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Rickie Fowler 22/1

Played well in his first event of the year last week even if he was not in the shakeup. Finished five shots off the pace last year in tying 13th but in 2010 narrowly lost out to Hunter Mahan, who incidentally tees it up on the European Tour this week. The desert conditions will suit Fowler this week, one of the few that will thrive in these conditions.

Bill Haas 28/1

Let me down last time I tipped him but after tying fourth at The Farmers  I think Bill is ready for his first win of 2012. The reigning Fed Ex champ shot a 63 at Torrey Pines last week and if memory serves could have won this tournament last year but for a poor final round of 76 which dropped him out of contention.

Webb Simpson 16/1

Top six in three of his last four events, I think Webb Simpson is top quality.  Tied for third at the season opener in Hawaii. Followed a Thursday 70 with three rounds in the mid 60’s to top 10 here last year and if he can get the putter warm early in Phoenix, James Frederick “Webb” Simpson could be in line for his third US Victory.

Best Of The Rest

I still think that Martin Laird (22/1) is a great pick. Honest quiet reliable, the Scot goes about his business like a real pro. Laird already has a second (tied) at the Hyundai and shot 64 and 65 at the weekend here at TPC Scottsdale last year to tie third.  Kevin Na missed the cut at the Sony Open but recovered his confidence somewhat last week at the Humana with a top 30. A perennial performer at the Phoenix Open and from 40/1, worth a look.
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