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Waste Management Phoenix Open: Expert Picks

Hideki seems like the smart bet but I think Bubba is the real threat to win here.

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What: Waste Management Phoenix Open
When: February 2nd - 5th
Where: TPC Scottsdale
2015 Winner: HIdeki Matsuyama
Purse: $6.7MM (Winner: $1.2MM)

I will be mirroring the format for last year. It follows Yahoo's Fantasy Golf where you pick 2 A Golfers, 4 B Golfers and 2 C Golfers. As such I will pick one from A, 2 from B and 1 from C (as if they were your starters) along with one Dark Horse pick. It is my aim to do two things -€" first, select golfers who will do well. These golfers will not always win but it is my aim to keep the selections to golfers who make the cut and will be competitive down the stretch on Sunday. Second -€select golfers who aren't always the obvious choice. If you are playing the Yahoo format or even the PGA fantasy league than you are severely limited on starts. It does no good to name Dustin Johnson or Jordan Spieth every week. I will make sure my picks as low as possible and spread the field out to introduce new names.

Course: TPC Scottsdale - Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish built this course in 1987. It is one of the most heavily attended tournaments of the year with over 20,000 capacity. The 72 par course has 72 bunkers, some are a little deep across vast desert terrain amidst the holes. Hole 16 has a coliseum affect as the stands surround the shot onto the green, it's a raucous atmosphere, one only mirrored by the Ryder Cup.

Gary Woodland. He's 12th in FedEx Cup Rankings right now, and 41st in OWGR. He's 20th in greens in regulation, he's coming off 4 consecutive top 20 finishes and he finished 33rd here last year.

Hideki Matsuyama. 1st last year, 2nd two years ago, I am a bit hesitant about repeated success as he can go down when it seems like a lock but he seems like the surest bet.

Bubba Watson. Back to back 2nd place finishes in 2014 and 2015 with a 14th place finish last year. Personally I think he's the best bet for a top 5 finish.

Jon Rahm. I'm completely sucked in, not only does he have a 5th place finish here but he has a win in two of his starts in 2017.

Dark Horse.
Russel Knox. He's been remarkably consistent lately with a stretch of almost 6 months without missing a cut. He has seen some success here.