SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Scottie SchefflerIn a bid to defend his title and regain No. 1, he held on Saturday at the WM Phoenix Open. No. 1 in the world
Scheffler was ranked second and shot a 3-under 68 to win in front of more than 200,000 fans, including WNBA star. Brittney GrinerTPC Scottsdale: To get to 13 under, 2 strokes behind third-ranked Jon RahmAnd Nick Taylor.
Scheffler stated that one thing Scheffler talked about was feeling like Ive been looking in from the outside on Sundays. I believe that to be in the final group with a lead of two shots is a position that I want to be. Tomorrow is a great day.
Rahm also scored a 68, curling a 40-footer for birdie at the stadium 16th. This was his third birdie after four holes.
Rahm stated, A few swings that weren’t so bad put me into some bad situations. I was able scavenge really well.
Griner sat and watched the rowdy 16th. Griner watched the action on rowdy 16th. Phoenix MercuryShe is spending time at her home to recuperate from the time she spent in Russian prison. She was traded in a dramatic prisoner exchange in December.
Taylor shot 67.
Taylor stated, Its great to be in this environment. I believe if you arent having fun, you shouldnt do what were doing. Its a lot fun.
Scheffler would win the No. Scheffler would take the No. Rory McIlroyMcIlroy must win, but McIlroy must finish lower than McIlroy. McIlroy tied for 28th at 3 Under after a 70. Scheffler could also reach No. 1 by finishing solo second, if McIlroy is 36th (or worse) and Rahm does not win.
Rahm, a former Arizona State star from Spain would be ranked No. 1. With a victory if McIlroy finishes lower than a three way tie for second or solo second if McIlroy does not finish better than solo 47th.
Spieth finished with a score of 63 in the delayed second round. He added a score of 69 in the third round. This was highlighted by a bunker shot of 77 yards to 3 feet that allowed him to make a birdie on 17th par-4.
Spieth said, I could throw a bucket of balls at the ball and not hit another one within ten feet. Those in-between bunker shots are some of the most difficult shots in golf and I feel that this is a strength to my game. I feel at ease in these situations for whatever reason.
Hadwin shot a 71 while playing in the final group alongside Scheffler, Rahm, and Rahm. He hit to 1½ feet for birdie on the 16th, the closest of the round on the par-3 hole on the final tee shot of the day.
Hadwin finished his second straight round 66 on Friday, the 11th green when second-round play was stopped due to darkness. He shared the lead with Scheffler at ten under.
Scheffler won last year Patrick CantlayHe won his first PGA Tour title in a playoff. Scheffler won the Arnold Palmer Invitational and WGC-Match Play, and was named the PGA Tours player the year.
The 26-year-old Texan bogeyed par-5 13th, his fourth bogey of the day. He followed that with a birdie par-4 14th. He hit a 5-iron shot 210 yards to four feet. He also birdied the 17h.
Scheffler said, Feel good. I didn’t hit it as well as I hoped today. Still, managed to get it in 3 under. Maintained the ball in play for most of the time. Just kept going. Today, there was only one bogey.
After the round, he went to the driving range.
Scheffler stated, I just wanted a couple drivers, and a couple irons. Nothing specific. I hit five balls and five putts, and came back to this place.
Rahm began the year with consecutive wins in The Sentry Tournament of Champions, and The American Express.
Rahm stated that he hoped to get off to a better start tomorrow and play a solid front nine. Then, he would be able to go into the back nine with a solid chance.
Fowler stated, Just managing our ways around. Obviously, I know that I can play well in this place. The atmosphere is great. The fans are special to me. So, Im trying to draw as many as I can from them.