The PGA Tour roadshow is off to Phoenix this week for The Waste Management Open, and it coincides with one of the world’s biggest sporting shows this weekend – the Super Bowl on Sunday night. You can expect plenty of boisterous behaviour from the Phoenix patrons in especially when they congregate around the iconic par-3 16th hole.
Indeed, the closing stretch of holes is likely to spark plenty of drama, especially at the 17th where water comes into play, while the 18th will ask a lot of stiff questions.
Anyway, there’s plenty for you to sink your teeth into, so we’ve given you three tips to dissect ahead of the Phoenix Open.
Patrick can be top dog
Patrick Cantlay has been a model of consistency so far at the start of the 2022 season, and he’s been knocking at the door. The FedEx Cup champion has been playing some sublime stuff, and although he faded slightly at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am last weekend, he still came home in T4. The American has enjoyed three top-10 finishes in three PGA Tour outings, and he will always be a contender.
The layout of the course seems to favour ball strikers of his ilk, and Cantlay, more often than not, is solid from tee to green. Cantlay has been making all the right noises, and you can get a decent price of 14/1 with Paddy Power for him to be in the winner’s circle come Sunday evening.
Justin Thomas to make headway in Round One
Justin Thomas is usually a threat near the top of the leaderboard, and we are all waiting for him to take off this season. In two PGA Tour appearances, he has managed a T5 and T20 at the Tournament of Champions and Farmers Insurance Open respectively.
Thomas was co-leading with Jon Rahm at the Farmers Insurance Open after 36 holes. In seven starts at the Waste Management Open, Thomas has made five cuts, but something hasn’t quite clicked at the moment. His win rate has tailed off recently, but he could come flying out of the blocks in Phoenix. We could be set for a desert duel between Rahm and Thomas, but you can get a tasty looking price of 22/1 with bet365 for Thomas to finish Round One as the leader.
Does anyone fancy a Hole in One?
A hole-in-one is probably one of the hardest things to achieve in golf. At the Waste Management Open, there have been a few aces at the 16th hole. The ace by Tiger Woods in 1997 stands out, and the last player to get a hole-in-one at the 16th was Francesco Molinari in his third round seven years ago.
If you are ready to chance your arm in this market, then bet365 are offering short odds of 4/6 for there to be an ace. Whether it comes on the 16th is another matter.