WM Phoenix Open: K.H. Lee Leads After a Delayed Round 1

K.H. Lee 2022 WM Phoenix Open
K.H. Lee lines up a putt on the 9th hole during the first round of the WM Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale on Feb 10, 2022 in Scottsdale, AZ. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann via Getty Images)

Following a Friday morning finish to round one, K.H. Lee found himself atop the scoreboards at the WM Phoenix Open. The 30-year old Korean opened with a 6-under 65 but slept on a one-shot deficit to rookie Sahith Theegala who was 7 under through 16 holes.

Theegala, who hadn’t made a bogey through 16 on Thursday, proceeded to bogey his final two holes on Friday morning to drop back into a tie for second and hand the 18-hole marquee to Lee.

“Yeah, I think last year play well [at] TPC [courses],” said Lee, who won his maiden PGA Tour title at TPC Craig Ranch.

“Yeah, I think very interesting, but like more comfortable and, I mean, yeah, I think better, so very happy for me, but, yeah, I like TPC courses.”

Joining Theegala in the second spot was a trio of players, including defending champion Brooks Koepka, who birdied his final hole to post 5-under 66.

Adam Hadwin anbd Harry Higgs were also in the T2 group.

Top-10 ranked headliners Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele were among a logjam of players tied for sixth on 4 under.

WM Phoenix Open

Top 10: Leaderboard
1. K.H. Lee -6 (65)
2. Brooks Koepka -5 (66)
2. Adam Hadwin -5 (66)
2. Harry Higgs -5 (66)
2. Sahith Theegala -5 (66)
6. Justin Thomas -4 (67)
6. Jon Rahm -4 (67)
6. Patrick Cantlay -4 (67)
6. Xander Schauffele -4 (67)
6. Louis Oosthuizen -4 (67)
6. Bubba Watson -4 (67)
6. Billy Horschel -4 (67)
6. Kevin Kisner -4 (67)
6. Stewart Cink -4 (67)
6. Charley Hoffman -4 (67)
6. Alex Noren -4 (67)
6. Scott Stallings -4 (67)

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