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Golf: Bill Haas shoots 64 to take Phoenix Open lead

Golf: Bill Haas shoots 64 to take Phoenix Open lead

Bill Haas' 9-iron landed to the right of the pin and spun left, settling 3 feet away for a birdie on the par-3 16th in the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

“I just tried to play the hole like I would any other hole, even though it's not like any other hole,” Haas said about the stadium hole that was packed with 20,000 fans on the warm Thursday afternoon.

Haas shot a 7-under 64 at TPC Scottsdale to take a two-stroke lead. The birdie on 16 capped a five-hole stretch he played in 5 under, with birdies on Nos. 12 and 13 and a 20-footer for eagle on the par-5 15th.

“Once you get a cushion like that, you can free your swing up a little bit,” Haas said.

The 16th, playing...

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