The 2010 Phoenix Open officially got me addicted to betting on the PGA tour. Last year I picked Hunter Mahan +6000, who beat out Y.E. Yang and Rickie Fowler on Sunday to win. It was an intense day, I remember screaming at the TV on every shot and putt as Hunter came back from 4 down. To remind everyone the Phoenix Open is played at the TPC Scottsdale a Tom Weiskopf’ course. The Stadium hole is football style stadium with a crowd more into heckling the players, shooting jager bombs and streaking. It’s always during Super Bowl Weekend and it attracts a party atmosphere and plenty of tail from U of A and ASU. It’s a solid golf tournament to watch too.
I’ve spent part of the last day or so researching the 2011 Phoenix Open field. My Guy is offering nearly 50 players it’s almost too much to focus on, I want to bet 10 players. One guy who I will bet is an absolute shocker. As loose as the event may seem the course does play pretty tough. Hole 16 is a party for the spectators, but it actually doesn’t allow for low scoring. A guarded hole with a sloped green. Everyone thinks the players buckle with all the pressure, instead the green requires you to be accurate. My favorite hole after the 16th is hole 17. It’s a 332 yard par 4 that you can drive, a lot of players gun for eagle here it gives players hope to make a move late in the round. The conditions are going to be shit the first two days, 30s and windy, it’s anyones to win. After much deliberation I am gonna roll with these guys.
Geoff Oglivy +2500 – Lot’s of buzz around Oglivy this weekend as he makes his first start. He had a terrble year last year, but had a 2nd at the Deutsche Bank in the FedEx Cup playoffs. He’s the lowest odds of any player I’m taking, I’m on a bunch of sleepers this week.
Fredrick Jacobson +5000 – He has played well in the first three events this year, finishing in the top 35 in all four. Jacobson has a top 10 at the TPC.
Jeff Overton +5500 – I was high on Overton last year during the FedEx cup, but he couldn’t win one. He made the Ryder Cup so he has plenty new experience from 2010. What he lacks in accuracy off the tee he makes up for when he scrambles. Overton is the best on the Tour from 125 yards in which results in the high amount of Eagles (ranked 3rd) this year. He came in 24th last year and had another six 10 tens and three 2nds.
Y.E. Yang +5500 – The Tiger slayer and former US Open champ was a duck hook in the drink away from beating Mahan last year, finished 3rd.
Andres Romero +8500 – Continuing my selection of wicked long shots. Romero finished 14th last year at the WM Open and shot in the 60s all four rounds.
Aarron Baddley +10,000 – Yes he’s plus 10 grand and I can’t pass this up. The promising career for the Aussie-American from Lebanon New Hampshire regressed last year. He had a horrible 2010. Baddeley has two career win and one in at the TPC Scottsdale. Too high of odds to pass on a past winner, if he wins I’ll buy bigrips.com.