Rickie Fowler closed his second round with four straight birdies en route to a 6-under 65 and a one-shot lead at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Fowler put on a brilliant display with his irons Friday afternoon at TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course, including his tee shot on the famed par-3 16th, which he hit tight after urging the crowd to make noise.
The 30-year-old’s only carded one bogey through 36 holes and sits at 13-under for the event, one shot better Justin Thomas.
Thomas – who is sharing a rental house with Fowler for the week in Phoenix – followed his opening-round 64 with a 66 in Round 2.
The housemates will be in the final group out at 12:45 p.m. ET for Saturday’s third round, which typically hosts the loudest crowds of an already-loud week in Phoenix.
South African Branden Grace fired the low round of the day with a 7-under 64. He’s alone in second, two back of Fowler.
Speaking of Mickelson, he and Tony Finau failed to make the 1-under cutline. Lefty remains one made cut away from 500 in his PGA Tour career, while Finau has now missed four straight cuts in Phoenix.
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