Golfstradamus: Waste Management Phoenix Open

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That’s right! Golfstradamus is back in print! I’ve decided to take time out of my busy schedule to help you, dear reader. I know, I know – you’re welcome. Don’t worry, I missed you, too! I’m happy to be back, bringing you all the knowledge you crave even if you don’t always deserve it. Now, let’s get down to business…

The PGA Tour is in Arizona this week for the Waste Management Phoenix Open, which pretty much means that golf season is officially here! Sure, most of you are stuck under a gazillion inches of snow so it doesn’t feel like it is – but it is. Trust me. And since most of you missed work the last two days trying to dig out of the snowpocalypse, you’re probably looking to make a couple extra bucks this weekend to make up for it. As usual, I’m here to help – so get your pencils ready.

Waste Management Phoenix Open
TPC Scottsdale – Scottsdale, AZ.
January 29 – February 1, 2015

ODDS to Win:
Bubba Watson 15/1
Jordan Spieth 15/1
Rickie Fowler 20/1
Matt Kuchar 20/1
Tiger Woods 20/1
Phil Mickelson 20/1
Hideki Matsuyama 25/1
Patrick Reed 25/1
Bill Haas 25/1
Ryan Palmer 30/1
Gary Woodland 30/1
Brendan Steele 30/1
Hunter Mahan 30/1
Harris English 40/1
Graham DeLaet 40/1
Justin Thomas 40/1
Brooks Koepka 40/1
Charley Hoffman 40/1
Scott Piercy 40/1
Billy Horschel 40/1
Keegan Bradley 40/1
Zach Johnson 50/1
Ryan Moore 50/1
Jason Dufner 50/1
Russell Henley 50/1
Nick Watney 60/1
Jamie Donaldson 60/1
Francesco Molinari 60/1
Brandt Snedeker 60/1
Robert Streb 60/1
Shawn Stefani 60/1
Martin Laird 60/1
Charles Howell III 80/1
Kevin Na 80/1
Sang-Moon Bae 80/1
Brian Harman 80/1
Jason Kokrak 80/1
Kevin Chappell 80/1
Ben Martin 80/1
J.B. Holmes 80/1
Brendon de Jonge 80/1
Boo Weekley 80/1
Rory Sabbatini 100/1
Cameron Tringale 100/1
Kevin Streelman 100/1
Russell Knox 100/1
Seung-Yul Noh 100/1
Tony Finau 100/1
K.J. Choi 100/1
Field (all others) 13/4

First up is Bubba Watson. If you’ll remember, Bubba nearly won this event last year before falling apart at the end, giving Kevin Stadler his first career win. He bounced back, of course, winning the Northern Trust Open and Masters in the weeks that followed. Surely, his collapse won’t be on his mind in Phoenix this year and at 15/1, few favorites will be a better bet all year. 

Next up are Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, who are both getting 20/1 this week. Lefty shook the rust at the Humana last week, playing well late – while Tiger will be making his much-anticipated 2015 debut at TPC Scottsdale. Tiger has never won here, but Phil almost owns the place, having captured four Phoenix Open titles. Both players deserve a bet this week.

My sleeper picks for the Waste Management are Scott Piercy and J.B. Holmes. Piercy is off to a great start in 2015, having collected two top-10 finishes already, including a runner-up at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Forty-to-one money is excellent for him, considering he’s posted five top-15 finishes in his last six trips to the Stadium course.

Holmes, on the other hand, hasn’t been too impressive this year, but he does enjoy the desert and won there back in 2003. He’s getting 80/1 money, which is a very nice pay out for a low risk/high reward pick. You’d be nuts not to throw a couple shekels his way this week.

Omega Dubai Desert Classic
Emirates Golf Club – Dubai, UAE
January 29 – February 1, 2015

ODDS to Win:
Rory McIlroy 3/1
Henrik Stenson 12/1
Martin Kaymer 15/1
Sergio Garcia 20/1
Lee Westwood 20/1
Branden Grace 25/1
Stephen Gallacher 25/1
Bernd Wiesberger 25/1
Louis Oosthuizen 25/1
Graeme McDowell 30/1
Danny Willett 40/1
George Coetzee 40/1
Emiliano Grillo 40/1
Rafael Cabrera Bello 50/1
Alexander Levy 50/1
Alex Noren 50/1
Ernie Els 50/1
Joost Luiten 50/1
Thorbjorn Olesen 50/1
Nicolas Colsaerts 50/1
Ross Fisher 50/1
Marcel Siem 60/1
Andy Sullivan 60/1
Marc Warren 60/1
Eddie Pepperell 60/1
Tommy Fleetwood 60/1
Byeong-Hun An 60/1
Thomas Bjorn 80/1
Tyrrell Hatton 80/1
Alejandro Canizares 80/1
Thongchai Jaidee 80/1
Mikko Ilonen 80/1
Thomas Pieters 80/1
Gary Stal 80/1
Gregory Bourdy 80/1
Peter Uihlein 80/1
Robert Karlsson 80/1
Romain Wattel 80/1
Alvaro Quiros 100/1
Edoardo Molinari 100/1
Oliver Fisher 100/1
Thomas Aiken 100/1
Steve Webster 100/1
Pablo Larrazabal 125/1
Benjamin Hebert 125/1
Anders Hansen 125/1
Felipe Aguilar 125/1
Matthew Fitzpatrick 150/1
Matteo Manassero 300/1
Field (all others) 11/2

Halfway around the world in Dubai, the European Tour is action at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. There’s not much to talk about there since Rory McIlroy is in the field. He’s the favorite and is paying a paltry 3/1. Other than Rors, two great bets to have solid weeks are Bernd Wiesberger at 25/1 and Graeme McDowell at 30/1. Other than that, you’ve got no reason to spend your money here.

Draft Kings

Recently, I’ve joined DraftKings.com — one of our favorite partners. DraftKings, of course, is the place where you can join weekly games so you’re not stuck with the same roster for an entire season – as a fun way to make more money using my gifts of prediction. I drafted my team for this week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open, and you can too! If you want to test your skills against mine, join the PGA $30K Mini Winter Golf Classic and see how you stack up against ol’ Golfstradamus. Here’s a look at the winning team:

Robert Allenby
Patrick Reed
Chesson Hadley
Jordan Spieth
Hideki Matsuyama
Robert Streb

That’s all for now, friends and degenerate wagers. Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s been far too long since I’ve fallen down the wormhole that is Anna Kendrick’s sub-Reddit. Until next time, go and choose wisely….

– Golfstradamus. 

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Related Link: Phoenix Open: Golf’s Best Party of the Year

Related Links:
– Waste Management Signs 10-Years Extension As Named Sponsor Of Phoenix Open
– Phoenix & The Top Destinations For Winter Golf
– Tiger Woods To Make 2015 Debut At Waste Management Phoenix Open
– With A New Look, TPC Scottsdale Is Ready For Raucous Fans
– Examining The New TPC Scottsdale With Tom Weiskopf
– Photos: Phoenix Open Best Moments
– 5 Things You Need To Know About The Phoenix Open

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