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From one of golf’s most popular tour stops to the next, it is no surprise that a strong field has flocked to Arizona for the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Famous for its iconic closing stretch, including the amphitheatre-style par-3 16th hole, who will hold their nerve in front of the masses on Sunday? Read my free golf betting tips below for a few clues. But first…
Waste Management Phoenix Open details
Venue: TPC Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
Date: February 10-13, 2021
Course stats: Par 71; 7,261 yards
Course summary: This desert track is relatively short with undulating Bermuda fairways and large, fast Bermuda greens. Deep bunkering and water hazards are the main defence for this course where consistent ball strikers appear to prosper. The course sits at altitude, so players will have to factor this in when calculating their shots. An exciting closing stretch features a reachable par-5, and a driveable par-4, with danger from water hazards lurking throughout.
Purse: $8.2 million
Defending champion: Brooks Koepka (-19)
Waste Management Phoenix Open TV coverage
Thursday: Sky Sports Golf and Sky Sports Main Event from 2pm
Friday: Sky Sports Golf and Sky Sports Main Event from 2pm
Saturday: Sky Sports Golf from 4pm and Sky Sports Main Event from 10pm
Sunday: Sky Sports Golf from 4pm and Sky Sports Main Event from 8pm
Waste Management Phoenix Open golf betting tips
Bazza’s Banker: Jordan Spieth – 2.5pt e/w @ 20/1 with Bet365
Spieth was sensational last weekend, and despite not winning the event, I couldn’t help but make a mental note for him this week. Spieth has some good form at the Phoenix Open – if you ignore that period where he didn’t play well anywhere – with three top-10 finishes to his name.
Spieth ranked 1st for SG: Tee-to-green at Pebble, and I am conscious that when he gets hot it is really hard to stop him. Three top-21 finishes prior to his 2nd place last week suggest he is gearing up to find his best stuff, and I could not deal with the FOMO if I am not on him when he wins this week.
The Each-Way Play: Bubba Watson – 1.5pt e/w @ 40/1 with Bet365
How can I not include the two-time Masters champion after that near miss in Saudi Arabia last week? That performance was vintage Bubba, and his form here suggests we can expect him to carry some of that over to Phoenix. His last three visits to TPC Scottsdale have yielded two top-5 finishes and a top-25.
Last season, Watson ranked 9th for SG: Off-the-tee, so certainly fits the bill of a top quality ball striker. A long break may have been just what he needed to recharge the batteries, and with a strong performance still fresh in his memory he could be dangerous at this price.
The Longshot: Corey Conners – 1pt e/w @ 60/1 with Bet365
Conners has had an up and down start to the campaign with three finishes inside the top-22 among a couple of missed cuts. The Canadian has progressively improving form at this venue, having finished 45th in 2020 and 17th in 2021. That is encouraging, especially when you consider how well he suits this tough course statistically.
Conners currently ranks 9th for SG: Tee-to-green and 2nd for SG: Approach in the last three months, and typically plays well on courses that require solid ball striking. Despite having just one PGA Tour win to his name, Conners has demonstrated he can mix it with the best on occasion and I fancy him to have a good week in Phoenix at a decent price.
For more prices, visit the Bet365 golf page.
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