Fowler leads heading into final day in Phoenix

Waste Management Phoenix Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

"I'm trying to focus on right here, right now, more than focusing on the win", he said.

Fowler has had a lot of success at TPC Scottsdale without winning. He tied for 12th last week at Torrey Pines in San Diego. "I put myself in position plenty of times".

He said he'd try to shut out thoughts of the number one ranking, which he admitted got to him in a disappointing finish at Torrey Pines last week.

The crowd pushed the week total to 654,906, just short of the record of 655,434 set a year ago.

"I turned a round that could have been 74 or 75 into - I think I shot 71 that day", Fowler said.

World No.4 Thomas, last year's PGA Tour player of the year, birdied the first six holes to take the lead.

Berger had a bogey-free 65.

"It's just a matter of time", Fowler said. "Mostly, it's just about just enjoying yourself". He's the only player without a bogey after two rounds.

"To win tournaments out here is great, but to win one that you grew up going to would be very special", Reavie said. "So this is like the fifth major for me".

DeChambeau shot 68. He lost the lead with a bogey on 17 after driving into the water.

Fowler is wearing a pin on his hat with a picture of Griffin Connell, the area boy he befriended at the event who died last week at age 7. Griffin was born with a rare airway disorder.

"I'm getting the full experience playing with Phil and Jon", Schauffele said. "Griffin, he's not here with us, but we know he's watching from above".

Joining Rahm in a tie for second are Chez Reavie (67) and Bryson DeChambeau (68).

The 47-year-old Hall of Famer is making his record-tying 29th start in the event he won in 1996, 2005 and 2013.

Fowler was even for the round through 12 holes, but he birdied 13 and his final three.

"There's no question that I play better down the stretch with people here", Mickelson said. In an eventful third round he hit four birdies, three bogies and two double bogies.

He looked set to claim the solo lead on Friday until he overcooked his chip shot at the par-four 17th for a soft bogey.

The victor in each of the last two years, Hideki Matsuyama was forced to withdraw with a shoulder injury.

The Englishman shot a 70 to trail the leaders by three strokes.

Former world No. 1 Jordan Spieth exited before the weekend. He's 2 under after a 69.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top At least two dead in USA train collision
Feb 05, 2018 - 06:16
Other passengers were bleeding. "It appears Amtrak was on the wrong track", SC governor Henry McMaster told a news conference. The NTSB said it was working to confirm that. "I thought it was a little odd ", Larkin said of the request.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top US Missile Interceptor Test off the Hawaiian Coast Fails
Feb 04, 2018 - 01:17
The United States did successfully intercept a medium-range ballistic missile off the coast of Hawaii in an August 2017 test. This is the fifth test of the missile in general, and the third one in which it attempted to intercept another missile.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top J&K: Avalanche hits Army camp in Kupwara, 3 soldiers dead, 1 injured
Feb 04, 2018 - 01:12
The avalanche hit an army post near the Line of Control around 11:20 am, defence ministry sources told news agency IANS. Deceased soldiers were identified as Havaldar Kamlesh Kumar, Niak Balbeer and Sepor Rajinder.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Russia Confirms Warplane Downed Over Syria, Pilot Dead
Feb 04, 2018 - 01:06
About 45 Russian military personnel have been confirmed dead in Syria, along with an unknown number of contractors. With the help of Russian forces, the Syrian government has managed to take back much of the country held by rebels.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Mahrez To Join Man City Before Window Closes?
Feb 03, 2018 - 09:46
Leicester stood tall and rejected advances from the Premier League leaders totalling around £65million. Riyad Mahrez is hoping to become a Manchester City player before the 11pm deadline.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top EBay rallies as it drops PayPal
Feb 02, 2018 - 21:17
Sumitomo Life Insurance Co. purchased a new stake in shares of Paypal during the fourth quarter worth approximately $2,268,000. And buyers will have a wider choice of options on the new, more open eBay payments platform (bitcoin, anyone?).

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top What's Next With Investigations Into MSU's Handling Of Nassar
Feb 01, 2018 - 00:39
David Doyle was the chairman of the Michigan Republican Party while Engler was governor. In a statement announcing her resignation, Simon denied any suggestion of a cover-up.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Federal prosecutors seek to drop criminal charges against US Senator Robert Menendez
Feb 01, 2018 - 00:36
Mendendez' defense lawyers argued that the donations must be tied to specific actions by Menendez to be considered bribes. A lawyer for Menendez said the senator was "pleased and grateful" about the decision.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Seller of ammo to Vegas shooter didn't know plan
Feb 01, 2018 - 00:33
The papers show that investigators found 23 rifles and a handgun in Paddock's 32nd-floor hotel suite and an adjoining room. He declined to provide additional details, saying he will answer questions at a news conference Friday with his attorney.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Quiksilver CEO missing at sea off France
Feb 01, 2018 - 00:29
With a larger and stronger platform, we see many exciting opportunities for our employees, customers, suppliers, and athletes. Nearly three hours later, his 36ft sailboat - the Mascaret III - was found empty and washed up on the French Atlantic coast.

Teacher recorded calling military 'lowest of our low' in classroom rant
Jan 31, 2018 - 08:48
The Quinonezes were expected to meet with school officials Monday in hope of ensuring the safety of Victor and his siblings. Then he made the comments, and Victor started surreptitiously taping it when he got back to his desk, Rodriguez said.

Britain's Prince William, Princess Kate try bandy hockey in Sweden
Jan 31, 2018 - 08:48
The competitive couple, whose third child is due in April, kept warm by sipping hot chocolate with local school children. The men's tournament finishes on 5 February.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top New Species of Titanosaur Unearthed in Egypt: Mansourasaurus shahinae
Jan 31, 2018 - 08:45
This suggests that some dinosaurs were moving between Africa and Europe during the Late Cretaceous , Sallamsaid in the statement. Rather than being a piece of a jigsaw filling in the gaps in dinosaur history, it is more like "a corner piece", said Dr Gorscak.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top CIA Director: China Has More Potential to Harm US
Jan 31, 2018 - 08:41
He said the nations could launch a collective mission to combat China's efforts to increase influence over the West. Despite this, he told the BBC he was "confident that America will be able to have a free and fair election".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Andrew McCabe stepping down as Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director
Jan 30, 2018 - 01:24
Wray threatened to resign if McCabe was sacked , prompting Sessions to back off, Axios and The Washington Post reported. In December, Trump tweeted "FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits".