Tour Tracker: Watson, M. Jones tied at Phoenix Open

Bubba Watson during his first-round 64 at the 2014 Phoenix Open on PGA Tour at TPC Scottsdale.

Bubba Watson during his first-round 64 at the 2014 Phoenix Open on PGA Tour at TPC Scottsdale.

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A pair of 64s from two players looking for their first victory since winning a major – Bubba Watson and Y.E. Yang – claimed the lead out of the gate at the Phoenix Open. Now the trick for them is to hold off a stacked field in Friday's second round.

Watson and Yang both finished strong; they needed to, with seven golfers T-2 as play was suspended due to darkness. Greg Chalmers, Harris English, Matt Jones, Chris Kirk, William McGirt, Pat Perez and Kevin Stadler start the second round one shot back of the lead.

We'll keep you updated on the latest news from the course with our live blog all day long.

And off we go!

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Update #27: 7:48 p.m. EST

Looks like the Phoenix Open cut is going to be at 1 under. Notables who will miss the cut are Lee Westwood (E), Rickie Fowler (1 over), Billy Horschel (1 over), Russell Henley (1 over), Ian Poulter (2 over) and Keegan Bradley (4 over).

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Update #26: 7:29 p.m. EST

Phil Mickelson finished with a bogey-free 4-under 67. He is 4 under for the tournament, too. Eight shots back of leaders Bubba Watson and Matt Jones.

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Update #25: 7:14 p.m. EST

Another putt drops for Phil Mickelson and he gets it to 4 under for the tournament.

Jhonattan Vegas also caught fire on his back nine (TPC Scottsdale's front nine) and birdied Nos. 3, 7 and 8. He has one hole to play and plenty of room to make the cut as he is at 4 under with Mickelson.

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Update #24: 7:00 p.m. EST

From the Bill Haas, Phil Mickelson and Ryan Moore grouping, Haas is the only one to walk away with a birdie. With that, Haas jumps to 6 under for the tournament and 4 under on the day.

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Update #23: 6:53 p.m. EST

Phil Mickelson gets a warm reception at the 16th hole after saving par on 15.

Bill Haas, who made an eagle at 15, hits first and puts it 15 feet behind the hole. Ryan Moore birdied No. 15. Moore landed it just left of the flagstick. Another big ovation as Mickelson tees it up. He is on the green and will have a birdie putt from 30 feet.

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Update #22: 6:39 p.m. EST

Robert Garrigus is now well inside the cut line after three consecutive birdies. He had a 359-yard drive on the 325-yard par-4 17th. Unbelievable right? Then chipped it back down the putting surface to 5 feet and made his birdie putt. He is at 2 under.

In the group behind Garrigus, Rickie Fowler used a driver too. But he is on the putting surface with a 25 foot eagle putt.

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Update #21: 6:18 p.m. EST

No caddie races? No problem. Morgan Hoffmann and playing partner Robert Garrigus had a race to the front of the putting surface on 16. Hoffmann is 5 under on the day and 7 under for the tournament, while Garrigus is sitting on the outside of the cutline by one.

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Update #20: 6:07 p.m. EST

Back-to-back birdies on Nos. 13 and 14 get Hunter Mahan to 8 under for the tournament. Mahan is playing in his first event of 2014. He is looking for his first PGA Tour win since the 2012 Shell Houston Open.

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Update #19: 5:46 p.m. EST

Keegan Bradley seems to be struggling a bit today. Bradley, who had a triple bogey eight on his third hole, has five other bogeys on the day. He is on the 12th hole and it looks like he will need at least four birdies on his last seven holes to make the cut.

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Update #18: 5:35 p.m. EST

First Jonathan Byrd got the "boos" for missing the green on the par-3 16th at TPC Scottsdale, but then made up for it with this spectacular bunker shot.

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Update #17: 5:28 p.m. EST

After going bogey-free through 14 holes, Nicolas Colsaerts made a double-bogey at the par-4 fifth. This will drop him back to 6 under for the tournament.

Matt Every has moved inside the cutline – 2 under – after making four birdies in a row on Nos. 13-16. He shot a 1-over 72 on Thursday.

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Update #16: 5:19 p.m. EST

ASU alum Pat Perez has joined the contingent at 9 under. Perez fired a 6-under 65 in the first round and is 3 under through 13 holes. He started of with bogeys on two of his first three holes, but bounced back and is 5 under over his last eight holes.

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Update #15: 4:36 p.m. EST

Y.E. Yang getting back to even par on the day with a 7 foot downhill putt. Yang was the first round co-leader with Bubba Watson at 7 under. He is five shots back of the lead (T-12).

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Update #14: 4:22 p.m. EST

Nicolas Colsaerts made three birdies in a row (Nos. 15-17) and added another on the 11th to get to 6 under for the tournament. "The Belgium Bomber" is still looking for his first PGA Tour win after joining the Tour full-time in 2013.

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Update #13: 4:02 p.m. EST

Good way for amateur Ki Taek Lee to end his second round – with a birdie. He freshman at Arizona State will end with rounds of 73-74 and miss the cut by a couple of shots at his first PGA Tour event. Up next? He'll play in the Amer Ari Intercollegiate in Waikoloa, Hawaii, for the team starting on Feb. 6.

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Update #12: 3:49 p.m. EST

Another birdie putt from 4 feet drops for Phil Mickelson on No. 3 after reaching the green in two. He jumps to 2 under for the tournament.

All is quite at the top of the leaderboard at the moment as the closest competitor on the course is Kevin Stadler, who is at 9 under for the tournament. He is 3 under through six holes.

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Update #11: 3:34 p.m. EST

Keegan Bradley have a tough hole at the par-5 third. He wanted to go for the green in two, but found the right cart path and it bounced out of bounds. He proceeded to hit again and this time round the left hazard and had to drop. Bradley dropped for his fifth shot and skulled his shot over the green. Again, he chipped it back but found the rough over the green. Bradley made a putt for a triple bogey, eight. That drops him to 1 under for the tournament.

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Update #10: 3:15 p.m. EST

It's early in the second round for the afternoon wave, but a few notable players are outside the cutline, including, Lee Westwood, Derek Ernst, Rickie Fowler and Billy Horschel.

Phil Mickelson was at even-par and just outside the projected cutline, but made a 15 foot birdie putt on No. 2 to get to red numbers.

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Update #9: 2:52 p.m. EST

Bubba Watson made a birdie at No. 8 before finishing with a bogey on No. 9 – his last hole of the second round. Watson finished with at 6-under 66 after a 64 yesterday and jumped into a tie for the lead with Matt Jones at 12 under.

First-round co-leader Y.E. Yang has just begun his round at TPC Scottsdale, as well as Phil Mickelson.

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Update #8: 2:29 p.m. EST

After making his first bogey of the day on his 16th hole (No. 7), Bubba Watson is now tied for the lead with Matt Jones. Jones is already in the clubhouse after shooting a 6-under 65 in the second round. Watson and Jones lead by two over Greg Chalmers and Harris English. Chalmers is done for the day after a 67.

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Update #7: 1:55 p.m. EST

The only amateur in the field this week is Arizona State freshman Ki Taek Lee after Monday qualifying. The Canadian had it to 1 over early in the second round, which would have been one back of the projected cutline, but made a double bogey on No. 10. He opened the tournament on Thursday with a 2-over 73.

Read more on Lee and his first PGA Tour start.

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Update #6: 1:24 p.m. EST

With back-to-back birdies on Nos. 2 and 3, Bubba Watson has taken a two-shot lead over Australian Matt Jones and Harris English, who is 4 under on the day. Watson is at 12 under.

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Update #5: 12:55 p.m. EST

Patrick Reed won the Humana Challenge on Jan. 19 and now he's moving up the leaderboard fast again during the second round of the Phoenix Open. Reed is 4 under through 11 holes and is 8 under overall, two shots back of co-leaders Bubba Watson and Greg Chalmers.

(See what Reed used in his bag at the Humana Challenge from this Toy Box blog.)

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Update #4: 12:28 p.m. EST

First-round co-leader Bubba Watson has jumped back into the solo lead and the first to reach double digits under par. He's at 10 under after Nos. 10, 13 and 15.

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Update #3: 12:05 p.m. EST

Playing one group apart are Brandt Snedeker and Cameron Tringale. Both are 4 under through their first eight holes, where they teed off on No. 10. Snedeker birdied Nos. 10, 13, 14 and 17, while Tringale birdies Nos. 10, 15-17.

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Update #2: 11:41 a.m. EST

(Mobile readers can see the video here)

Matt Jones may be off to a fast start today, but did you see his tee shot at 16 during the first round? The Arizona State alum and regular at TPC Scottsdale, got up hit it and almost rolled in.

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Update #1: 11:25 a.m. EST

The second round of the Phoenix Open is underway! And Australian Matt Jones is off to a fast start early with three birdies in six holes to get to 9 under for the tournament. Fellow Aussie is at 8 under after two birdies through his opening six holes.

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Thursday's coverage

5 Things: Watson, Yang lead as Mickelson feels OK

All eyes were on "Lefty," meaning Phil Mickelson, early. But it was Bubba Watson who showed left-handed excellence in moving to the top of the leaderboard Thursday at TPC Scottsdale (Ariz.) during the first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

• Tour Tracker: Watson grabs share of Phoenix lead

Phil Mickelson is back to defend his title despite an injured back, but Bubba Watson's afternoon 64 matched Y.E. Yang to tie for the lead, with a large pack one shot back.

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Pre-tournament coverage

Mickelson: 'I feel fine,' ready to defend Phoenix title

Phil Mickelson arrived in Arizona on Wednesday to defend his title at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Chris Riley recognizes his shortcomings – and he's OK

Chris Riley successfully took on the 'whim' of a Monday qualifier at last week’s Farmers Insurance Open -- and his MC by a shot didn't change his contentment.

Notes: Packed Phoenix field; Day beats cold; Smith's return; more

From a packed field in Phoenix to Jason Day beating the cold with a Florida practice session to Chris Smith's return to the PGA Tour, Jim McCabe provides news and notes for the week.

ASU freshman Ki Taek Lee to make 1st PGA Tour start in Phoenix

Arizona State freshman Ki Taek Lee will make his first PGA Tour start at this week's Waste Managment Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale, which is located less than a half hour from the Sun Devils' campus.

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