Rickie Fowler closed with four straight birdies for a 6-under 65 on Friday, taking a one-shot lead over Justin Thomas into the weekend at the Phoenix Open.

Fowler’s birdie run started at the par-5 15th and ended with his 8-foot putt on the par-4 18th, putting him at 13-under 129 through two rounds.

Thomas, his roommate for the week, was bogey-free until he pulled his approach on the long par-4 14th and couldn’t get up-and-down. He responded with a two-putt birdie on 15 and closed with four straight pars.

Branden Grace aced the 193-yard seventh hole and was tied with Trey Mullinax at 11 under. Each shot 64.

Playing in his 30th Phoenix Open, Phil Mickelson shot 75 and finished 1 over to miss the cut.

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Justin Thomas hits from the 10th tee during the second round of the Phoenix Open PGA golf tournament, Friday, Feb. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Justin Thomas hits from the 10th tee during the second round of the Phoenix Open PGA golf tournament, Friday, Feb. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Branden Grace waves after making his birdie putt on the 15th green during the second round of the Phoenix Open PGA golf tournament, Friday, Feb. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Branden Grace waves after making his birdie putt on the 15th green during the second round of the Phoenix Open PGA golf tournament, Friday, Feb. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Defending champion Gary Woodland hits from the second fairway during the second round of the Phoenix Open PGA golf tournament, Friday, Feb. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Defending champion Gary Woodland hits from the second fairway during the second round of the Phoenix Open PGA golf tournament, Friday, Feb. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Aaron Baddeley hits from a bunker on the second hole during the second round of the Phoenix Open PGA golf tournament, Friday, Feb. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Aaron Baddeley hits from a bunker on the second hole during the second round of the Phoenix Open PGA golf tournament, Friday, Feb. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Phil Mickelson watches his shot from desert area off the ninth fairway during the second round of the Phoenix Open PGA golf tournament, Friday, Feb. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Phil Mickelson watches his shot from desert area off the ninth fairway during the second round of the Phoenix Open PGA golf tournament, Friday, Feb. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Harold Varner III hits from the second tee during the second round of the Phoenix Open PGA golf tournament, Friday, Feb. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Harold Varner III hits from the second tee during the second round of the Phoenix Open PGA golf tournament, Friday, Feb. (AP Photo/Matt York)

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