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PGA Tour preview: Waste Management Phoenix Open

Preview – PGA Tour – Waste Management Phoenix Open – TPC Scottsdale (Stadium Course) – Scottsdale, Arizona –

This week could be a look at the future of the PGA Tour as young stars – four of them in the Top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings – square off at TPC Scottsdale for the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Since 1932, the PGA Tour has been hosting tournaments in the Phoenix area. At 7,266 yards and a par 71, players will need to go low at the Stadium Course to contend in a week of 70-degree temps and light winds.

Justin Thomas 
(Photo by Jennifer Perez/PGA TOUR)

More than 500,000 people are expected on site during the week, which coincides with the National Football League’s Super Bowl. The week-long party at TPC Scottsdale features fans packing par-3 16th hole, which is surrounded by stadium seating.

Young stars under 30 years of age are featured this week including former World No. 1 Jordan Spieth, 5th-ranked and defending champion Hideki Matsuyama, Ryder Cup hero Patrick Reed and Justin Thomas, who won both tournaments in the Aloha Swing in January and now ranks No. 8.

Fan favorite and Arizona State grad Phil Mickelson, a three-time champion at this event, is also playing. He last won in 2013 and holds the course-record 60. He is one of several past major champs over 30 in the field along with Bubba Watson and Zach Johnson.

2016 Results:

  • Matsuyama (14-under) edged Rickie Fowler in a playoff. He opened with 65 to tee off the week and led the field in Greens in Regulation. Harris English was T-3 along with Danny Lee. Players logging Top 10s included J.B. Holmes, Shane Lowry and John Huh.

Golf Channel and CBS Sports shares the television coverage.

FANTASY: Mickelson attended nearby ASU and won here just a few seasons ago nearly shooting 59. He started 2017 with some solid showings. Expect the same here. Take Matsuyama with this history here including T-4, T-2 and playoff win during his last three tries. He also dominated fall season worldwide. Thomas leads the FedEx Cup standings and is the hottest player in the game. Play his confidence. Under the radar picks: Gary Woodland and Keegan Bradley.

BETTORS: This week provides unique cross-sports betting opportunities with the Super Bowl and PGA Tour Sunday proposition
wagers. Spieth is the favorite at 8-to-1 odds at Skybet.com. For our money, consider Matsuyama to defend at 10-1. But for a bigger payout, take Brendan Steele at 33-1. He has three Top 6s here, won in the fall and logged a Top 10 two weeks ago. C.T. Pan (100-1) is worth a wager coming off a T-2 at Torrey Pines last week.

Other Golf News:

  • Eight of last nine editions of the Waste Management Phoenix Open have been decided in playoffs or by just one stroke. Look for final-round drama again this year.
  • Henrik Stenson (6 ½-1 favorite) headlines the European Tour’s Omega Dubai Desert Classic this week. He is the best ranked player in the field at No. 4. Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer and Graeme McDowell are competing.
  • Woods is listed at 40-1 odds to win this week. A tall task for a player who missed the cut last week on the PGA Tour. But, consider World No. 23 Tyrrell Hatton (20-1) and Tommy Fleetwood (33-1) who won Abu Dhabi two weeks ago.