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Published: 10:22 | 5/2/16

Shane Lowry tied for lead in Arizona

Lowry carded a six-under-par first round

Shane Lowry produced a magnificent first round to earn a three-way tie with Rickie Fowler and Hideki Matsuyama at the top of the Waste Management Phoenix Open leaderboard.

Lowry was simply sensational through the opening nine holes, carding five birdies before the turn.

The Offaly man stuttered slightly on the back nine, with back-to-back bogeys on the fifth and sixth, his 14th and 15th, but he bounced back with a birdie on the seventh to card an impressive opening-round 65.

The 28-year-old, who is now ranked 21st in the world, was happy with his opening round and is determined to be more aggressive going into the weekend.

"My game feels good, I feel like I'm hitting it good," said Lowry.

"I just need to be more aggressive and less tentative. To shoot 65 is nice."

Lowry is joined on top of the leaderboard by Fowler,, who had a mixed round with six birdies, an eagle and two bogeys, and Hideki Matsuyama who struck eight birdies and two bogies.

Anirbahn Lahiri and Bryce Molder are a shot further back on five-under, but Molder was unable to complete his round as bad light stopped play with him having completed 16 holes.

Bad light also stopped the progress of Wicklow man Paul Dunne who continued his good form from Torrey Pines last week as he shot one-under through 13 holes of his first-round.

However, it was a bad start for Padraig Harrington after four bogeys and a double bogey left the multiple major winner on three-over after an opening 74.

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