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|Koepka joins TPC Scottsdale clubhouse lead||01-31-2015|
|Brooks Koepka blitzed TPC Scottsdale for a bogey-free 7-under-par 34-30=64 in the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, and he joins Hideki Matsuyama in the clubhouse lead at 10-under 203.||Koepka is an emerging star, already winning on the European Tour and earning his 2014-15 full PGA TOUR status by virtue of his performance on sponsor exemptions last season. He was quiet early in his round, dropping a 16-footer for birdie on the par-4 fifth to go with eight pars on his outward nine. He went nuts on the back, starting with a 28'11" birdie on the par-4 10th and a 16'1" birdie on the par-4 11th. He added four more birdies on 13, 15, 16 and 17 to complete his masterpiece. He will try and check off one more box tomorrow, attempting to win on the PGA TOUR for the first time.|
|Matsuyama cards a 63; WMPO clubhouse leader||01-31-2015|
|Hideki Matsuyama heated up late in his third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to post a bogey-free 8-under-par 32-31=63 and is the first man in at 10-under 203.||Matsuyama was solid all day, circling three birdies on the front nine at TPC Scottsdale and tacking on five more on the back. In fact, he birdied five of his last six holes to finish his round. Highlights included a 10'7" birdie at the par-4 second, a 22'11" birdie at the par-4 eighth and a 16'10" birdie on the par-4 18th. He landed 16 GIR and had gained over five strokes tee-to-green and just over a stroke with the flat stick at the time of his posting. He looks to close out his second PGA TOUR win in Sunday's final round.|
|Chappell goes bogey-free 65 in WMPO 3rd rd.||01-31-2015|
|Kevin Chappell signed for a bogey-free 6-under-par 33-32=65 in the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to join a growing group at 8-under 205.||Three of Chappell's six birdies at TPC Scottsdale fell from between 12 and 22 feet, which is not at all is traditional calling card. The irons were solid, landing 15 GIR. This is his second consecutive 65, after opening his week with a 75 in his first round. He is one of many players occupying the front page of the leaderboard that has yet to win on the PGA TOUR.|
|Knox shares early clubhouse lead @ Scottsdale||01-31-2015|
|Russell Knox spun a bogey-free 6-under-par 32-33=65 in the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to join Russell Henley in the clubhouse lead at 8-under 205.||Knox began his day on the 10th hole and picked up four short birdies on his first eight holes. Turning his attention to the front nine, he tacked on a 15'9" birdie at the par-4 second hole and a 6'3" birdie on the par-3 fourth before parring in. Never a winner on the PGA TOUR, the Scot will likely need to take it deep on Sunday if he is to pick up his first trophy.|
|Henley sets the pace in Phoenix Open 3rd rd.||01-31-2015|
|Russell Henley fired a bogey-free 6-under-par 34-31=65 in the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to establish the early clubhouse lead at 8-under 205.||Henley circled just one birdie on the front nine at TPC Scottsdale, and it fell from 12 feet on the par-3 fourth hole, He heated up on the back with five more birdies, highlighted by an 11'4" effort on the par-4 10th hole. The irons were solid, as he landed 14 GIR. The flat stick wasn't bad either, picking up over two strokes with the putter. He will try and take it deep in Sunday's finale in an effort to nab the third win of his young PGA TOUR career.|
|WMPO third round set to being at 9:00 a.m. MT||01-31-2015|
Brian Stuard closed out the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Saturday morning with a bogey-free 3-under-par 33-35=68, and the third round is set to begin at 9:00 a.m. MT.
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|Any lingering showers are expected to move out from around TPC Scottsdale during the morning hours on Saturday, so the weather for the third round should be much better than it was on Friday. The final group of Martin Laird, Daniel Berger and Justin Thomas is expected to go out at 11:00 a.m. Stuard's second round featured three birdies and 15 pars. Two of his birdies were hole outs, coming at the par-4 fifth and par-4 eighth holes.|
|Hicks doesn't return to complete WMPO 2nd rd.||01-31-2015|
|Justin Hicks has withdrawn from the Waste Management Phoenix Open.||Hicks completed 16 holes of his second round on Friday before darkness suspended play. He found himself 2-over-par on his round and 8-over for the tournament, meaning he had no chance of making the cut. An injury is not likely, but if further news presents itself we will provide an update.|
|McGirt stays in the mix at WM Phoenix Open||01-31-2015|
|William McGirt returned to TPC Scottsdale on Saturday morning to put a bow on his even-par 37-34=71 for the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.||Play had been suspended due to darkness, forcing McGirt to complete his final two holes on Saturday morning. He began his morning surveying 15'1" birdie putt on the par-4 17th, which he drained for his second birdie of the round. His other birdie came two holes earlier at the par-5 15th, falling from 13'7". He parred the par-4 18th to complete 36 holes in 4-under 138. The third round is expected to get underway at 9:00 a.m. MT.|
|K. Stadler still out with injured left wrist||01-31-2015|
Kevin Stadler will not return to competition at next week's Farmers Insurance Open.
|Writer Dave Shedloski alerted his followers on Twitter on Jan. 23 that Stadler may sit out until the Florida Swing and perhaps the Masters. The one-time PGA TOUR winner wasn't able to defend his title at this week's Waste Management Phoenix Open. Reports varied widely on the actual injury. Some reliable resources cited a stress fracture in his right hand, but Rotoworld confirmed with the PGA TOUR on Thursday that it's Stadler's left wrist that is stubborn to heal.|
|Reavie bogeys the last; misses cut on number||01-31-2015|
Chez Reavie completed 36 holes of the Waste Management Phoenix Open in 2-over-par 75-69=144 and will miss the cut on the number.
|Fifteen golfers were stranded at nightfall late on Friday afternoon, but the numbers won't reel in the guys at Reavie's aggregate. Adding to the sting is that he fanned on a 49-inch par try on the par-4 ninth hole, his last of the second round. He hit only 18 greens in regulation for the week, so that he was in the position to cash in the first place was a bonus. This is his third MC in five starts this season and leave him with 19 starts on his Major Medical Extension to collect $644,408 or 360.5 FedExCup points and retain status. Reavie will try again at next week's Farmers Insurance Open where he's survived the cut in his last four visits.|
|Ryan Moore battling strained right forearm||01-31-2015|
After his second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open in the rain, Ryan Moore confirmed that it was a strained right forearm that forced him to withdraw before the third round of last week's Humana Challenge, not a neck injury as reported by PGA TOUR Media on Twitter at the time.
|Information sometimes gets mishandled along the way, but Rotoworld confirmed with Moore himself on Friday at TPC Scottsdale. He said that he chose to withdraw last week after hitting about 20 balls in his warmup session. The pain grew from general soreness into a "pinpoint pain." "At that point, I just felt like it's not worth chancing pulling it or tearing it or doing something much worse," he said. "So, I decided to give myself a few days off so I could rest. [The Waste Management Phoenix Open] is one of my favorite events of the year, so I wanted to be healthy coming in here." His game is back to where he needs it to be. At 6-under 138, he's just four strokes off Martin Laird's 36-hole clubhouse lead, but Moore acknowledged that there's still some tenderness. "I'm still in pain when I'm out there and everything is wet." He added that physical therapists instructed him on how to manage the pain to continue to play.|