Fowler closes with 4 straight birdies to lead Phoenix Open

Fowler closes with 4 straight birdies to lead Phoenix Open
Rickie Fowler hits from the 16th tee during the second round of the Phoenix Open PGA golf tournament, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Rickie Fowler closed with four straight birdies for a 6-under 65 on Friday, taking a one-shot lead over Justin Thomas into the weekend at the Phoenix Open.

Fowler's birdie run started at the par-5 15th and ended with his 8-foot putt on the par-4 18th, putting him at 13-under 129 through two rounds.

Thomas, his roommate for the week, was bogey-free until he pulled his approach on the long par-4 14th and couldn't get up-and-down. He responded with a two-putt birdie on 15 and closed with four straight pars.

Branden Grace aced the 193-yard seventh hole and was tied with Trey Mullinax at 11 under. Each shot 64.

Playing in his 30th Phoenix Open, Phil Mickelson shot 75 and finished 1 over to miss the cut.

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