Rickie Fowler is hoping to put on a show over the weekend at the Zozo Championship after moving into a share of the lead.
The American shot a blemish-free 63 at the Narashino Country Club on Friday to sit level with Andrew Putnam on 10 under. Putnam went one better than Fowler with a 62.
Keegan Bradley, one stroke back, provides the closest competition to the leading pair while first-round leader Brendan Steele’s 73 saw him fall seven shots off the pace.
Fowler, who missed the cut at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open last time out, is having a ball in Japan and looking forward to wowing the crowd in pursuit of a sixth PGA Tour title.
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“I definitely enjoy myself over here and the people are awesome. It is really cool to play in front of the Japanese fans,” he said.
“I’m hoping we can give them more good golf over the weekend.
“I’m very happy with where we’re at. Obviously didn’t have the week we wanted last week, drove it poorly, but with some of the changes we’ve made and to have the finish that we did at Napa [T6 at the Fortinet Championship] and kind of seeing a lot of good things, I’m definitely happy about it and excited to be here and off to a good start.”
John Huh’s 61 was the best round of the day and saw him climb to eight under, one stroke ahead of Japanese home hope Keita Nakajima.
Headline act and 2021 Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama is not likely to figure in the battle for silverware but did move back to even par with a 69.