Waste Management Phoenix Open betting tips & predictions – dubbed “The Greatest Show on Grass”, the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale has no problem living up to its name. In addition to playing host to the biggest names in the game, the tournament is the PGA Tour’s best-attended event – drawing nearly 500,000 enthusiastic spectators each year.
Formerly known as The Phoenix Open and The FBR Open, the event has been hosted by the TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course since 1987. Unlike other tournaments, spectators become central to the Waste Management Phoenix Open, helping to transform the famous 16th hole into “The Coliseum” – the loudest hole in golf. In 1997 a 21 year old Tiger Woods aced the 16th in what is one of the most famous holes-in-one of all time.
In 2014 the City of Scottsdale carried out an extensive renovation of TPC Scottsdale under the supervision of architect Tom Weiskopf. The project included the relocation of four greens, resurfacing of all greens, reshaping and re-grassing all tee complexes, relocation and reshaping of all bunker complexes and re-landscaping of desert areas. The result was a more aesthetically pleasing resort for guests and strategically more challenging to PGA Tour players.
Course knowledge around TPC Scottsdale is a plus and those with solid Event Form should be given due consideration. It is a ball strikers course and all aspects of a player’s game needs to be in tune. The big hitters will have a slight advantage on the gettable Par-5 15th and the driveable Par-4 17th. However, water is in play on both these holes so errant tee shots will be punished. Hitting plenty Greens in Regulation is the key attribute this week for success.
Last year, Hideki Matsuyama prevailed winning his second PGA Tour title of the season and fourth overall. He is the sixth player to successfully defend the title having won the year previous. He won on the fourth hole of a playoff outlasting Webb Simpson with a birdie putt on the short Par-4 17th. Matsuyama finished the week T6 in Driving Accuracy, T19 for Driving Distance, T2 in GIR and a mediocre 47th in Strokes Gained Putting.
In 2016, Rickie Fowler let a two shot lead slip away on the Par 4 17th hole when he hit a driver through the green and into the water. This opened the door for Hideki Matsuyama who went on to capture his 2nd Tour title in a dramatic four hole playoff.
Matsuyama finished the week 35th in Driving Distance, T44 for Driving Accuracy, 1st for GIR and 16th for Scrambling. His ball-striking delivered the lions shared of his strokes gained on the field average finishing 10th in Strokes Gained Driving and 5th in Strokes Gained Approach.
The 2015 winner, Brooks Koepka, beat Hideki Matsuyama, Bubba Watson and Ryan Palmer by one stroke finishing on a score of -15(269). He finished the week inside the Top 10 for Driving Distance, GIR and Scrambling. He was T18 in Strokes Gained Putting racking up an Eagle and 18 Birdies. He squared only 4 Bogeys for the tournament.
Waste Management Phoenix Open Betting Tips 2018