Waste Management Phoenix Open betting tipsJanuary 29, 2019 Golf News
The biggest crowd in golf once again takes centre stage. Steve Carroll looks at who will handle the pressure at TPC Scottsdale
Venue: TPC Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
Date: January 31-February 3, 2019
Course stats: Par 71, 7,261 yards
Course summary: There are 17 other holes, of course, but the only one anyone talks about is the par 3 16th. The Coliseum, as it is known, will once again be packed with fans all week – booing and cheering ever louder as the drinks flow and the players pass through.
Purse: $7.1 million
Defending champion: Gary Woodland (-18, beat Chez Reavie at the first playoff hole)
Weather forecast: Overcast and cool on Thursday with some chances of rain on Saturday.
Thursday: Sky Sports Golf (featured groups) 2.30pm, and 8pm
Friday: Sky Sports Golf (featured groups) 2.30pm, and 8pm
Saturday: Sky Sports Golf, 6pm.
Sunday: Sky Sports Golf, 6pm.
Waste Management Phoenix Open betting tips: Each-way tips
Brendan Steele hasn’t had too much to shout about this year, having finished well down the field at the Desert Classic and missing the cut last week.
But at 100/1 he’s difficult to ignore in the each-way stakes simply because he seems to enjoy TPC Scottsdale so much.
Third last year, his worst performance since 2012 is 26th. He’s got three other top 10s and two tops 20s to remember and probably has to be on a staking plan – even if it’s just for small amounts.
Carrying on the theme of players who haven’t done much recently but love it in Arizona is Martin Laird at 90/1.
The Scotsman missed the cut at the Desert Classic and was 43rd at the Farmers Insurance Open.
That said, although he finished with a 75, he also shot 66 and 69 on Friday and Saturday and began the previous week with a 65 before fading away.
So there is some decent stuff there and if there is a place where he can bring that all together in four consistent days then it’s TPC Scottsdale.
Ninth in 2018 and seventh the year before, he’s also been fifth and third.
Bubba Watson was 40th at Phoenix last year but is a transformed player since – going on to win three times on the PGA Tour in 2018 and make the Ryder Cup team.
He’s not had the greatest start to this year, just about propping up the field at the Tournament of Champions before missing the cut at the Sony Open.
If you can get over that, the 50/1 on a player who was a runner-up back to back at this tournament in 2014 and 2015 might find some favour.
That’s who Steve believes might creep into the each-way money but who is in the frame to take top honours? Turn the page to find out…