Phoenix Open: Jon Rahm enjoying huge crowds

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The golfing action at the 2018 Phoenix Open tournament was disrupted Wednesday, as an ambitious man ran onto the golf course naked and put on a show for the crowd. Meanwhile, a few groups behind them, Rickie Fowler didn't have much going his way, sitting at even par on his round through 12 holes.

"I'm trying to focus on right here, right now, more than focusing on the win", he said.

Matsuyama was striving to win the Arizona tournament for the third year on the spin, yet the Japanese player withdrew before the second round got underway on Friday. The tournament estimated attendance at 655,434 a year ago, surpassing the home attendance of the Arizona Cardinals (513,741).

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.

Vegas lists him as a 3-1 favorite (just behind Fowler at +275). If you think this number will reach double figures this week then you can back another one at 11/10. Griffin was born with a rare airway disorder.

Fowler is wearing a pin on his hat with a picture of Griffin Connell, the area boy he befriended at the event who died last week at age 7.

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"It was a grind", Fowler told Amanda Balionis of CBS Sports. After a bogey on the stadium-enclosed 16th hole - which led to thunderous boos - Fowler closed his first nine with birdies on the final two holes.

Phil Mickelson hasn't had a lot of reasons to consider wagering on him lately, but Lefty is a three-time victor of this event and has 45/1 odds to win this weekend.

The victor two weeks ago in La Quinta, Rahm eagled the par-5 third on his second nine.

Anirban Lahiri opened the proceedings day with a birdie on the 10th but thereafter things did not go his way as he ended the opening day of the Phoenix Open at Tied-83rd.

DeChambeau is looking for his first win since the John Deere Classic previous year. "We have given ourselves some pretty good chances".