Expert Picks: Waste Management Phoenix OpenJanuary 29, 2013
The PGA TOUR travels to Arizona this week for the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Here's how the PGATOUR.COM experts sized up the top contenders at TPC Scottsdale:
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How it works: Our experts from PGATOUR.COM select the player they think will win this week's event by using a draft process (no two picks can be the same). The player who wins the previous week picks last the following week.
WM PHOENIX: Field | Power Rankings | Sleeper Picks | Wild Card | First Look | Turf Talk Expert Picks: Waste Management Phoenix Open Expert Pick Order Player Selected Mike McAllister BRANDT SNEDEKER: Ranked first in strokes-gained putting last year, so it's a little worrisome that he was 62nd in the field at Humana and 59th last week. But tee to green, he's playing well, and hopefully he returns to form with the putter. Ryan Smithson HUNTER MAHAN: It's tough to pick for TPC Scottsdale, but the 2010 winner here is playing some good golf; he was par or better every round at Torrey Pines, which was no small feat. Mahan is always at his best early in the year.
If Smithson had the top pick ... Mahan
Amanda Balionis RICKIE FOWLER: After an opening 77 at Torrey Pines, Fowler was 13 under over the next three days -- 6-under for the weekend on the South Course. Fowler has three straight top-30 finishes here including his 2010 runner-up.
If Balionis had the top pick ... Fowler
John Schwarb BO VAN PELT: Finished T8 in the desert last year while tying for first in greens in regulation. Still hard to believe he didn't squeeze out a win in 2012; it shouldn't be long until he gets on the board in 2013.
If Schwarb had the top pick ... Van Pelt
Bill Cooney JASON DUFNER: As steady as they come with 22 consecutive cuts made -- currently the best streak on TOUR. He's also had two consecutive top 10s in the past two seasons here -- including a runner-up in 2011.
If Cooney had the top pick ... Snedeker
Helen Ross CHARLES HOWELL IIIWith three top-10 finishes in as many starts this season, Howell is off to a stellar start. Look for another strong week from the current FedExCup No. 6, who has five top 25s at TPC Scottsdale.
If Ross had the top pick ... Snedeker
John Swantek JASON DAY: Opened the year comfortable in his new adizero shoes and carded a closing 66 to slide into a tie for ninth. Day doesn't have a long history at TPC Scottsdale but I like him here in his second event of 2013.
If Swantek had the top pick ... Snedeker
Chris Dunham BUBBA WATSON: Missed last week (illness) but is feeling better and already soliciting ideas for what he will do on No. 16. Watson is 29 under here the last three years. Could finish eagle-birdie-eagle-birdie on this track any day, which is quite useful.
If Dunham had the top pick ... Dufner
Brian Wacker NICK WATNEY: He's finished fourth and 13th in his two starts this year, looks comfortable with his new Nike equipment and perhaps most importantly, players have had success the week after Chris Dunham picked them in the past.
If Wacker had the top pick ... Watson
Anne Szeker VIJAY SINGH: He'll turn 50 next month but is hardly slowing down. Singh has finished inside the top 30 in his first two starts this season. He also has good history at TPC Scottsdale, including a T3 in 2011.
If Szeker had the top pick ... Snedeker