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Red-hot Lowry leads in Arizona
05 Feb 2016 14:02
Shane Lowry matched world No 4 Rickie Fowler and Japan's Hideki Matsuyama stride for stride to earn a three-way tie at the top of the Waste Management Phoenix Open leaderboard.
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It could have been even better for the Offaly man in Arizona. He scorched out of the traps, carding five birdies in his first nine holes.
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Back-to-back bogeys on the fifth and sixth frustrated the 28-year-old, but his opening six-under-par 65 was studded with enough class to give Lowry real hope that he can stay in the mix over the weekend.
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Four bogeys and a double bogey left Padraig Harrington languishing on three-over after his 74. Greystones man Paul Dunne was among the day's late starters.
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"My game feels good, I feel like I'm hitting it good," said Lowry. "I just need to be more aggressive and less tentative. To shoot 65 is nice."
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Fowler struck six birdies and an eagle, but was hurt by two bogies on the 16th and 18th, while Matsuyama also registered eight one-unders and two bogies.
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Anirbahn Lahiri and Bryce Molder are a shot further back on five-under. Molder was unable to complete his round as bad light brought an end to play with him having completed 16 holes.
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England's Greg Owen carded a 67 while Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson are further back on two-under.
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USA's Keegan Bradley would have been in tied-fourth on five-under, but he was hit with a two-stroke penalty after taking to the course with 15 clubs instead of the permitted 14.
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