Shane Lowry tied for the lead in Phoenix Open

Shane Lowry tied for the lead in Phoenix Open

Ireland’s Shane Lowry is in a three-way tie at the top of the leaderboard after the opening round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open in Arizona.

Lowry posted an impressive 65 and is joined on six-under by world number four Rickie Fowler and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama.

Starting on the back nine, Fowler struck six birdies and an eagle, but was hurt by two bogies on the 16th and 18th.

Lowry carded eight birdies in his 65, but hit back-to-back fives at five and six, while Matsuyama also registered eight one-unders and two bogies.

Anirbahn Lahiri and Bryce Molder are a shot further back on five-under. Molder was unable to complete his round as bad light brought an end to play with him having completed 16 holes.

England’s Greg Owen is the highest-placed European after a 67 while Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson are further back on two-under.

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