Fowler and Thomas set the pace at TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course, carding their bogey-free rounds in the morning wave of tee times. Varner managed to catch the clubhouse leaders with his eight-birdie performance in the afternoon.
Plenty of marquee names linger near the top of the leaderboard with lots of golf left to be played, including Bubba Watson (5-under), Matt Kuchar (4-under), Jon Rahm (4-under), and Xander Schauffele (4-under).
Phil Mickelson – a three-time winner of the Phoenix Open – carded an opening-round 68 to put him four shots behind the leaders.
Notable Tony Finau opened with a disappointing 1-over 72.
Round 2 begins Friday at 9:20 a.m. ET.
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