Following a week that saw Tiger once again return to his glory at Torrey Pines we head to Scottsdale, Arizona for the biggest party on the PGA Tour. Though many people will be focussed on the Baltimore Ravens vs San Francisco 49ers this weekend, the golfers will be busy battling in one of the best events of the year. Below is a bit about the beautiful track the players will be playing and the college kids will be partying at.
The men will be teeing it up in the desert this week at a 7200 yard Par 71 gem of a course. Scottsdale is a course that can be had if you are striking the ball well and you don’t let the enormous crowds get to you. The course record at TPC Scottsdale is held by three guys who all management to post an 11 under 60 (Grant Waite 1996, Mark Calcavecchia 2001, and Phil Mickelson 2005). Be sure to keep an eye on the players when they walk up to the 11th hole. They will be faced with a daunting 469 yard Par 4 that will challenge any player’s mental and physical game. Water lines the left side of the entire hole with a pair of bunkers protecting the green.
Though the 11th hole will be the toughest for the players, it will not be where the attention of the crowd is. That honour goes to the stadium styled 16th hole. With throngs of rowdy college and university students surrounding the entire hole you will hear everything that happens on the 16th. The 162 yard Par 3 offers the players a birdie opportunity if they can block out the noisy crowd.
Teeing it up in the desert this week will be an excellent field eager to make the PGA Tours West Coast swing a good one. Previous winners of this event include (Kyle Stanley 2012, Mark Wilson 2011, Hunter Mahan 2010, Kenny Perry 2009, JB Holmes 2006 and 2008, Aaron Baddeley 2007, Phil Mickelson 1996 and 2005, Chris DiMarco 2002, Mark Calcavecchia 1989, 1992 and 2001, Tom Lehman 2000, and Rocco Mediate 1999)
Plenty of players come in on a roll and will look to continue their success at TPC Scottsdale. Players this week will be looking to take advantage of the three Par 5’s on the course, as over the years they have been some of the easier holes. The scoring holes tend to favour the long bombers, something that is becoming a growing trend on Tour. Though the bombers will be favoured this week, they had better take into account the 79 bunkers and 6 water hazards located throughout the course.
6-Pack System Picks for Phoenix Open
Here are this week’s six-pack of golfers I like to win the tournament outright. **Odds are based on 5dimes.eu**. I will be (and recommend) placing 1% of my golf bankroll on each golfer to win the tournament outright.
Picks are sent to members only (visit GolfBanker.com to learn more), but below is a free pick from the 6 pack system…
Jason Day 40 TO 1 – We went against Jason Day last week in a head to head match up and it was the only one we lost. This was due to his sizzling final round of 66 (on The South Course) and I expect him to ride this momentum into Arizona. Day has only played twice at TPC Scottsdale (2008 – T20 and 2010 – MC) but I feel it sets up well for him. He ranked 7th last season in Driving Distance, averaging just over 308 yards. It also should help that Jason was 14th on Tour in Strokes Gained through Putting. Day has the ability to win any week he tees it up on the PGA Tour but many times it is his mental game that gets in the way. If Mondays final round was any indication of what is to come this season for Jason, all signs are pointing towards a big year.TPC Scottsdale forces players to go very low if they want to be in contention, and I expect Jason to do just that. He ranked 12th on Tour in 2012 for Birdie or Better Conversion Percentage, a stat that could improve when he leaves Arizona at weeks end.