The Waste Management Phoenix Open always provides a refreshing spectacle for golfing viewers around the world. It is by far the most rowdy event anywhere in the golfing world. It is loud and in your face and brings in over half a million spectators every year over the week. The par 3 16th is what stands out whenever anyone mentions the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Playing only 162 yards, the length of the hole doesn’t keep the players awake at night. What does is the stadium around the hole and the wild atmosphere around that develops. Over 20, 000 spectators cram around the 16th hole and make their feelings known. Any shot that hits the green is wildly applauded and anything that misses is given a vociferous boo by the onlooking masses of spectators. It really is a special hole and one that every golfing fan looks forward to every year. The Saturday is the most intense and brings lots of drama and laughs. There have only been 8 holes in one on this hole since 1987. Tiger Woods managed to ace it during the third round back in 1997. A must see moment and one that brought about massive celebrations. As for the rest of the course, TPC Scottsdale, it plays as long as 7, 266 yards and is a par 71. Defending champion Hideki Matsuyama is back to defend his title. It was a dramatic ending to last years event as he won the tournament from a shell shocked Rickie Fowler. Fowler had a 2 shot lead with 2 holes to play but ended up giving those shots back with a tee shot that went into the water on the short 17th hole. It eventually went to a playoff and Matsuyama ended up beating Fowler and earning the biggest win of his career. It is all set up for another festive atmosphere in Phoenix this week.
Hideki Matsuyama (+1000 BetOnline.ag)
This is one tournament that Matsuyama loves. He is the 5th all time money winner at this event despite only playing it 3 times. A second place in 2015 and fourth in 2014 accompanies his win last year. He has also already recorded one win and two runners up positions this season. Matsuyama will be raring to go after two weeks off. He thrives at this course and will show it again this week.
Jordan Speith (+800 BetOnline.ag)
Jordan Speith is back to some of the best form he has to offer. The young Texan has finished in the top three twice this year. Speith finished for a tie of 7th last year at TPC Scottsdale and didn’t look out of place. It was his only previous start there and he will believe he has a win in him. Look out for a rejuvenated Speith this week in Phoenix.
Russell Knox (+4000 BetOnline.ag)
15th is the best finish that Knox has recorded at TPC Scottsdale. He is though, playing some of the best golf of his life. His worst finish in his last 9 starts is 23rd place and has 3 top 10’s to show for himself too. Keep an eye out for the Flying Scotsman this week in Phoenix.
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