Fowler Goes Low, Fans Go Green at Saturday’s Third Round
The dust has settled after Saturday’s third round at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, which despite rain forecasts, featured warm weather and sunshine for fans to watch the PGA TOUR’s best tee it up at TPC Scottsdale. Rickie Fowler extended his second-round lead to four shots after matching his first-round score of 64 thanks to eight birdies and only one bogey. Fowler will have to stay sharp in the final round as Matt Kuchar and Justin Thomas are well within reach at 16-under and 15-under respectfully.
Players, caddies, volunteers and thousands of fans blanketed TPC Scottsdale in green for Waste Management’s ninth-annual GREEN OUT day to show support for Waste Management’s commitment to environmental sustainability. In total, The Thunderbirds raised $38,750 each for four environmentally focused charities: Waste Not, Bonneville Environmental Foundation (Change the Course), Arizona Recycling Coalition and AZ Chapter of Solid Waste Association of North America (AZ SWANA). Over nine years, GREEN OUT efforts at the Waste Management Phoenix Open have now raised $750,000 for local environmental organizations.
Saturday’s third round also marked the end of an era, as long-time PGA TOUR stand-out, World Golf Hall of Fame inductee, honorary Thunderbird and NBC analyst Johnny Miller called his final 18 holes. Miller has been a golf icon for the better part of six decades, accumulating 35 professional wins including two Major Championships before moving to the broadcast booth in 1997.
To our 16th hole Breakfast Club members – some of which lined up at 3:30 a.m. – we can’t thank you enough for your support of the tournament and your commitment to being the best fans in golf. Thank you, and RESPECT!
Final-round action begins Sunday at 8:45 a.m. with the leaders – Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar and Justin Thomas – teeing off at 10:45 a.m. Click below to see complete final-round pairings and tee times.