Sport Fowler says it's 'just a matter of time' before he wins in Phoenix

04:05  02 february  2018
04:05  02 february  2018 Source:   Omnisport

Thomas says it's not just the party that attracts him to Phoenix Open

  Thomas says it's not just the party that attracts him to Phoenix Open Justin Thomas said there is more to the Phoenix Open than its party atmosphere ahead of Thursday's opening round at TPC Scottsdale.Everyone knows the Phoenix Open is one giant party. The par-three 16th hole features an amphitheater format attracting some emphatic fans but Justin Thomas said there is more to the tournament.

Fowler got of to a hot start Thursday, grabbing a share of the lead when he walked of the course.

23 in Phoenix . “ He was just a huge fan of the game," Fowler said . It ' s just a matter of time . I know I can win here and sometimes you just got to be in the right place at the right time .”

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American star Rickie Fowler is confident it is only a matter of time before he wins the Phoenix Open.

Fowler – a four-time PGA Tour champion – lost a play-off to Hideki Matsuyama at TPC Scottsdale in 2016.

The 29-year-old jumped out of the gates on Thursday, carding a five-under-par 66 to be close to the top of the leaderboard.

"After the first couple years here, I just figured it was a matter of time before I was the last one standing on Sunday," Fowler said after his first round.

"We have given ourselves some pretty good chances. Losing to Hideki two years ago in the playoff. It's just a matter of time, I know I can win here and sometimes you just got to be in the right place at the right time or not get a bad kick on 17, but we're going to get one."

Rahm enjoying huge crowds at Phoenix Open

  Rahm enjoying huge crowds at Phoenix Open The Phoenix Open always boasts one of the most party-like atmospheres on the PGA Tour, and Jon Rahm appreciates the change of pace. "I think it's just lots of fun to be able to play in front of this many people," Rahm said after his round. "It's the closest we get to other sports when we get cheered on, especially if you hit a shot like I did and then you get to make the putt, right, it's so much fun to be able to experience those things. So, I try to embrace them, I try to enjoy it as much as I can that's why I tried to do something special on 16.

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Having started round one on the back nine, Fowler kick-started his day with an eagle on the par-five 15th hole.

He then bogeyed the 16th, but finished his opening nine with birdies on 17 and 18.

"Just solid day," Fowler said. "I think some good and bad all around. Managed the mistakes properly, made some good putts, so just nice to get off to a good start here.

"Looking forward to getting kind of back in the mix after not being around for the weekend last week and off to a good start. Obviously, you can't win it the first couple days, but you can obviously take yourself out of it."

Playing in the morning, Fowler did not have to endure the full effect of the par-three 16th raucous crowd. But Fowler still said he felt their impact and expects it to continue ramping up throughout the week.

"I think tomorrow [Friday] may drown, the more sound may drown some people out," Fowler said. "There was actually some rowdy fans this morning on 16. And I may be somewhat of a fan favourite, but they weren't holding back.

"I was a little disappointed in some of the stuff that was said and I don't want much negativity — the normal boos for missing a green, that's fine, but leave the heckling to a minimum and make it fun, support the guys out playing and, no, it will be good.

"Like I said, tomorrow's definitely going to be louder, Saturday afternoon's a beauty, but yeah, just hit better shots there, you'll have more fun."

IndyCar: Winners and losers from the Phoenix Test .
The first open test of the IndyCar preseason happened in the desert and the weather wasn’t the only thing hot at ISM Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona. A quick summary: Honda and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing were en fuego. Scott Dixon made headlines. More liveries were unveiled with the new aero kit. More sponsors for teams were revealed. And Dale Coyne Racing finally named its drivers for the #19 DCR-Honda. So who were the winners and losers of the Phoenix Test? Let’s find out. Winner: Takuma Sato The 2017 Indianapolis 500 winner went into the desert and dominated it. Returning to RLL Racing in the #30 RLL-Honda, Sato promptly went P1 in the Friday afternoon session. Sato would keep pace in the night session finishing P2 behind team-mate Graham Rahal. On Saturday, Sato went P1 in both sessions. Perhaps, the Indy 500 win has given Sato the confidence to chase his first IndyCar championship. We’ll see if his testing prowess in Phoenix will translate to wins when the season starts in 28 days. Combined Race Report Winner: RLL Racing The team was buoyed by the strong testing results of Sato and Rahal but also by the influx of sponsors. This bodes well for RLL Racing who were the only team to expand this offseason, adding a permanent second car and Sato. More money means more resources and smaller teams like RLL need all the resources they can get to compete with the powerhouse teams of Team Penske, Andretti Autosport, and Chip Ganassi Racing.

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