Bill Haas’s 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 in Scottsdale, Ariz.
‘‘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-par 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 151 yards to a front pin, tripped up Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas. Fowler bogeyed it in a 66 that left him tied with Billy Horschel, Bryson DeChambeau, Chris Kirk and Chesson Hadley. Thomas made a double bogey in a 68.
Fowler hit short into the right bunker and two-putted from 30 feet. The fans let him hear it, too — at 9:30 a.m. with only the general-admission sections full.
‘‘I may be somewhat of a fan favorite, but they weren’t holding back,’’ Fowler said. ‘‘I was a little disappointed in some of the stuff that was said.’’
Coming off three straight birdies to tie for the lead, Thomas hit a wedge in the front left bunker, blasted across the green and three-putted from the fringe.
‘‘I just barely caught it heavy, but I thought it was at least going to cover the front, and there was just no sand in the bunker,’’ Thomas said.
He bogeyed the par-4 17th after chipping into the water, and then was angered when a woman screamed while Jordan Spieth was teeing off on 18.
‘‘That girl just yelled right in Jordan’s downswing,’’ Thomas said. ‘‘There’s just no place for that. You saw it with Tiger (Woods) last week. I get it, late in the day, at a place like Phoenix, I'm sure they’re a couple in.’’
European — 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 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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.
Ladies European — Cheyenne Woods, niece of Tiger Woods, is one stroke off the lead at the Ladies European Tour opener in Barwon Heads, Australia, 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 in the first round.