Phoenix Open: Golf betting preview and picks

Jan 30, 2013 |
The PGA Tour leaves California and heads to Arizona for the Waste Management Phoenix Open, played at TPC Scottsdale.

Six of the top-10 players on the money list are in action as well as six of the top 10 in the FedEx Cup standings. Only three players ranked in the OWGR top 10 are playing: Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson and Jason Dufner. But there are nine past Phoenix Open winners in the field and 10 major championship winners. Other notables include Phil Mickelson, Nick Watney and Rickie Fowler.

Kyle Stanley (+5,000) is the defending champion and what a story it was. After blowing a seven-shot lead the previous week at the Farmers Insurance Open, he found himself eight shots back heading into Sunday at TPC Scottsdale and was able to make it all up thanks to a 65. It helped that 54-hole leader Spencer Levin imploded with a 75, but Stanley's turnaround from the previous week was pretty special.

Rickie Fowler (+1,600) showed a lot of resiliency last week at Torrey Pines as he opened with a 77 on Thursday and fought back to go -13 the rest of the way to finish T6. That was his second T6 of the season after a similar finish at the opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions. He finished solo second in his debut at the Waste Management in 2010 and has had a T13 and a T26 the last two years.

The value may be thin but Phil Mickelson (+2,200) could be due for a breakout. He is the hometown favorite here and success has come with that. Lefty has two wins here as well as a runner-up in a playoff and six additional top-10s. He has not exactly started strong this year with a T37 and a T51, but playing for a third straight week could be very beneficial in getting his game in order.

We used Hunter Mahan (+2,500) last week and we will go back to him here. He was rather inconsistent at the Farmers Insurance Open, but was good enough for a T15 which should provide confidence heading here. He won this event in 2010 by one shot over Fowler so he knows how to get around. He skipped last year after a T29 in 2011, which was a disappointment after blowing it in Torrey Pines the previous week.

Bo Van Pelt (+3,500)
had an outstanding season a year ago with a flurry of top-10 finishes and while this year has been average, it will get better for sure. He was -5 going into the final round at Torrey Pines but put up an 81 to finish a distant T78. He has had success at TPC Scottsdale, finishing T18 two years ago and backed it up with a T8 last year - just five off the lead. He is ready for his first win in over three years.

Josh Teater (+7,000) is not a household name and because of that we’re getting great odds with him here. The Tiger Woods win at the Farmers overshadowed everyone else and that included Teater who quietly tied for second place. He had a run of three straight top-10s in July and August last year and closed with a T5 at Walt Disney. He opened this year with a T15 at the Sony, so last week was no fluke.

Recommended Tournament Win Five Pack at the Waste Management Phoenix Open - All for 1 Unit

Rickie Fowler (+1,600)
Phil Mickelson (+2,200)
Hunter Mahan (+2,500)
Bo Van Pelt (+3,500)
Josh Teater (+7,000)

2012 Record to date after 36 events: +51.6 Units
2013 Record to date after 4 events: -11.5 Units

Hyundai Tournament of Champions -5 Units
Sony Open in Hawaii -5 Units
Humana Challenge - 5 Units
Farmer Insurance Open +3.5 Units

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