrow for the most part, but I’m looking forward to it.”

Tom Lewis, England, has third place to himself at -11 under, he scored a more conventional bogey free -8 under 62, all birdies.

On  sad note today Sergio Garcia of Spain was disqualified from the competition for serious misconduct.

Sergio made a statement afterwards;

“I respect the decision of my disqualification.”

“In frustration, I damaged a couple of greens, for which I apologise for, and I have informed my fellow players it will never happen again.”

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Rickie Fowler leads the Waste Management Phoenix Open after 36 holes at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona.Fowler leads Waste Management Phoenix OpenRickie / getty

Rickie topped the Waste Management Phoenix Open leaderboard after 36 holes with a -6 under par 65, which included a bogey, but best of all he has bragging rights over house mate Justin;

“Getting to play with your buddies, those are the people you want to lose to the least.”

“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.”

Justin Thomas is second, he carded -5 under par 66 today to be one shot back at -12 under;

“No matter what we shot, it was going to be a good time, but it’s a little nicer knowing that we’re both sleeping in and playing in the last pairing.”

Tied in third place at -11 under par are Branden Grace of South Africa, his -7 under 64 round included a Hole in One, on  the 193 yard par three seventh hole . He is joined by Trey Mullinax, USA, who also signed for a -7 under 64 today.

Branden spoke of his Ace shot;

“I felt really good over the shot, hit a great shot and the guys behind the hole actually started jumping up before the ball actually went in.”

“When people start jumping up, you know it’s there or thereabouts. Obviously, what a nice place to have one.”

Sadly the crowds favorite Phil Mickelson has missed the cut, on his 30th appearance at this event.

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Saudi International. Dustin Johnson Has Half-Way Lead.

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Dustin Johnson of the USA has the half-way lead in the inaugural Saudi International at the Royal Greens Golf & Country Club.Dustin Johnson (Getty Images)        Dustin / getty

Dustin fired a bogey free second round -9 under par 61, a new course record, to lead the Saudi International by three shots at -11 under par;

“It was really good, you always have fun when you’re playing well.”

“I did a lot of the same things I did yesterday. The greens rolled a little bit better today. I just trusted the line that I was playing and made some putts today.”

“It was a very good round. I played really solid all day and gave myself a lot of opportunities.”

Sharing second place at -8 under are  Li Haotong of China, the recipient of last weeks ridiculous two shot penalty, he scored -5 under 65 today to be tied with Zander Lombard, South Africa, who had a round of -3 under 70.

Scott Hend, Australia, carded -7 under 63 today to be tied on that number with Fabrizio Zanotti of Paraguay, with his second round of -4 under 66.

Waste Management Phoenix Open. 3 Way Tie at the Top.

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There is three-way tie at the top of the Waste Management Phoenix Open after the opening round at TPC Scottsdale. Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas and Harold Varner 111 share the honor.Fowler, JT share house, lead at Waste Management

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Rickie,bogey free Justin also bogey free and Harold one bogey, all fired opening rounds of -7 under par 64 to share the Waste Management Phoenix Open lead by one stroke.

Rickie was annoyed at not making a last putt for birdie, and the lead alone;

“I was really hoping I was going to make that last putt.”

“I hit it perfect and it kind of, I thought it was going to break a little more at the end, it didn’t.”

“We’re sharing a house this week, so I wanted bragging rights at dinner tonight.”

House partner Justin said everything was under control;

“I was in control of everything from tee to green.”

Harold likes the crowd participation at this tournament;

“I think that’s the coolest thing about this tournament.”

“I’ve always embraced it.”

“I think it’s a great way to grow the game and if I wasn’t playing golf and I wasn’t in this tournament, there would be a really good chance that I’d be somewhere in the crowd.”

Tied in fourth place at -6 under are Martin Laird, Scotland and J.T. Poston, USA, both with rounds of 65.

Anything can happen here in Scottsdale, and crowd favorite Phil Mickelson is T27 at -3 under par. Saturday is moving day, expect Phil to move up the leaderboard.

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