Taylor, Novak tied for lead in weather-hit Phoenix Open


After Canada's Nick Taylor delivered a brilliant first-round 60, American Andrew Novak shot a second-round 65 and the two finished Friday tied for the lead at the PGA Tour's weather-affected Phoenix Open in Arizona.

Taylor, whose 11-under opening round tied the course record at TPC Scottsdale, began his second round just 40 minutes after completing round one and shot a 70.

He and Novak were at 12-under 130, two shots clear of Maverick McNealy, who posted a second round 67.

More than half the field did not complete their second rounds when play was suspended due to darkness. The second round will resume Saturday morning (Sunday AEDT).

Aaron Baddeley was the leading Australian, tied 28th at four under after following an opening 69 with birdies on two of his next three holes but he still had 15 holes to play in his second round.

Min Woo Lee (71, 69) and fellow Aussie Adam Scott  (72, 68) were at two under.

Taylor was realistic after his pedestrian second round following the dynamic 60, which included 11 birdies.

"Yeah, it's weird feeling disappointed after a 70, but this morning was pretty hard to follow up," he said.

"Didn't hit it great off the tee this afternoon, so I was grinding a little bit early on, but held it together... But this morning was obviously pretty special to make all those putts and shoot 60."

The last player to card a 60 at the Phoenix Open was Phil Mickelson in 2013.

Novak was pleased to have completed one and a half rounds in one day for scores of 65-65 but was feeling the effects.

"I'm pretty tired right now - 27 (holes) was a lot, especially in the mud," he said. "It's pretty sloppy walking around out there."

Doug Ghim did not complete his round but birdied the signature 16th hole just before sunset to move into fourth at nine under.

Two-time defending champion Scottie Scheffler shot 66 to finish tied with Cameron Young (67) and Justin Thomas (65) at eight under.

New Zealand's Ryan Fox was also at eight under through 15 holes when play was halted just after 6pm local time.

Because of Thursday's weather delay, first-day leader Sahith Theegala (six under) was among those not able to tee off Friday.