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Golf: PGA Tour – Waste Management Phoenix Open Preview


US PGA Tour: Waste Management Phoenix Open

TPC at Scottsdale, Arizona – par 71 and 7,052 yards 

So it’s off to Arizona for the biggest crowds of the year and the WASTE MANAGEMENT OPEN (formerly the FBR)

Full details can be found on the PGA Tour website here > PGA Tour Website

This si a fairly easy course for these guys and we could well see another 59 – there have been four 60s shot here and 25 rounds under 63! With a couple of holes shortened, the course is there for the taking; changes will be made for next year but until then, it’s a shootout in front of a huge and vocal crowd

So we are looking for players who enjoy the atmosphere, love a raucous crowd and can go really low – another open event and one where some decent-priced players could feature


A good week last week with Leishman and Day both T2; this week I am happy to avoid a few of the bigger names and having backed Fowler the past 2 weeks, I may live to regret not picking him this week!

Matt EVERY > 2 appearances here and both top 10s; last year he nailed the fairways and GIR but took 117 putts (worst of the top 20) which stopped him challenging – in good form and a decent shout for me at 50 BF

Ryan PALMER > always have a soft spot for RP after he provided one of my biggest wins a few years ago (price of 390!) and always keep an eye out for him when he’s on form and in a shootout – worth backing as he can go really low. Was 5th here last year so expecting a good showing, 34 on BF

Ben CRANE > improved record here with 18th, 2nd, 11th in last 3 yrs, has 4 tour victories although last was in 2011 – should enjoy the atmosphere and with a top 10 in the Humana, seems to be in good form – possibly over-priced at 100 on BF

Brendan STEELE > 5th and 6th last 2 years here (shot -11 on the par5s in 2013) and if his putter is hot then he can have a say in this year’s renewal – stats are decent and he’s in good touch, couple of decent rounds last week for the Californian and one of those players I think will progress and pick up a few Tour wins, 70 on BF

Kevin STREELMAN > another player I keep an eye on and a dark horse really as he has no form in this event at all – in great nick though with a 3rd at the Hyundai; stats are really decent and he should do well here, not sure why but if he can get his head round this tournament – been around a while now and won his first tourney last year, won the Kodak Challenge and did well in some big tournaments – risky but worth a dabble for me at 100

Others that came close were Simpson, Horschel, Moore, Woodland and Sabbatini

Trading > will look at Blixt 220, Romero 260, Sabbatini 200




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* UK born, now live in sunny Australia * Specialise in golf & football but also dabble on the nags, cricket, US sports, AFL, etc * Always looking to go against the flow and tend to trade most of the time


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