Waste Management Phoenix Open. January 31 2014
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Bubba dressed in lime green shoes and an otherwise all-black outfit, played in the morning, getting the best side of the draw, he birdied his first hole. Playing early in the cooler temperature does not suit him, back is a little stiff, but he said he is exactly where he wanted to be. Happily at the top of the leaderboard after his second round of -5 under par 66, for his -12 under par total;
"Back is not as loose as you want it to be, weather is not as warm as you want it to be. But I hit a good tee shot, and then I hit my wedge in there close and I made the putt, that got me going. It's right where I want to be going into the weekend. I had two sloppy bogeys coming down the stretch, but I will take it."
Matt also played a morning round, and was thankful for the opportunity to be able to shoot his second consecutive -6 under par 65 for his -12 under par;
" We definitely got the good side of the draw. The golf course is so different tournament week than it is when you play out here regularly. It's a lot harder, a lot faster. The greens are a lot quicker. The pins are a lot more tucked out here. So, it's like a new golf course when you come here for a tournament."
Two players are tied in third place, Greg Chalmers and Harris English are at -10 under par.
Brandt Snedeker shot the low round of the day, he also started in the morning, before the wind got up. His second round score of -7 under par 64 moving up the leaderboard to be at -8 under par. Brandt put his special round down to good putting, something I love to hear;
" My putting, plain and simple. I hit the ball extra good yesterday and had some of the worst putting I had all year. Today, I kind of did the opposite."
Phil Mickelson, the Defending Champion, recovered with a bogey free -4 under par 67, but he is still a long way from the leaders. Phil declared he is still in the race for this title;
" I'm not totally out of it, obviously heading into the weekend, I'd like to be closer, but as we have seen in the past, there is that minus eight, nine ten, and in some cases eleven-under par round out there. My back feels great, like I said, it was a simple fix. I just don't want to overdo it."
Among those missing the cut here are, Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood, Rickie Fowler, Retief Goosen, Ian Poulter and Keegan Bradley.