Fowler leads heading into final day in Phoenix

Updated / Sunday, 4 Feb 2018 12:05

Fowler watching his birdie putt on the 18th on Saturday

Rickie Fowler will take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open after a big finish on Saturday in Arizona.

Shane Lowry is down towards the bottom of the leaderboard having shot a three over 74 on Saturday to leave him on plus two for the tournament. In an eventful third round he hit four birdies, three bogies and two double bogies.

Fowler entered round three in a tie for the lead but was not at his best in the early stages as he turned in level par before birdieing the 13th.

A birdie-birdie-birdie finish saw him card 67, then propelled him to the top of the leaderboard on 14 under.

Fowler enters the final day ahead of countrymen Bryson DeChambeau and Chez Reavie and Spaniard Jon Rahm, who posted a 65 to tie for second.

Dechambeau signed for a round of 68 to join them in second, one shot ahead of five-time major champion - and former Arizona State player - Phil Mickelson, as well as Daniel Berger and Xander Schauffele.

Fowler said: "It was a grind. Just a little off in certain areas and just kind of tried to piece things together."

Rahm ended his round well with four birdies in his last six holes, while Reavie had a birdie-birdie finish.
Scotsman Martin Laird birdied three of his last four holes to sign for a 68 and sit four shots off the lead.