PGA Tour Brunch - WM Phx Open (R-3)
@PGATourBrunch Previews the Third Round of Waste Management Phoenix Open
Waste Management Phoenix Open Notebook:
World No. 4 Xander Schauffele holed five birdies and then an eagle on the par-5 No. 15 to finish his second round with a bogey-free (64).
Four of the past nine Waste Management Phoenix Open champions advanced to the weekend, including defending champion Webb Simpson who is T-40 (-4).
Keegan Bradley birdied five of his first seven holes on Friday en route to a 6-under (65). He is T-2 with Steve Striker at (-11). Stricker is seeking to become the eighth player on tour to win after turning 50 years old. The most recent? Davis Love III in 2015 at the Wyndham Championship.
Despite his terrible double-bogey, bogey start, Rory McIlroy posted a 1-under (70) in his Waste Management Phoenix Open debut. Prior analytics showed the TPC Scottsdale course as a perfect fit for McIlroy’s game. We’ll see, today!
Three-time major champion, Jordan Spieth, sits T-8 at 4-under and is seeking his first victory on tour since the 2017 Open Championship.
Tee times today begin at 9:20am (local)/11:20am (ET) with Ted Potter, Brandon Todd and Will Zalatoris heading out from No. 1 while Sam Ryder, Matt Jones and Si Woo Kim tee-off from No. 10.
All Tee Times (link)
Editor’s Note: We’ll target 10:00am (ET) Sunday for our next post.
Waste Management Phoenix Open Leaderboard After 36 Holes
1 Xander Schauffele 66-64—130 (-12)
T-2 Steve Stricker 65-66—131 (-11)
T-2 Keegan Bradley 66-65—131 (-11)
T-4 Scottie Scheffler 67-65—132 (-10)
T-4 Kyoung-Hoon Lee 66-66—132 (-10)
T-4 Sam Burns 64-68—132 (-10)
Full Leaderboard (link)
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TV COVERAGE: Saturday, February 6: 1:00pm to 3:00pm (ET) on Golf Channel and 3:00pm to 6:00pm (ET) on NBC. Sunday, February 7: 1:00pm to 3:00pm (ET) on Golf Channel and 3:00pm to 6:30pm (ET) on NBC.
STREAMING: Peacock will offer its first broadcasts of NBC Sports Edge Betcast this weekend. Saturday and Sunday: 2:00pm to 4:30pm (ET); PGA Tour Live will offer streaming coverage of Featured Groups on Saturday and Sunday. Featured Holes will be streamed Saturday and Sunday only from 3:00pm to 6:00pm (ET).
PGA TOUR RADIO COVERAGE: Saturday, February 6 and Sunday, February 7: 1:00pm to 6:00pm (ET) on Sirius XM Satellite Radio (PGA Tour Radio is available on Sirius 208/XM 92) or online on PGATour.com).
PGA TOUR TOURNAMENT SITE (link)
What They’re Saying:
Stricker in the Hunt (PGATourCom)
Stricker, 53, A Stroke Away from History (ESPN)
Spieth Encouraged After 2nd Straight (67) (PGATourCom)
Shorten the Tour? (GolfCom)
Official Waste Management Phoenix Open site (link)
#SportsBiz, #SportsTech, Gambling and the Golf Industry:
PGA Tour and Partners Launch 2nd Screen for Sports Gamblers (Jacksonville Biz)
Jon Rahm’s New Putter (PGATourCom)
On This Day in Golf:
February 6, 1994 - Forty-six years old and mostly retired, Johnny Miller won the AT&T National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach for his 25th and final PGA Tour victory. Miller’s title came with a one-shot lead over Tom Watson, Jeff Maggert, Corey Pavin and Kirk Triplett. The win came in Miller’s fifth event over the prior four years. (Courtesy Randy Walker, Author of On This Day in Golf History, available via Amazon.com and by clicking HERE.)
And more to the story: (Possible shoulder injury, too)