PGA Tour Brunch - First Look at Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale
@PGATourBrunch Looks at This Week's PGA Tour Event in Phoenix, Arizona
First Look at Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale, Arizona
Five of the top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking are scheduled to compete, led by World No. 2 and Arizona State alum Jon Rahm.
Webb Simpson returns in his bid to become the third player since 1970 to successfully defend the Waste Management Phoenix Open title. Simpson’s 2020 playoff victory over Tony Finau marked the fourth playoff in the last five years of the event at TPC Scottsdale.
Special temporary member Will Zalatoris comes into the week following a (T-7) at the Farmers Insurance Open, his fourth top-10 of the season. Not too shabby.
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THIS WEEK on the PGA TOUR: Waste Management Phoenix Open
COURSE: TPC Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Arizona (link)
ARCHITECTS: Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish
YARDS/PAR: 7,261 yards/Par 71
PRIZE Money/First Place Winnings: $7,300,000/$1,314,000
DEFENDING Champion: Webb Simpson (2020 Leaderboard link)
PAST RESULTS: (link)
PAST CHAMPIONS of Event: (link)
FEDEx CUP Points/Winner Share for points: 2,989/500
SOCIAL MEDIA: #PGATour #FedEXCup @WMPhoenixOpen #ThePeoplesOpen
TV COVERAGE: Thursday, February 4-and-Friday, February 5: 3:00pm to 7:00pm (ET) on Golf Channel. Saturday, February 6: 1:00pm to 3:00pm (ET) on Golf Channel and 3:00pm to 6:00pm (ET) on NBC. Sunday, February 7: 1:00pm to 3:00pm (ET) on Golf Channel and 3:00pm to 6:30pm (ET) on NBC.
STREAMING: Peacock will offer its first broadcasts of NBC Sports Edge Betcast this weekend. On Thursday and Friday: 3:45pm to 6:15pm (ET); Saturday and Sunday: 2:00pm to 4:30pm (ET); PGA Tour Live will offer streaming coverage of Featured Groups on Thursday and Friday from 9:15am to 7:00pm (ET) and 11:00am to 3:00pm (ET on Saturday and Sunday. Featured Holes will be streamed Saturday and Sunday only from 3:00pm to 6:00pm (ET). Got it all?
PGA TOUR RADIO COVERAGE: Thursday, February 4 - Friday, February 5 - 1:00pm to 7:00pm (ET); Saturday, February 6 and Sunday, February 7: 1:00pm to 6:00pm (ET) on Sirius XM Satellite Radio (PGA Tour Radio is available on Sirius 208/XM 92) or online on PGATour.com).
PGA TOUR TOURNAMENT SITE (link)
TEE ⏰: They’ll tee-it-up at 7:20am (local)/9:20am (ET) Thursday. (Remember NO Daylight Savings Time adjustments in Arizona). Kyle Stanley, Sam Ryder and Scott Harrington will use the first tee while Emiliano Grillo, Byeong Hun An and Will Zalatoris head-out from No. 10 at TPC Scottsdale.
🏌️♂️ 👀 🏌️♂️- The Field (link)
🏌️♂️Tee Times (link)
Featured ⛳️ Groups:
A L👀K at the ODDS and Predictions for the Waste Management Phoenix Open:
Jon Rahm 7-1
Justin Thomas 8-1
Xander Schauffele 11-1
Rory McIlroy 11-1
Webb Simpson 16-1
Daniel Berger 20-1
Hideki Matsuyama 22-1
Harris English 28-1
Sungjae Im 33-1
Rickie Fowler 40-1
Bubba Watson 40-1
Will Zalatoris 45-1
Scottie Scheffler 45-1
Ryan Palmer 45-1
Gary Woodland 45-1
Matthew Wolff 45-1
Billy Horschel 50-1
Matt Kuchar 50-1
Jason Day 50-1
Louis Oosthuizen 50-1
Si-Woo Kim 60-1
Russell Henley 66-1
Corey Conners 66-1
Max Homa 70-1
Henrik Norlander 70-1
Cameron Champ 70-1
Sam Burns 70-1
Carlos Ortiz 70-1
Brendon Todd 80-1
Jordan Spieth 80-1
Brian Harman 80-1
Brendan Steele 80-1
Byeong Hun An 80-1
Talor Gooch 90-1
Sebastian Munoz 90-1
Adam Long 100-1
Patton Kizzire 100-1
Chris Kirk 100-1
Keegan Bradley 100-1
Adam Hadwin 100-1
Last Week’s Final Leaderboard from The Farmers Insurance Open (link)
Waste Management 2020 Results (Webb Simpson Champion) - (link)
Past Winners and Runners-Up at Phoenix (link)
TL’s Wedge Edge - There’s no way you can overlook reigning champion Webb Simpson and you MUST note that previously hot Tony Finau is NOT in the field. That makes me look harder at Xander Schauffele. The question then becomes who are your other two players in your fantasy foursome and two alternates (bench) players if you play the PGA Tour Fantasy game.
Daniel Berger is worth a very good look, as is Gary Woodland.
Two others to consider as more of the long shot types are Bubba Watson (40-1) and young Will Zalatoris (45-1)
For One and Done? I’m overlooking Jon Rahm, the fave, and will be on Schauffele.
What They’re Saying:
PGA Tour Power Rankings for Waste Management Phoenix Open (PGATourCom)
Odds and Predictions for the Waste Management Phoenix Open (CBS Sports)
Reed’s Short Game (CBS Sports)
Rory McIlroy to Play Phoenix for First Time (Arizona Sports)
Draft Kings Preview for WM/Phoenix Open (PGATourCom/Draft Kings)
#SportsBiz, Sporting Gambling and Golf Industry News
USGA, R&A Propose Equipment Standards (ESPN)
Finally, Some “Real” Fans (Golf Week/USA Today)
The Curious Twitter Account of Patrick Reed (Golf Digest)
PointsBet webcast with (Golf Channel)
Golf Betting Simulcast (AZ Central)
PointsBet Offers Refunds After Reed Controversy (ESPN)
On This Day in Golf History
February 3, 2013 - Phil Mickelson closed out a wire-to-wire victory at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, his 41st PGA Tour win. Mickelson shot a final round (67) to beat Brandt Snedeker by five strokes. (Courtesy of Randy Walker), Author of On This Day in Golf History, available via Amazon.com and by clicking HERE