Course Preview – TPC Scottsdale

Attending the Waste Management Phoenix Open is a bucket list item that will happen in the next few years.  This is an absolute party down in Scottsdale.  The iconic 16th hole Par 3 is enclosed entirely by grandstands.  Last year we saw Rahm rep an Arizona State jersey on the hole. The tournament brings out nearly half a million spectators, the most on tour. For all your course history truthers out there, Lasik Mats has won back to back here so it will be interesting if he can three-peat to go along with a 2nd place and 4th place finish the years before.

Previous Winners

2017: Hideki Matsuyama -17
2016: Hideki Matsuyama -14
2015: Brooks Koepka -15
2014: Kevin Stadley -16
2013: Phil Mickelson -28

Course

TPC Scottsdale – Par 71 – 7,250 Yards

TPC Scottsdale has seen a mix of longer and shorter hitters that have succeeded here.  There are only 3 par 5’s on the course with it being a Par 71.  The Par 5’s are all reachable by most and will need your players to score on them.  The 17th is a reachable 332 yard Par 4 that plays significantly under par.  However, the other par 4’s are where strokes can be lost as 7 of them have an average score over par.  On these courses where the Par 5’s are reachable by most, you want the players that excel on the Par 4’s and can set themselves apart from the players that are losing strokes on them.  The fairways are fairly easy to hit and the greens are relatively average in size according to Future of Fantasy (he has fantastic stats if you haven’t checked him out).  The greens are Bermuda grass so we can try to gain an edge on the players that excel on these greens.

Key Stats Ranked

  1. SG:T2G
  2. SG: App
  3. GIR%
  4. BoB%
  5. Scrambling
  6. SG:OTT
  7. Good Drive %

Weather

Well we couldn’t ask for a better week of weather for the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Each day will have highs around 80 degrees and no wind to worry about. Enjoy the coverage this weekend in the desert with blue skies.

 

 


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