2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open Betting Preview And Tips

February 1st – 4th, 2018
TPC Scottsdale, Arizona
Par: 71 / Yardage: 7,266
Purse: $6.9 million with $1,242,000 to the winner
Defending Champion: Hideki Matsuyama
Phoenix Open Tips
The Phoenix Open. In a word. Mental.
Related post: Doc's 2018 Phoenix Open Fantasy Picks

Favourites Discussion


Hideki, Spieth and Rahm are all around the 10/1 mark this week which is a little bit better value than we have been given with the favourites of late.  Hideki was T2 on his debut here and won on his last two visits so he's looking for a hat trick.  Rahmbo went to college out here and scored a T5 as an amateur in 2015 and T16 on his pro debut last year.  Spieth also played in 2015 and 2017 scoring two top-10's.
Rickie Fowler goes under the radar at 14/1 this week and looks the pick of the favourites to me.  Torrey Pines didn't suit him, Scottsdale does, as he proved with a solo 2nd in 2016 and T4 here last year.

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As ever, with bookies paying five places, I'm looking for solid each way bets down the order.

Doc's Top Five Each Way Bets


JB Holmes 40/1





I recall in early 2016 JB went on a run of T6 at The Farmers, T6 here in Phoenix and then T11 at Pebble and he's in that form again right now which is why he has to be on your betslip this week.  Great performance at Torrey Pines last week and his solo 4th was as much down to a field leading putting performance as powerful driving.  The T6 in 2016 started with a 73 and I'm hoping that the transition from the wind in San Diego will be smoother this time.

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Webb Simpson 35/1


Webb Simpson loves Phoenix and he's one of the few players to thrive on both the original course and Tom Weiskopf redesign.  Three top-10's from 2011 to 2014 were followed with a T14 in 2016 and solo second in 2017 when Hideki beat him in a playoff.  Webb got a rotten hop and snookered himself behind the bunker after bravely attempting to drive the 17th green on their fourth playoff hole.

Byeong Hun An 50/1


After a T40 warm up in Abu Dhabi Ben went T6 last week at the Dubai Desert Classic.  Granted it was a birdie-fest but An averaged 312 yards from the tee, T15 in driving accuracy and T9 in greens hit.  That should serve as a nice warm up for another tilt at Phoenix where he led after 54 holes on his debut last year (66, 66, 65) before a final round of 73 slipped him to sixth.  Tiredness and jetlag have to be a consideration though on that massive trans Arabia-Africa-Atlantic-America flight across.

Daniel Berger 40/1


I need someone on a mission for Phoenix in my list this week and think Daniel Berger might be a good fit.  T11 at the Tourney of Champions and T14 at the Sony was a decent start to 2018 and Berger will be determined to score a big finish on a course he knows he can putt well on.  T10 and T7 in 2015 and 2017 respectively.  He has been out of the top-10 of a leaderboard for far too long.

Zach Johnson 50/1


Let us down last time but Zach is a great fit for Phoenix.  He only really came back to this event in 2015 following the redesign and has been top-15 in each of his three visits up to last season.  He's also on a run of five straight top-25 finishes and on a course like this where over exuberance sometimes overtakes logic and forces errors, it's good to have a straight thinker like Zach.


Long Odds Glory Shots

Harris English  55/1


Steady progression of form with a T11 at the Career Builder and a T8 at the Farmers and Harris English sandwiched a solo third here in 2016 in between two also rans (T57, T40) since the redesign.

Brendan Steele 66/1

Steele is one of those for who it all went Pete Tong after the Scottsdale facelift (three top-6 finishes 2012-2014)  but he's still done no worse than T26 in his last three starts here.  Winner already in the "2018" season at the Safeway, he hasn't finished worse than T29 in four events since.

Martin Laird, Billy Horschel and John Huh all 125/1 are worth keeping an eye on.  Laird is a course specialist, Huh drives it great here and with Billy Ho you never know!



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