Rickie Fowler is hoping for a change of fortune at the Waste Management Phoenix Open after taking a share of the lead at the halfway mark.
Two years ago, Fowler blew a two-shot advantage on the 17th, before losing in the play-off to Hideki Matsuyama, while he finished fourth in the tournament last season.
The American will hope it’s third time lucky at the TPC Scottsdale course after a five-under 66 on Friday saw him join Bryson DeChambeau at the top of the leaderboard on 10 under overall.
Back-to-back 66s for @RickieFowler.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 3, 2018
Fowler birdied four of the opening six holes, although there was a bogey on his old nemesis of the 17th.
“From the first couple times I played it, I knew it was just kind of a matter of time before I would win here,” Fowler said.
“I know I can win here. I put myself in position plenty of times.”
DeChambeau birdied the last two holes to join Fowler at the top of the leaderboard, with the pair a solitary shot ahead of Daniel Berger and Chez Reavie.
What a finish!
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 2, 2018
The American trio of Scott Stallings, Chesson Hadley, and Chris Kirk are at eight under, while Phil Mickelson and world number two Jon Rahm are a shot behind.
However, there were some big name casualties after Jordan Spieth missed the cut by following up a 72 with a 70, while defending champion Hideki Matsuyama was forced to pull out with a wrist injury.