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Phoenix Open 2018 Betting Preview

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Daniel Berger (ew)Tournament Winner40/1Coral
Marc Leishman (ew)Tournament Winner30/1Paddy Power
JJ Spaun (ew)Tournament Winner100/1Coral

All odds quoted are subject to change

Venue

Since 1987 the Phoenix Open has been staged at the TPC of Scottsdale, a 7,216 yard, par 71 course featuring a huge stadium, enabling it to attract the largest crowds on the PGA Tour year after year. Several water hazards, trees and scrub and a breathtaking mountain backdrop add to the spectacle. A crowd of 20,000 packs into the stands surrounding the par-3 16th, known as the Coliseum (pictured above), providing an intimidating atmosphere for players coming down the stretch on Sunday. Phil Mickelson is a firm favourite having won three titles here, while JB Holmes is also a two-time champion. Hideki Matsuyama was our 28/1 winning selection in 2016 and he returned to successfully defend his title last year. The Japanese star has finished in the top five in each of the last four editions.

Favourites

Matsuyama is an obvious contender as he bids for a hat-trick of victories here and the Japanese star is one of three players heading a strong field at best odds of 10/1 with Betfred and Stan James, who both offer 6 places for each-way bets. Jordan Spieth’s share of 18th place at the Sony Open ended a run of seven consecutive top 10s and the world number three is also at 10s with Stan James, while world number two and winner of the recent CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm, is another at 10/1 – with Bet365. Justin Thomas enjoyed a sensational 2017, winning five times including his first major, although the world number four has yet to get going in 2018. He’s at 16/1 with Stan James and Bet365, with the latter firm offering Rickie Fowler at the same price. Fowler surprisingly missed the cut at the Farmers, after finishing second, first and fourth on his three previous appearances. With five of the world’s top 10 in attendance, the rest of the field can be backed at 30/1 and above.

Tips

DANIEL BERGER has gone seven months without a top 10 finish, but he remains a consistent performer and has missed only two cuts since March. The 24-year-old has been a winner on the PGA Tour in each of the last two seasons and looked back on song when he finished just outside the top 10 at the Sony Open. He’s had two top 10s in three appearances here and is a good each-way pick at 40s with Coral – who are offering 7 places each-way.

MARC LEISHMAN‘s share of eighth place at the Farmers Insurance event in California at the weekend was his eighth top 10 finish in his last 14 starts, a run which includes victory at the BMW Championship in September, and the Australian always seems able to raise his game in the strongest fields. The world number 14 won twice last year, while he also been runner-up once this season. He’s hard to ignore at a best price of 30/1 with 7 places at Paddy Power.

JJ SPAUN‘s rookie season on the PGA Tour produced three top 10 finishes, including a seasonal best tie for fourth place on his first appearance at this event. He’s started this season well too, sharing 10th at the Shriners event before being runner-up at the RSM Classic. A poor round on Sunday took him out of contention at the Farmers, where he ended 24th, but his overall form is good and he’s an interesting each-way pick at 100/1 with Coral and 7 places.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Daniel Berger (ew)Tournament Winner40/1Coral
Marc Leishman (ew)Tournament Winner30/1Paddy Power
JJ Spaun (ew)Tournament Winner100/1Coral

All odds quoted are subject to change