PGA TOUR – #BLSPicks Fantasy One and Done (WASTE MANAGEMENT PHOENIX OPEN)
WASTE MANAGEMENT PHOENIX OPEN
(TPC Scottsdale – Stadium Course, Scottsdale, Arizona)
If Matt Kuchar had not blown up on the final 3 holes of last Saturday’s 3rd round in the California Desert, R-O would have had back to wins in Fantasy Golf and at the Sports Book. Kuchar played those holes in 2-over-par and also failed to birdie 18 on Sunday which would have gotten him into a playoff with the eventual winner Bill Haas. As a result, R-O settled for a tie for 2nd, while Fox also had a solid pick with Patrick Reed – until Reed couldn’t shoot a low number in the final round. Our experts will not complain about made cuts and stacking up some money in the bank this early in the season.
With the sports world converging on Phoenix for the Super Bowl on Sunday, this year’s Waste Management Phoenix Open will be played on a grand stage…at least for the first 3 rounds of the tournament. Record crowds are expected, despite the chance of rain in the forecast for Friday and Saturday. TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course co-creator Tom Weiskopf returned to the course last fall to do a quick renovation, which included adding strategic bunkering, over 250 trees and Bermudagrass on all 18 greens. The track has also been lengthened by 114 yards since last year’s tournament, but as always we expect the scores to be low in North Scottsdale. The challenge for players this week will be to keep their focus with all the hoopla that will be going on at the course and around town. Hitting the Super Bowl and golf parties at night probably won’t lead to a victory at the best regular season stop on the PGA Tour. Oh, and did we forget to mention that Eldrick will be making his season debut and a return to the Phoenix Open for the first time in 14 years? It should be a complete circus. R-O and FOX have been known to tear it up in person at the Waste Management Open, but with the entire universe heading to Phoenix – they’ll just leave you with their picks this week.
R-O‘s Pick — Phil Mickelson – (21-1)
I got to think Phil Mickelson is going to show up this week with all the celebrities that will be in his town for the Super Bowl. The crowd favorite loves the big stage and would love more than anything to bring home another Phoenix title with all the stars watching. The former Sun Devil should be aware of the changes to the course as much as anyone, being that he is actually assisting the Arizona State Golf Team this season and has probably snuck out for a couple of rounds at the Stadium Course over the winter break. Mickelson seemed to find his game in the final 3 rounds last week in La Quinta and I’d be shocked if we wasn’t in the mix on the back nine come Sunday.
FOX‘s Pick — J.B. Holmes – (97-1)
Bombs, bombs and more bombs. J.B. Holmes is loonnnggg off the tee, which is paramount at TPC Scottsdale. He also happens to be the 2nd all-time money winner at the tournament, behind one Phil Mickelson. Two of his 3 career wins are also on this track, including a 7 stroke annihilation of the field in his 2006 FBR Open win. Golf bettors have laid off Holmes for quite a while now considering the strange medical stuff he had going on in 2013, but he honestly had a nice bounce back in ’14 with a win and 9 top 25’s. He’s played frequently in this young season and made 3 of 4 cuts. I can’t wait for Holmes to eagle a few par 5’s and putt well enough to contend. I also leaned Bubba Watson, but he’s such a douche that I only use him if I absolutely have to.
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Finish: T-2nd ($342,000)
Fantasy Season Standing: 8th
Finish: T-24th ($46,170)
Fantasy Season Standing: 25th
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