Weekly Preview: Waste Management Phoenix Open

Weekly Preview: Waste Management Phoenix Open

This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.

Waste Management Phoenix Open

TPC Scottsdale
Scottsdale, AZ

The PGA Tour heads to Arizona this week for the tournament that usually features an annual par-3 party on the famed 16th hole. Unfortunately, that won't be the case this year, as the crowd will be limited to just 5,000 per day. It's still the Waste Management Open, though, so it should be fun. 

Adding to the festivities is the strength of the field. While this event generally has a couple big names, this year it's loaded with elite players, from Jon Rahm to Rory McIlroy to Justin Thomas. Rahm and Thomas have actually played this event several times each, but McIlroy will be making his first start here. Returning to defend his title is Webb Simpson, who has a mighty fine track record here, just like almost all the other big names in the field.

It should be a fun week, as we have a lot of top-tier talent that has played well here before. In other words, don't expect an "out of nowhere" golfer to win. This is a week for the chalk to rise to the top. TPC Scottsdale is once again the track in play, which means course history aplenty.

LAST YEAR

Webb Simpson shot a final-round 69 on his way to a playoff victory over Tony Finau.

FAVORITES

Jon Rahm (7-1)

Rahm enters this week as the favorite once again, but the strange thing is, his price is the same as last week. I

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Greg Vara
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