Here’s a few things we noticed as we present our weekly Razzball Moving Day Fantasy Golf Report, February 6, 2016 edition.
Rickie Looking for 2nd win of 2016
After a win in Abu Dhabi, and a disappointing jet-lagged induced missed cut at San Diego, Rickie Fowler is back in contention. After opening with rounds of 65 and 68, Fowler looks poised for another victory this week at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
The fourth ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking sits one shot back of 36-hole leader and fellow American James Hahn, who sits at -10 through two rounds.
Fowler has left no doubt that his goal this year is to turn the big three of Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy into a Big Four, and based on early results he just might have a chance to do it.
With Spieth running around the world getting rich, McIlroy getting everything he can out of life and Day seemingly in the midst of a career-year hangover, Fowler might be the best player in the world right now.
Of course, it will all come down to how he performs in the four majors.
Another February Victory for Hahn?
Speaking of James Hahn, it seems that February is his favorite time to play golf.
The 34-year old native of South Korea won his one and only PGA tour title at last February’s Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles. Before his Riviera win, Hahn was most famous for a rousing rendition of Gangnum Style on the 16th hole of this event in 2013.
He will be looking for a second Valentine’s Day gift and a return to the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii on the weekend.
Encore Performance for Lee?
After a breakout 2015 campaign, New Zealand’s Danny Lee has struggled a bit so far in 2016 with only one Top 15 finish in three starts. But he looked more like the player that posted 8 worldwide Top 10’s in 2015 in the first two rounds at TPC Scottsdale.
The 25-year old followed up his opening round 67 with a 5-under par 66 on Friday to share second place with Fowler. The Korean native, who won the 2009 Johnny Walker Classic at age 19, won his first PGA Tour event last summer at the Greenbrier.
One of the story-lines to watch heading into 2016 was the emergence of the next generation of English golfers. This week’s stop on the European Tour, the Dubai Desert Classic is more evidence that the British are definitely coming.
England’s Danny Willet, currently 20th, in the world rankings, leads after 54 holes in the desert at -16, after a Saturday 65. He’s a shot ahead of 36-hole leader Rafael Cabrera-Bello of Spain.
Another Englishman, Andy Sullivan, is alone in third place a 14-under par, while countryman Chris Wood is in a tie for sixth at -11.
World number three Rory McIlroy is eight shots behind Willett heading into Sunday’s final round following a 68.
Here are all the scores after 54 holes of the Dubai Desert Classic.