Everyone always loves Torrey Pines but for the PGA Tour the Farmers Insurance Open is over and it is on to the next tour stop. The Phoenix Open is in its 80th year and the host course has been the TPC at Scottsdale for over 25 years. Players the likes of Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller and Phil Mickelson have been called champion after 72 holes of hard fought competition. The Waste Management Phoenix Open is home to the rowdiest fans in golf. If you don’t believe that just Google the 16th at TPC at Scottsdale to understand what I mean.
Dates: February 4 – 7 2016
Course: TPC Scottsdale
Stats: Par 71, 7,216 Yards
Television Coverage (Times):
Thursday: Golf Channel 3 – 7 PM EST
Friday: Golf Channel 3 – 7 PM EST
Saturday: Golf Channel 1 – 3 , CBS 3 – 6 PM EST
Sunday: Golf Channel 1 – 3 , CBS 3 – 6 PM EST
Purse: $6.5 million total purse, $1.17 million winner share
2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open Predictions, Picks, Sleeper | TPC Scottsdale Swing Holes
The fifth hole at the TPC Scottsdale is when the Waste Management Phoenix Open really heats up. This 453 yard, Par-4 can go from a challenge to downright troubling if the prevailing winds kick up. There is no fancy dogleg right or left to worry about here. It is straight as an arrow but there is out-of-bounds down the right side for the entirety of the hole and make no mistake about it there will be a ball out-of-bounds this week. Players with a safe tee shot are left with an approach to a large green protected by one left-side bunker. This hole is all about the wind and it will be blowing. Par here for four rounds will gain a stroke or two on portions of the field.
The middle of the round can doom a player’s tournament. Each day players will try to navigate the 11th and 12th holes. The 11th will play as a 469 yard, Par-4 with a lake down the left side just waiting for a miss. Approach shots will face two bunkers; one on the front left and another behind the green that is hidden from view. Even par throughout the week is key to victory. The 12th is a 195 yard, Par-3 that presents a few challenges. Water down the right side can be avoided but will bring into play the bunkers left and behind the green. A deep green can be up to two clubs difference depending on placement.
The home hole at TPC Scottsdale is visually imposing and that is only backed up by the challenges laid out before the player’s. A challenging tee shot on 18 must avoid the sand on the right and the lake down the left. Player’s cannot rest if they properly navigate their tee shots. A deep bunker on the right and a challenging slope protect the green of a hole that will reward execution with a victory.
2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open Predictions, Picks, Sleeper | TPC Scottsdale Selections
The Waste Management Phoenix Open is home to some of the rowdiest fans in golf. It is always a great event that draws a solid field. Let’s take a look at three players that I would predict to be right in the hunt coming down the stretch on Sunday at the 2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open. Two players will seem more logical than the other but I adding a player that just might surprise, basically a sleeper for success at the 2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open Predictions, Picks, Sleeper | TPC Scottsdale
|Rickie Fowler||It looks like we are finally watching Rickie Fowler live up the potential that everyone believed was inside him. It is true that Rickie did finish tied for 46th last year but did close with a final round 67 as it appears he remembered how to play TPC Scottsdale. He did finish tied for 13th in 2011 and second back in 2010. He has four global wins in the last nine months. Watch out.|
|Brandt Snedeker||He has a history here are the Waste Management Phoenix Open finishing ninth in 2008, eighth in 2011 and second in 2013 at 24 under par. We might have talked about a title in 2013 if Mickelson didn't have a historic week. He added another top-10 here last year. Since the calendar turned he has a tie for thrird and a solo second at the Sony Open and a solid showing at the Farmers.|
|Martin Laird||A quality player who flies under the radar due to irratic play. Laird was in with a shot until a missed short par save and then a shot into the drink on the 18th which dropped him back to a tie for fifth. Outside of last year, he also finished tied for 19th in 2014 and tied for third in 2011. He is playing well at the Farmers and will be in with a shot this week.|