Fowler, the highest ranked player in the field, bounced back from a missed cut at Torrey Pines last week and a birdie at his final hole today has him looking to continue the remarkable form he was in prior including his win in Abu Dhabi.
“Fun, I’m having fun out there”, a smiling Hahn told reporters.
An estimated 160,415 fans, not counting a large bobcat that sauntered between the first and second holes in the afternoon, packed the grounds.
The pushup session paled in comparison to Hahn’s “Gangnam Style” birdie celebration on the 16th three years ago that became an internet sensation.
Hahn, who won his first and only PGA Tour title last February at the Northern Trust Open, went off at the 10th tee and holed a birdie from 19 yards to kick things off. “It’s good for golf, good for the game, good for the fans that come out here”. The reason I’m here is because of the excitement around this golf tournament.
Fowler added an eagle at the par-five 15th – where he drained a 27-footer – and sandwiched a birdie between two bogeys before picking up two more strokes coming in. He made four birdies in a five-hole stretch despite 20-mph winds. Lowry said he plays well on firm greens, which was the case Friday. “It was a little bit different than yesterday”. “If you notice, the big hitters are hitting it hard and hopefully get the right breaks…. You want to hit a shorter club on the second shot”.
A crane patrolled the lake on the 17th and 18th holes and a heron flew away when Smylie Kaufman hit a shot from the water on 17.
“I wish I knew (why), but I really enjoy playing here”, he said. I didn’t explain myself well.
Ryan Moore (71) from Puyallup and Kyle Stanley (70) of Gig Harbor are tied for 21st at 1 under.
Ko has a 15-foot putt remaining on her final hole of the day to finish the round. He sleepwalked thru his first 12 holes on Friday, circling just one (two-putt) birdie at the par-5 third and 11 pars.