Phoenix Open: Rickie Fowler's annual rebound has him near top of leaderboard

Daniel Berger can get hot in the desert

Daniel Berger can get hot in the desert

For the second consecutive week, it took extra holes and an additional day to decide the outcome of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in La Jolla. On his second nine, he made a 43-foot birdie putt on the par-3 fourth and a 14-footer on the par-4 eighth. 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 hit a 66 and sits alongside Billy Horschel, Bryson DeChambeau, Chesson Hadley and Chris Kirk.

THE first day of play at this year's Phoenix Open event was held up by a drunk streaker breakdancing on the course.

The other story of the week was the return of Tiger Woods, who despite driving difficulties, still shot 3-under par for the week and finished in a very respectable tie for 23rd place.

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The issue for Leishman this week however is an ordinary record at the TPC Scottsdale which has seen him with a best of 19th in six starts including three missed cuts. "Yeah, I had kind of a rough December, I had mono and that wasn't good, but I was fine, I got to Hawaii and wanted to get out there and get some good on-course reps", Spieth said.

He won the first of his three PGA Tour titles at the Reno-Tahoe Open in his home State and has three top 10s in his last seven starts at the Shriners at TPC Summerlin in Vegas. "We're right back where we left off (before that)", he said. He finished second in 2010, his first start in the event, lost in a playoff to Hideki Matsuyama in 2016 and finished in a tie for fourth past year.

"It was actually really important for me a year ago these three weeks in jump starting that season". He has played here twice, finishing ninth past year and seventh in 2015.

Hideki Matsuyama - Usually I like to include dark horses in these type of articles, but you can't put together a card this week without Hideki Matsuyama. "Maybe if you miss you're in the desert and can still play shots instead of going in the water".

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