We are off to Arizona this week for the biggest party on the PGA Tour. Though many people will be focussed on the New England Patriots vs. New York Giants 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 (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. Three of the four men who have won Tour this year will be in Arizona this week looking to become early season multiple winners. 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.
2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open 6 Pack System + Head To Head Picks
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Below is a sneak peak of one of my wagers in the 6 Pack System for the Phoenix Open:
Rickie Fowler 25 to 1
Rickie is well over due to break through with a win on the PGA Tour and the party in Arizona may just be the place. In 2011 here he tied for 13th thanks in large part to a sizzling second round 62. In 2010 Rickie came extremely close to victory when he finished 2nd at this tournament. Whether it is the course, the fans, or a combination of both, there is no denying Fowlers love for this week on the PGA Tour. He played well in his only event this year finishing T13 at the Farmers Insurance Open. Let’s see a win in the Sunday Orange this week Rickie.