Varner, Fowler tie
Harold Varner III snaked in a long birdie putt at TPC Scottsdale’s rowdy 16th hole, highlighting a 7under 64 to tie Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas for the first-round lead in the Phoenix Open. Fowler and Thomas, roommates for the week, played bogey-free rounds. Defending champion Gary Woodland shot 68. Phil Mickelson also opened with a 68. Cameron Smith was the best placed Australian with a 67, while Aaron Baddeley hit a two-under par 69.