Waste Management Phoenix Open Golf Betting Tips
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TPC Scottsdale in Arizona will be a course well known to most golf fans. Plenty of room off the tee in the main, Scottsdale is a desert course full of risk and reward holes. Big hitting attacking types tend to prosper, and this could be even more the case than usual this weekend as rain is forecast from Saturday which would soften up the course. Thrills and spills are virtually guaranteed on a great back nine with water in play on numerous holes.
Big Names At The Phoenix Open:
Jon Rahm takes his now familiar place at the head of the market, Bet UK have installed him as their 7/1 favourite and he’s unquestionably the most likely winner. Never worse than 16th in three starts here, Rahm has the added benefit of having attended Arizona State University so will not only know the track better than most, he will also have relentless support from the most raucous crowd on the golfing circuit. The Spaniard arrives here on the back of 5th and 6th place finishes, so his credentials are virtually bomb proof. The one concern is that mentally he could be very tired, two weeks of being bang in contention followed by what is sure to be an intense media build up this week could leave the fiery Rahm a touch frazzled. He does tend to wear his heart on his sleeve when in contention and there has to be a possibility he may again fall just short if in the mix come Sunday. Justin Thomas is next in the betting and like Rahm his chance is pretty much there for all to see. A top class operator in all departments he arrives well rested and whilst his course record is below what you’d expect, in all likelihood that’s just a coincidence. Thomas could quite easily triumph this week, but at a single figure price he can be left alone.
Gary Woodland is the defending champion and couldn’t wish to return to Scottsdale in better shape in a bid to hold onto his trophy. Woodland has been playing well constantly for the last few months and his 9th place finish last week was the perfect warm up for his title defence. Woodland’s long game was in fantastic working order and this supreme ball striker topped the par 5 scoring averages, all of which bodes very well for the week ahead in Arizona. He’s an 18/1 chance with Bet UK and it’s tough to envisage a scenario in which Woodland doesn’t put up a stout title defence.
Bubba Watson is a TPC Scottsdale stalwart and will be teeing it up here for the thirteenth time. This is a course where he has become a firm fans favourite but an elusive victory has remained outside of the left handers grasp. 2014 and 2015 saw Watson finish runner up, and at 39/1* this time around it’s worth chancing he may finally lay those ghosts to rest. Bubba’s game type will need no introduction to seasoned golf watchers and the wide open spaces of Scottsdale suit the American bomber down to the ground. Watson missed the cut when last seen at the Sony Open, but that golfing test is never likely to suit and this week should see Bubba revitalised. As ever with Watson we may need to cover our eyes when watching some of the shorter putts, but all in all this appears a good week to have him on side.
Low scoring courses that reward attacking aggressive golf are right up Korean Byeong Hun An’s street and thus it comes as no surprise to see An has posted a 6th and a 23rd on his only two visits to Scottsdale so far. It’s a touch concerning that he’s flying in after playing both events in the middle east, but last week’s 13th place in Dubai should be a nice confidence booster and he was never in contention for the title so shouldn’t be mentally drained. It’s disappointing that ‘’Benny’’ as he is known hasn’t landed a title on US soil yet, but we know he’s capable of winning big events as he already has a Wentworth PGA title in his locker. The Phoenix Open would seem an ideal fit for the gifted Korean to change that unwanted statistic.
Our fourth and final selection in this event is 6 foot 3 long hitting Luke List. List is averaging over 315 yards per drive this season, a distance bettered by only 3 players on the PGA Tour and that immense power will be a huge asset this week. It’s taken a while for List to get used to Scottsdale, but the penny finally dropped last year when he finished a respectable 26th and given how far he is driving the ball currently, an improved showing can be expected. Bet UK have him at 67/1* and that looks worth a small wager.
No Phoenix Open preview could be completed without mentioning Hideki Matsuyama, the top-notch Japanese has twice won the event and has a 2nd and 4th to boot. He’d been performing very averagely for a while until last week, where he bounced right back to form with a 3rd place finish. Given his obvious affinity with the track Matsuyama is greatly feared. This is a pretty strong field and there are any number of other players that punters will be considering, Phil Mickelson has won this tournament no fewer than three times and once again will be assured of relentless support from his huge army of fans and Rickie Fowler has a good record here too, and will also be a crowd favourite. Xander Schauffele has developed into a top class operator, but that is now very much reflected in his price, whilst the hype around Cameron Champ has quietened down on the back of two missed cuts but this is exactly the type of course he could rip apart if finding top form again.
Bet UK’s Golf Betting Tips
|2.5pts EW||Gary Woodland||18/1*|
|1pt EW||Bubba Watson||39/1*|
|0.5pts EW||Byeong-Hun An||49/1*|
|0.5pts EW||Luke List||67/1*|
*All odds from Bet UK’s online betting correct at the time of writing.
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