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2024 Waste Management Phoenix Open Round 2/3 Saturday tee times and pairings

The 2024 WM Phoenix Open has been hampered by foul weather as the organisers play catch-up as Novak and Taylor lead the way.

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SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 09: Kevin Stadler of the United States plays his shot from the 13th tee during the second round of the WM Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale on February 09, 2024 in Scottsdale, Arizona.   Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Christian Petersen / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)
CHRISTIAN PETERSENAFP

After Canadian Nick Taylor delivered a brilliant first-round 60, Andrew Novak shot a second-round 65 and the two finished Friday tied for the lead at the weather-affected WM Phoenix Open Friday in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Taylor, whose 11-under opening round tied the course mark at TPC Scottsdale, began his second round just 40 minutes after completing Round 1 and shot a 1-under 70. He and Novak are at 12-under 130, two shots clear of the field.

More than half the field did not complete their second round when play was suspended due to darkness. The second round will resume Saturday morning.

Andrew Novak of the United States putts on the ninth green during the second round of the WM Phoenix Open
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Andrew Novak of the United States putts on the ninth green during the second round of the WM Phoenix OpenORLANDO RAMIREZAFP

Taylor was realistic after his pedestrian second round following the dynamic 60.

“Yeah, it’s weird feeling disappointed after a 70, but this morning was pretty hard to follow up,” he said. “Didn’t hit it great off the tee this afternoon, so I was grinding a little bit early on, but held it together, made some kind of key up-and-downs early on and it was nice to finish the round under par. “But this morning was obviously pretty special to make all those putts and shoot 60.”

The last player to card a 60 at the Phoenix Open was Phil Mickelson in 2013. Novak was pleased to have completed 1 1/2 rounds in one day but was feeling the effects. “I’m pretty tired right now -- 27 (holes) was a lot, especially in the mud,” he said. “It’s pretty sloppy walking around out there.”

The unique atmosphere created by the large crowds served to boost Novak. “You’ve just got to embrace the fans,” he said. “You can’t really fight it. They’re out there. They’re going to be there. You play to them, and you let them give you the energy to keep you going.”

Among others to finish their second rounds, Maverick McNealy shot a 4-under 67 on the heels of his first-round 65 to finish alone in third at 10 under.

Doug Ghim did not complete his round but birdied the signature 16th hole just before sunset to move into fourth at 9 under. His celebration fueled the raucous crowd so much that cups and other projectiles littered the green.

Two-time defending champion Scottie Scheffler shot 66 to finish tied with Cameron Young (67) and Justin Thomas (65) at 8 under. Scheffler seemed to find his comfort level late on Friday.

Scottie Scheffler of the United States lines up a putt on the 16th green during the continuation of the weather-delayed first round of the WM Phoenix Open
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Scottie Scheffler of the United States lines up a putt on the 16th green during the continuation of the weather-delayed first round of the WM Phoenix OpenORLANDO RAMIREZAFP

“I feel good,” he said. “I feel like I’m playing a little bit better than my score, but I hit a lot of quality shots and a lot of good putts this afternoon. Yeah, looking forward to the next couple days.”

New Zealand’s Ryan Fox was also at 8 under through 15 holes when play was halted just after 6 p.m. local time.

Because of Thursday’s weather delay, first-day leader Sahith Theegala (6 under) was among those not able to tee off Friday.

Saturday’s play in Scottsdale

Weather delays on Thursday and frost delays on Friday morning left a host of players out on the golf course and more than a few did not begin their second rounds due to darkness.

Taylor and Andrew Novak are currently tied atop the leaderboard at 12-under, but with 11 players within five shots – including two-time defending champion Scottie Scheffler – it’s still anybody’s tournament at TPC Scottsdale.

Second-round play will resume Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. local time followed by moving-day action after players finish their previous rounds.

Saturday pairings will be made available after the completion of the second round.