Rickie Fowler Can Halt Hideki Matsuyama's Quest For A 'Three Peat' At The Phoenix Open

There is a stellar cast lining up for the Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona this week as the likes of Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler bid to stop Hideki Matsuyama winning the title for a third year running...

Thursday 1st February - 8.00pm OddsWon/LostBet
Phoenix Open    
Tips Rickie Fowler (each way) - T11    Best Bet @ 14 / 1  
Daniel Berger (each way) - T11 @ 40 / 1  
Webb Simpson (each way) - MC @ 40 / 1  
Ryan Palmer (each way) - MC @ 66 / 1  

A Three-Peat For Matsuyama?

Matsuyama has a quite ridiculous record at TPC Scottsdale as he has finished no worse than 4th in four visits, including back-to-back victories in 2016 and 2017. The Japanese star is 10/1 as he bids to become the first man to win three PGA Tour titles in a row since Steve Stricker won three successive John Deere Classics.

There is huge pressure on Matsuyama this week though and he faces a tough challenge, with Jordan Spieth actually the 9/1 favourite. Spieth has finished 7th and 9th in two visits to Scottsdale but there are question marks over whether he is long enough off the tee to contend.

The Stadium Course underwent a redesign in 2014 and the three renewals of the Phoenix Open since then have shown ball striking and consistently finding the greens are strong indicators of performance.

Which brings us to Rickie Fowler, who loves playing in Arizona as he has twice finished runner-up in this event (2010 and 2016) and he tied 4th twelve months ago. The American missed the cut at Torrey Pines last week but that should come as no surprise as he always struggles there and he also failed to make the weekend in that event in 2017.

Make no mistake, Fowler is in good form as he has finished in the top-ten in 10 of his past 16 starts worldwide, including his victory at the Hero World Challenge, and he opened 2018 with a tie for 4th at the Tournament of Champions.
Tip #1: Rickie Fowler (each way) @ 14/1 with Paddy Power - 1/5 odds on 7 places.

The Best Of The Rest

Jon Rahm (10/1) also deserves a mention after tying 5th as an amateur at Scottsdale in 2015 but the graduate of Arizona University did look as if his recent exploits were catching up with him when he faded to tie for 29th at the Farmers Insurance Open last time out.

Instead, we are going to side with Daniel Berger as he continues his search for a first top-ten finish since July. The 24-year-old has been a model of consistency lately though as he hasn't missed a cut since the USPGA Championship, securing successive top-fifteens in Hawaii at the start of the year, and he enjoys Scottsdale, where he has finished in the top-ten in both 2015 and 2017.
Tip #2: Daniel Berger (each way) @ 40/1 with Coral - 1/5 odds on 7 places.

Webb Simpson is someone who really enjoys playing the Phoenix Open as he is five-for-five in terms of cuts made since 2011, finishing no worse than tied 14th in the process, and he has a scoring average of 68.05 during that time. Last year's runner-up tied 4th in Hawaii recently and he could go close again in Arizona.
Tip #3: Webb Simpson (each way) @ 40/1 with Coral.

Finally, Ryan Palmer has three top-fifteen finishes to his name at Scottsdale, including a tie for 2nd in 2015, and it bodes well that he led last week's field for total driving at Torrey Pines, where he eventually lost out in a play-off.
Tip #4: Ryan Palmer (each way) @ 66/1 with Betfred - 1/5 odds on 6 places.

2018 Phoenix Open Odds

Posted: Tuesday, 30th January 2018
Author: Chris Knight

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