Phoenix Open 2016 Tips

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Phil Mickelson (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Coral
Brendan Steele (ew)Tournament Winner55/1Bet365
Hideki Matsuyama (ew)Tournament Winner28/1Coral

Venue

The Phoenix Open is staged at the par-71 Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale, most famous for it’s par-3, 16th hole with surrounding 20,000 capacity stadium – which transforms it into “The Coliseum” hole for this event. It is renowned for loud and enthusiatic crowds, as seen when Francesco Molinari hit a hole-in-one last year.

Favourites

After finishing as runner-up in each of the last two editions, Bubba Watson is fancied to finally get his name on the trophy and is the 11/1 market leader at Paddy Power – who are offering 7 places for each-way bets. Brandt Snedeker confirmed his return to form with his eighth career victory at the delayed Farmers Insurance event and he is a 16/1 chance with Coral, while the 2010 Scottsdale runner-up Rickie Fowler is the same price with Paddy Power and those 7 places.

Tips

Phil MickelsonThere could be no more popular winner than PHIL MICKELSON this week and the support from another bumper gallery could spur him on to a fourth success at this venue. While his best days may be behind him – Mickelson hasn’t won since the 2013 Open – he can still be sporadically competitive and it is only a fortnight since he shared third place at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Coral’s price of 33/1 is a worthy each-way punt.

BRENDAN STEELEWe tipped BRENDAN STEELE at the CareerBuilder Challenge and he was going along nicely until a final round of 74 pushed him well down the leaderboard, but we will stick with him this week for an event at which he has a strong record. Steele has finished 5-6-6-26 in the last four years here, suggesting that the layout holds no fears for him. The stand-out odds of 55/1 offered by Bet365 look generous for a player clearly suited to this course.

HIDEKI MATSUYAMAHIDEKI MATSUYAMA has played only twice at Scottsdale, finishing fourth and then second, so he will be confident of shooting some low scores once again as he returns to Arizona for a third visit. The 23-year-old missed the cut at last week’s Farmers Insurance event – but that was his first start on tour in almost 2 months and should have blown away some cobwebs. Bet365 offer a cautious 20/1, but Coral are quoting 28s.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Phil Mickelson (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Coral
Brendan Steele (ew)Tournament Winner55/1Bet365
Hideki Matsuyama (ew)Tournament Winner28/1Coral