(Courtesy: Golf Week)

Greetings, friends and degenerates! It’s time for the year’s biggest party on the PGA Tour — the Waste Management Phoenix Open. It’s not Vegas, but it will get wild — and you’ll still have the chance to go home with more money than you showed up with. If you heed my advice…

After two weeks in California, the Tour’s best head to Scottsdale for a week before returning to the Golden State. Like two weeks ago in Palm Springs, you can expect a shootout in the desert.

Each of the last two years, Hideki Matsuyama has been the champion. In fact, the Waste Management seems to have a lot of familiar faces at the top of the charts every year. It truly is a course for horses.

So — which thoroughbreds have the best chance to cash in this week at TPC Scottsdale? You’ll have to keep reading!

Here’s a look at the can’t-miss, no-doubt, sure-fire, mortal locks for the Waste Management Phoenix Open:

Waste Management Phoenix Open
TPC Scottsdale – Scottsdale, Arizona
February 1 – 4, 2018

ODDS to Win:
Jordan Spieth 8/1
Hideki Matsuyama 9/1
Jon Rahm 10/1
Rickie Fowler 12/1
Justin Thomas 15/1
Marc Leishman 25/1
Tony Finau 30/1
Daniel Berger 30/1
Alex Noren 40/1
J.B. Holmes 40/1
Gary Woodland 50/1
Matt Kuchar 40/1
Zach Johnson 40/1
Webb Simpson 30/1
Phil Mickelson 50/1
Patrick Reed 50/1
Patton Kizzire 50/1
Austin Cook 50/1
Francesco Molinari 50/1
Brendan Steele 50/1
Ryan Palmer 50/1
Byeong Hun An 50/1
Harris English 50/1
Keegan Bradley 60/1
Kevin Chappell 50/1
Charley Hoffman 60/1
Cameron Smith 60/1
Shane Lowry 60/1
Scott Piercy 60/1
Ryan Moore 60/1
Kyle Stanley 60/1
Chez Reavie 60/1
Bud Cauley 60/1
J.J. Spaun 60/1
Adam Hadwin 60/1
Brandt Snedeker 80/1
Bubba Watson 80/1
Xander Schauffele 80/1
Ollie Schniederjans 80/1
Russell Knox 80/1
Russell Henley 80/1
Emiliano Grillo 80/1
Beau Hossler 80/1
Peter Uihlein 100/1
Chesson Hadley 100/1
Luke List 100/1
Brandon Harkins 100/1
Jason Kokrak 100/1
Ian Poulter 100/1
Kevin Na 100/1
Julian Suri 100/1
Si Woo Kim 100/1
Bill Haas 100/1
James Hahn 100/1
Lucas Glover 100/1
Kevin Streelman 100/1
Bryson DeChambeau 125/1
Hudson Swafford 125/1
Grayson Murray 125/1
Billy Horschel 125/1
C.T. Pan 125/1
Chris Kirk 125/1
Jamie Lovemark 125/1
John Huh 125/1
William McGirt 125/1
Brian Stuard 125/1
Martin Laird 125/1
Wesley Bryan 150/1
Andrew Landry 150/1
Ben Martin 150/1
Anirban Lahiri 150/1
Steve Stricker 150/1
Michael Kim 150/1
Ryan Armour 150/1
Danny Lee 200/1
Patrick Rodgers 200/1
Nick Taylor 200/1
Nick Watney 200/1
Hunter Mahan 200/1
Field (all others) 11/1

Mortal Locks: 

Hideki Matsuyama — This is arguably the most obvious, easy choice in the history of golf betting. I know I saw it every week — don’t count on a guy to go back to back, blah blah blah. That said, Hideki Matsuyama at TPC Scottsdale is as sure a thing as there is. Four starts, two wins, a T-4 and a runner-up finish? Duh. He may not win, but the track record is just too good to ignore. Hell, at 9/1, he’s not even the favorite. Don’t pull any punches here. Make it worth your while.

Justin Thomas — It may come as a shock to you, but Justin Thomas has a very uninspiring track record at TPC Scottsdale. I know, it’s not a huge sample size — and that’s precisely why I’m taking a chance on him this week. JT has proven he’s one of the most capable guys on Tour when it comes to going realllll low. This week, it’s going to be a shootout — and Thomas is certainly someone you want in that kind of event. At 15/1, you’re getting a pretty solid return on your investment should he come through with the “W.”

Bang for Your Buck: 

Alex Noren — A week after putting himself on the map on the PGA Tour, I think Alex Noren gets it done in the desert this week. Noren, who has been tearing it up on the European Tour for a while, has blossomed into one of the best players in the world. Currently ranked No. 19 in the Official World Golf Rankings, Noren is playing with the confidence necessary to win and win now. At 40/1, this is like stealing.

Billy Horschel — The biggest risk I’m taking this week is on Billy Horschel. The more research I did this week, the more my eyes kept finding his name on the list. Looking into it, Horschel has been doing what he normally does before winning — being wildly inconsistent — so a big week could be on the horizon. At 125/1, you don’t need a big investment here. Just take a flyer — a good week for Horschel could end up being a great week for you.

Fun Under $5 

Hunter Mahan — Where have you gone, Hunter Mahan? A nation turns it’s lonely eyes to you — woo woo woo. Mahan, a former Ryder Cup star and 6-time winner on Tour hasn’t won since 2014 at the Barclays. That said, he’s beginning to rumble. Like a dormant volcano beginning to shake, Mahan has shown signs of (finally) errupting again. He struggled on the weekend at the Farmers, but heads to a track where he’s won (2010) in the past. At 200/1, I’m throwing my spare change his was this week.

There you have it, friends and degenerates! Now, if you’ll excuse me I’ve got to go pester Karen Gillan on Twitter until she responds to my advances. I may not be a Saudi prince, but that doesn’t mean I’m not loaded.

Until next time, go and choose wisely...

-Golfstradamus.

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