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Haas grabs two-stroke lead at Phoenix Open
February 03, 2018
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Los Angeles: Bill Haas fired an eagle and five birdies to seize a two-stroke lead at the US PGA Tour Phoenix Open on Thursday, with plenty of big names within striking distance.

Haas sparkled before the raucous crowds at TPC Scottsdale, teeing off on the 10th hole and making the turn five-under.

He rolled in a 20-foot eagle putt at the par-five 15th, and gave himself a three-footer for birdie at the par-three 16th — delighting the massive gallery at the “stadium” hole.

Haas said salvaging a par after two bad shots at 11 steadied him. He rolled in a 13-footer for birdie at 12 and birdied the par-five 13th despite hitting into a native area off the tee.

Two birdies coming in gave him a seven-under par who teed off at the 10th hole, surged to a seven-under par 64.

Khongwatmai ahead

Thai teenager Phachara Khongwatmai posted a bogey-free round 65 to share a joint single-stroke lead with Italy’s Nino Bertasio at the halfway stage of the Maybank Championship in Malaysia on Friday. The duo hold a marginal advantage over Scotland’s Marc Warren, Japan’s Yuta Ikeda and English duo Lee Westwood and Chris Paisley, who are all tied on third.

Thai sensation Phachara, 18, said he learnt a lot from the match-play style tournament.

Earlier, Westwood finished with a 62 after an astonishing 11 birdies at the Saujana golf and Country Club, where he won the Malaysian Open in 1997.

Agence France-Presse

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