Golf tips: Our trader’s 4 best bets for Waste Management Phoenix Open

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Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler he’s been quiet of late but he’s starting to show signs that he’s coming back to some of the levels of form he was showing in the past.

He was 53rd last week at the Farmers Insurance Open which doesn’t look like much, but dig a little bit deeper into his stats and he ranked sixth in shots gained off the tee, 16th in strokes gained from tee to green and that followed up from a really good long-game performance at the American Express two weeks previously. He was third in strokes gained off the tee there and fourth in strokes gained from tee to green.

Now he’s showing real signs that he’s coming back to life For the past six to nine months his long game has been really, really poor and that’s been the main source of his struggles. But that looks to be coming back and he’s coming to a course in TPC Scottsdale where he’s had real success in the past.

In the last five years, he’s had three top four finishes here including a playoff defeat in 2016 and a win in 2019. His game has really improved and obviously coming to a course that he loves I think he could have a really big performance this week.

 

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Russell Henley

Russell Henley will relish conditions here. In the two years previous to the restart after lockdown he hasn’t been in much form at all but statistically he is one the best players in the last six to nine months. His approach play in that spell has been really, really impressive and he started the year with a good 11th-place finish at the Sony Open.

He missed the cut at the American express, but I can forgive him that and we’ll probably get a much bigger price than we should really this week. Scottsdale rewards really strong iron play and this test should be right up Henley’s street.

During his last four appearances here he’s has four top-20 finishes, which shows a liking for the course. He ranks really highly in every key attribute needed to contend here, and I think he is a really big price and I am confident he can outplay his odds.

Brendan Steele

Brendan Steele started the year really well, getting a fourth place finish at the Sony Open. He had the tournament in his grasp but let it slip away. He followed that up with a good 21st at the American Express, and his long game looked in really good order again then. He was 11th in strokes gained from tee to green, sixth in strokes gained on approach and he’s coming to a course that he really likes.

He’s had 10 appearances and those have yielded four top-six finishes. He’s a three-figure price and I think he could really outplay those odds this week.

 

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Chez Reavie

Chez Reavie likes the surroundings here, and I’m taking a chance on his home course this week. It’s been reported over the last couple years that he has shot a couple of 59s and a 60 in practice – practice is one thing, but he’s backed that up with finishes in competitions here with a playoff defeat to Gary Woodland in 2018 and a fourth place last year.

He has been practicing in the off-season with Paul Casey and Jon Rahm in Arizona. Casey won last week in Dubai so I’m hoping Reavie can go close to victory.

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Waste Management Phoenix Open bet summary

Rickie Fowler
Russell Henley
Brendan Steele
Chez Reavie

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