This week the Tour heads to Arizona for one of the most fun and entertaining tournaments of the year, the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The energy emitting from this event is unlike anything seen on the PGA Tour and as such it guarantees to draw some of the biggest names in golf.
With a packed field (132 players), everyone will all be looking to channel the energy from the surrounding crowd to elevate their game when it counts most. From young guns like Justin Thomas & Jon Rahm, to some of the more experienced like Bubba Watson & Zach Johnson, only time will tell who can succumb to the pressure and raise to the occasion.
The host course, TPC Scottsdale, should need little introduction. Most notably recognized for the par 3, 16th hole, which is the only fully-enclosed stadium hole on the PGA Tour. With seating for 20,000 spectators, it's no surprise that it's known as the 'loudest hole in golf' and will undoubtedly test the nerves of even the most experienced players. Let's have a look at some of the players we feel will raise to the occasion this week...
Hideki Matsuyama - A horse for the course? We think so. Matsuyama is not only the defending champion, but has performed flawlessly in all three of his showings. Coming off a disappointing performance at the Farmer's, watch for Hideki to redeem himself this week.
Justin Thomas - Thomas couldn't have set the bar any higher so far in 2017, sweeping the Hawaiian swing and looking to keep his momentum. He's got to be on 'cloud 9' and that's the attitude he'll look to harness this week at TPC Scottsdale.
Jordan Spieth - Spieth remains one of the best in the game, and is gunning for his first win of the new season. He continues to be in contention week in and week out, consistently placing in the Top 10.
Adam Hadwin - The Canadian is playing some of the best golf of his career. Joining the very exclusive 59 club en route to a 2nd place finish at the CareerBuilder, Hadwin has strung together back to back Top 10 finishes and will undoubtedly be looking to keep that streak alive.
Jon Rahm - High on life after capturing his first PGA Tour victory at the Farmer's, 22 year old Rahm will be looking to build on his recent success. His only previous trip to the Waste Management was in 2015 where he finished a respectable T5.
Zach Johnson - Although his recent performances have been a little 'hit or miss', I think TPC Scottsdale is well suited for his game. He's had solid success here in the past, including top 15 finishes in his last two appearances.
Ricky Fowler - I like Ricky, and I think his personality is well suited for this type of high energy event. Loosing in a playoff to Matsuyama last year, I think Fowler will be gunning for revenge.
Ollie Schniederjans - Flying a little under the radar, Schniederjans has been consistent of late, making 3/3 cuts in his last outings including a T9 finish at last weeks Farmer's Insurance Open.
Ryan Moore - A consistent performer, which shows no signs of changing in 2017. His only start of the year landed him a T3 and I expect he'll come out swinging this week. Moore had a solid performance at last years Waste Management, stringing together four consistent rounds to finish T11.
Bubba Watson - Although Bubba has voiced his dislike for the course, that hasn't stopped him from dissecting it with top notch performances. I expect nothing less from him this week.
Will Wilcox - Following a wrist injury which has keep him from competition for the past 6 months, it's great to see him back in action this week. Wilcox finished T6 last year and really seems to enjoy playing the event.
And now a look at my Draftkings picks for the week.
My favorite part of these articles is undoubtedly the Draftkings/Fantasy Golf portion. Trying to figure out the best 'bang-for-your-buck' is always my goal and I think there's great value to be found in this weeks field. I tried to balance out each team with a couple historical favorites with a few good value picks. We'll see how they hold up...
Rickie Fowler - $9,500
Bubba Watson - $8,300
Ryan Moore - $8,600
Adam Hadwin - $7,800
Tony Finau - $7,600
Ollie Schniederjans - $7,500
Hideki Matsuyama - $11,700
Jon Rahm - $9,700
Zach Johnson - $8,100
Louis Oosthuizen - $6,900
Jim Herman - $6,600
Will Wilcox - $6,700