SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Scoring was tough Friday at TPC Scottsdale, where conditions were cold and wet for the field at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Here’s how things look as Martin Laird leads by two shots:
What it means: Youth was served in the second round, as Berger and Thomas – both 21 years old and playing on sponsor exemptions – moved to the top of the standings. They were surpassed late in the day by Laird, a veteran in search of his fourth win and first since the 2013 Valero Texas Open.
Round of the Day: Kevin Chappell bounced back from an opening 75 by trimming 10 shots off his total and punching his ticket for the weekend. Chappell opened with four straight birdies on Nos. 10-13 and made seven in total, carding a 6-under 65 to move 92 spots up the leaderboard and into a tie for 27th at 2 under.
Best of the rest: Laird has now carded matching rounds of 5-under 66, the latest one coming despite a bogey on his final hole in waning daylight. Laird closed with a flurry before that, carding four birdies in a five-hole stretch from Nos. 13-17.
Biggest disappointment: The wheels fell off for Tiger Woods, who carded an 11-over 82. It marked Woods’ highest score in competition as a pro, and when play was suspended his 13-over 155 total put him in last place among the 132-man field.
Main storyline heading into Saturday: Laird has been in this position before and knows what it takes to win, but keep an eye on the two young guns immediately behind him – especially Thomas, who is in search of his third straight top-10 finish after narrowly missing out on his first win last week at the Humana Challenge.
Quote of the day: “We all have days like this. Unfortunately, you know, mine was in a public forum, in a public setting.” – Woods