The pro’s of the PGA leave the State of California this week for a stop in Arizona for this week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open. I always like to refer to the Phoenix Open as the tournament that really gets the season underway.
This is definitely one of my top 5 golf tournaments that I enjoy each year and if you recall, we cashed this tournament the past 3 years with Rickie Fowler last year, Gary Woodland in 2018 and the year before with Hideki Matsuyama.
Let’s look for another big year here at the Phoenix Open and our fourth straight winner at the tournament!!!
TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course Details
The Waste Management Phoenix Open takes place this week at TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course. TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course is a par 71 course that plays out at 7,261 yards.
The course is mostly known for packing the stadium and the overall course in general with about a half million spectators throughout the week and being one of the most fun tournaments to watch overall.
The course features a quiet front 9, as the pro’s venture themselves through residential areas but once they hit the back 9, all bets are off! The crowd is probably the rowdiest that golfers will see on tour and it becomes more of a rock concert or a college frat party, than that of a professional PGA golf tournament.
The fans will begin yelling at the golfers, cheering louder than most will ever encounter and truly becoming a sight to see! The most popular and loudest among all of the hole is the Par 3 16th. Golfers will have a shot to hit a hole-in-one and send the crowd into a complete uproar.
TPC Scottsdale was designed in 1986 by Tom Weiskopf and then made an overhaul of the course in 2014.
The course is made up of four Par 3’s, eleven Par 4’s and three Par 5’s. This course really plays well for ball strikers and approach shots. If you look at the last 5 winners of the Phoenix Open, none of them really stand out as great putters but a majority of them are accurate off the tee and hit the fairways.
The greens here are really hard and play out average to fast! They are made up of Bermuda Grass on top of poa annua. That being said, as we said earlier, you do not have to be a good putter to be successful here.
Waste Management Phoenix Open System Attributes
We will put a majority of our emphasis off the tee this week. We will put a decent amount of weight into Ball Striking and Strokes Gained: Off The Tee. If you look at what has been successful here, everything screams out ball strikers here. We will also put some weight into the following attributes:
- Ball Striking
- Strokes Gained: Off The Tee
- Greens In Reg
- Strokes Gained: Tee To Green
- Strokes Gained: Approach
- Birdie or Better %
- Par 5 Scoring
Waste Management Phoenix Open Golfers
Bryson DeChambeau +2800 – Bryson played well last week over in the Euro Tour, before being issued a warning for slow play. He ended up placing 8th after being rattled from the warning. He placed in 5th place 2 years ago here and passed on playing here last year. He returns this year and should be a viable option to be there on Sunday.
Gary Woodland +2800 – Woodland always plays well here at the Phoenix Open. He won this tournament two years ago and has placed inside the Top 7, in 3 of the last 9 times he has played here dating back to 2011. Woodland missed the cut last week, which allows us to have some nice odds but don’t put too much into that as he was in great form prior to last week.
Scottie Scheffler +5000 – Scheffler is our top play this week at the Phoenix Open. This will be his first time playing here, which I’m not a fan of on this course, however his numbers are golden for a course like this. His ball striking is going to be a huge benefit for him here and we think he has the best chance to secure the win here this week!
Corey Conners +8000 – This is the first time Conners is playing at the Phoenix Open but much like Scheffler, he has really strong numbers for this type of course. He also comes in with really strong form, finishing in 12th place at the Sony Open and 19th place at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. His odds make him a very appealing value and a must play!
Harold Varner +20000 – If you are looking for a hot longshot, take a look at Harold Varner. He is 200/1, which is absolutely ridiculous! He placed 10th last year here and has played well in 3 of 4 years in the Phoenix Open. He definitely doesn’t belong being 200/1 and is deserving of a look!