Matsuyama withdraws from Phoenix Open with left wrist injury

Leishman with score to settle in Phoenix

"I've been struggling, so just practicing and working hard and trying to figure something out", Haas told the Golf Channel after his round.

Chalmers sits in a 17-way for 12th at three-under par, behind American Bill Hass who shot a seven-under 64 for a two-stroke lead at Scottsdale on Thursday. It all starts with the 16th hole, oh baby! Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas and Jon Rahm all in feature in what promises to be a fiercely competitive event, which brings together 22 of the top 30 players in the FedExCup standings.

Fowler bogeyed the 16th in a 66 that left him tied with Billy Horschel, Bryson DeChambeau, Chris Kirk and Chesson Hadley. Thomas made a double bogey in a 68.

But Fowler thought they went too far.

"It's frustrating", Thomas said.

Fowler is now the +550 favorite just ahead of Rahm at +700 (Rahm is three back of Haas). "There's just no place for that".

When Tiger Woods aced the hole in 1997 the cheer could be heard 10 miles away. The tournament estimated attendance at 655,434 a year ago, surpassing the home attendance of the Arizona Cardinals (513,741).

Spieth hit a 325-yard drive into the fairway and finished with a par for a 72.

"It's not bad for the first day", Matsuyama said. Haas added birdies Nos.

"Your heart beats a little faster during the day out here, there's just something to it, but this three-week stretch is a lot of fun and one I very much look forward to and I feel good about it for sure. Hopefully, it will be one of those weeks". Although five of the last 10 events, including the last two, have been decided in a playoff, historically the requirement of extra holes was rare.

"I like playing in the desert, " Haas said.

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Connell would have loved Fowler's round.

Griffin was born with an airway disorder, and had to undergo multiple surgeries throughout his life.

The Phoenix Open is well known as the biggest party in golf. Rahm tied for fifth in Phoenix when he was a junior at Arizona State.

The World No. 31 from Florida has won on the PGA Tour in each of the last two seasons.

Mickelson got a good bounce to set up a 5-footer, with the fans chanting "Phil!" Matsuyama came through a playoff against Webb Simpson, winning at the fourth extra hole.

Haas carded 7-under through 18 holes.

World No. 14 Leishman has been remarkably consistent in the past year, missing the cut in only two of his last 25 starts but it has been his regular contending for events that would see him rise to Australia's number one ranked golfer at the end of 2017.

"I think I hit it well enough to win last week and the putter didn't co-operate".

Japan's Hideki Matsuyama knows he'll join an exclusive club if he can grab a third straight Phoenix Open title this week.

Camilla Lennarth of Sweden shot a 69 and Laura Davies a 71.

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