SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — There are a few tournaments Rickie Fowler would really like to win: any of the four majors, the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course and the Waste Management Phoenix Open.He is now 18 holes away from a victory at the latter. Fowler finished the third round at the Phoenix Open with eight birdies, five of which came on the front nine. By the time he made the turn, he put just enough distance between himself and the rest of the 36-hole leaders. He carded a 7-under 64 for first place (20 under)[email protected] takes a 4-shot lead into Sunday.#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/oq1IXj2r0U— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 2, 2019″(I’m) just playing solid golf,” Fowler said. “I’m looking forward to tomorrow. There’s 18 holes left, a lot of work, but we’re in a good spot.” Related News Phoenix Open: Rickie Fowler in sole possession of 1st place after shooting 6-under 65 Matt Kuchar is in sole possession of second place (16 under) after shooting a 6-under 65. Justin Thomas rounded out the top three after he carded 3-under 68.Kuchar climbed three spots up the leaderboard after a mistake-free round highlighted by six birdies. Thomas, however, wasn’t as fortunate. He had two bogeys on the front nine which sandwiched one of his five birdies. He was able to edge out Byeong-hun An and Branden Grace for third-place (15 under) and a spot in the final group Sunday.”I hit a very nice back nine to at least keep myself in it,” Thomas said. “There’s a good chance it might take something special for me tomorrow but I like the fact at least that I got my way in that final group and I’m going to know what [Rickie] is doing.”Hopefully I can get off to a hot start and maybe put a little bit of heat on him.”An and Grace are tied for fourth place (13 under). An, who has yet to win on the PGA Tour, is in contention after shooting 5-under 66. Grace had an eagle on the par-5 13th hole but three bogeys stained his scorecard. He finished 2-under 69.Gary Woodland, last year’s Phoenix Open champion, is in a two-way tie with Bubba Watson for sixth place (12 under). Watson had three consecutive birdies on the front nine, but after the turn had two bogeys to go along with two more birdies. He carded 3-under 68.Birdie-Birdie-Birdie for @BubbaWatson.He’s T2 at the @WMPhoenixOpen. #LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/YjFJfGFj3b— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 2, 2019Woodland was able to improve on his two-day total and move into the top 10. “It was a nice finish. I played really well today,” he said. “(I’m) just hoping Rickie wouldn’t run too far away from us because tomorrow, hopefully, the golf course is softened up a little bit and we’ll play aggressive. But I’m happy with where I’m at.”Showers are in the forecast for the final day of play which will begin at 8:45 a.m. local time with the leaders teeing off at 10:45 a.m.
Tyronn Lue is returning to the NBA. The Clippers are hiring Lue as the team’s top assistant coach under Doc Rivers, according to a report from The Athletic, which cites unidentified league sources. Lue previously worked on Rivers’ staff with the Celtics from 2011-13 and with Los Angeles in 2013-14. The New York Times reported last week the sides were close to an agreement.Former Cavaliers championship coach Ty Lue has agreed on deal to join the Los Angeles Clippers as the top assistant coach on Doc Rivers’ staff, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 21, 2019Lue will be joining a team with high expectations heading into 2019-20. The Clippers retooled their roster this offseason as they signed star Kawhi Leonard in free agency and acquired Paul George in a blockbuster trade with the Thunder. Related News Clippers, Steve Ballmer unveil plan for potential multi-billion dollar, privately funded arena Kawhi Leonard says he was ‘very close’ to choosing Lakers, Raptors over Clippers NBA free agency news: Patrick Patterson signs 1-year deal with Clippers “I grew up a Clippers fan,” Leonard said during his introductory press conference. “I loved the Clippers as a kid. With Doc (Rivers) being a championship head coach, that is something I wanted, an experienced coach. And the front office is very transparent with me. They want to win. It’s an opportunity for us to build our own (thing) and make history.”Lue has been out of the league since he was fired by the Cavaliers in early October after an 0-6 start to the season. He registered a 128-83 record and won a championship during his time as Cleveland’s head coach. Lue was reportedly close to joining the Lakers as their head coach and reuniting with LeBron James this summer. But, those negotiations fell apart and the Lakers eventually hired Frank Vogel.