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Bill Haas played a five-hole stretch in 5 under and shot a 7-under 64 to take the lead in the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Haas birdied Nos. 12 and 13, made a 20-footer for eagle on the par-5 15th and hit to 3 feet to set up another birdie on the par-3 16th, the stadium hole that tripped up Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas. Haas added birdies on Nos. 2 and 4 and parred the final five. Fowler bogeyed the 16th in a 66 that left him tied with Billy Horschel, Bryson DeChambeau, Chris Kirk and Chesson Hadley. Thomas shot 68. He birdied Nos. 13-15, then made a messy double bogey on 16 and bogeyed the par-4 17th after chipping into the water.
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
Chris Paisley shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-shot clubhouse lead over David Horsey after a weather-interrupted first round at the Maybank Championship. Play was suspended for almost two hours due to the threat of storms and 40 players will need to return on Friday morning to complete their rounds. Paisley, who already has a European Tour title to his name this year after winning last month’s South African Open, posted seven birdies at the Saujana Golf and Country Club. “I hit it well off the tee so I gave myself a lot of wedges and short irons into the greens,” Paisley said. “It’s very hot and there’s not much wind so scoring-wise it is quite easy but to keep your focus is quite difficult with how tiring the heat is.” Henrik Stenson, the 2016 British Open champion, was well down the field on 72. Haotong Li, who won the Dubai Desert Classic last Sunday, fared even worse as he slumped to a 74. Defending champion Fabrizio Zanotti made a good start as he posted a 68 to finish in a share of 10th place with 14 other players, including Europe’s Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn.
BARWON HEADS, AUSTRALIA
Cheyenne Woods, niece of Tiger Woods, is one stroke off the lead at the Ladies European Tour opener despite not practicing because an airline problem delayed the arrival of her clubs. Beth Allen, a Scotland-based American, is in front at the Vic Allen after a 6-under 67 Thursday in the first round. Woods was unable to fit in a practice round on the Beach or Creek layouts. Her clubs missed a connection in Los Angeles and did not get to the clubhouse until Wednesday afternoon. The winner of the 2014 Australian Ladies Masters says she napped and relaxed, adding that after the long travel day the mix-up “forced me to rest.” Camilla Lennarth of Sweden shot a 69 and Laura Davies a 71. At a PGA of Australia Tour men’s event held alongside the women’s tournament, New Zealand’s James Anstiss and Australia’s David Bransdon lead by a stroke after shooting 64s.