TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course in Arizona hosts this week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open. The field includes six of the top-nine golfers in the Golfweek/Sagarin world rankings. Below, we look at the fantasy golf power rankings and odds for the 2021 Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Fantasy Golf Top 30
30. Brendan Steele (+8000)
Was off last week for the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego following a T-21 finish at the American Express. He gained 1.29 strokes per round from tee-to-green in a T-4 finish at the Sony Open in Hawaii.
29. Si Woo Kim (+6600)
Followed up his victory at the American Express with a missed cut last week. He’s hitting his irons very well and TPC Scottsdale offers the type of risk-reward opportunities where he often succeeds.
28. Byeong Hun An (+10000)
Putting continues to hold him back and he lost another 2.84 strokes per round with the flat stick last week in a T-75 finish. His irons are dialed in, and he should leave himself some shorter putts on the Stadium Course’s relatively unguarded greens.
27. Henrik Norlander (+10000)
One of five co-runner-ups last week while ranking second among those who made the cut in SG: Tee-to-Green.
26. Sebastian Munoz (+10000)
Makes his 2021 debut on the mainland following a T-17 at the Sentry Tournament of Champions and a T-65 at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Debuted in this event with a T-47 finish last year.
25. Sam Burns (+8000)
Tied for 18th last week following a missed cut at the American Express. He’s averaging 0.93 SG: Off-the-Tee per round through 18 measured rounds on the season and fits TPC Scottsdale’s bomber profile.
24. Billy Horschel (+5000)
Has plenty of experience here with 1.20 strokes gained on the field over 30 career rounds on the Stadium Course. He tied for ninth last year but leaned a little too heavily on his putter.
23. Brooks Koepka (+5000)
Three straight missed cuts for the former world No. 1 and four-time major champion. He won this event in 2015 but finished outside the top 40 each of the next two years and hasn’t played since 2017.
22. Louis Oosthuizen (+5000)
Playing here for the first time since a third-place finish in 2017. He was fifth in the field with 2.40 SG: Tee-to-Green that year.
21. Brian Harman (+6600)
Twenty-six career rounds played at TPC Scottsdale but with an average of just 0.31 strokes gained on the field per round. He’s 24th in the Golfweek rankings and is 14th in the field by that measure.
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20. Russell Henley (+6600)
Strung together four top-10 finishes over a six-event stretch from mid-August to late October last year. Began 2021 with a T-11 at the Sony Open but missed the cut at the American Express before taking last week off.
19. Cameron Champ (+8000)
Averaging 0.79 SG: Off-the-Tee per round. He gained 1.75 strokes off-the-tee last week but lost a dreadful 4.72 per round with the putter en route to a missed cut.
18. Corey Conners (+6600)
An expert ball-striker who gained 1.04 strokes per round off-the-tee in this event last year but lost 0.79 strokes per round on the greens. His putting has been much improved through his first 24 rounds of the 2020-21 Tour season.
17. Jason Day (+6600)
Missed the cut last week with an uncharacteristically poor putting performance. He was still strong off-the-tee.
16. Carlos Ortiz (+6600)
Was in contention last week for his second win of the 2020-21 season until a final round of plus-6, 78. He tied for 25th last year for his best result in four tries.
15. Matthew Wolff (+6000)
Will be a risky play this week after citing a hand injury for his withdrawal following an opening-round 78 last week. Missed the cut last year but gained 1.24 strokes per round off-the-tee over 36 holes.
14. Gary Woodland (+5500)
The 2018 champion is coming off a T-48 finish at the Farmers Insurance Open in which he lost a staggering 1.46 strokes per round off-the-tee. He’ll need to be much better than that this week, but he usually is.
13. Bubba Watson (+5000)
Has been excellent in all ball-striking categories early in the 2020-21 season. Through 13 measured rounds, he’s averaging 2.63 SG: Tee-to-Green and 1.11 SG: Off-the-Tee. Only one golfer in the field has more rounds played here than his 52.
12. Will Zalatoris (+4500)
Up to 12th in the Golfweek world rankings following another top-10 finish last week. His iron play is well-suited for this week’s venue, as it was for Torrey Pines and Winged Foot.
11. Scottie Scheffler (+4500)
The reigning PGA Tour Rookie of the Year missed the cut in both the Farmers Insurance Open and the American Express following a T-13 in the Tournament of Champions. He debuted with a missed cut here last year, but he gained 1.00 strokes per round off-the-tee.
10. Ryan Palmer (+4500)
One of last week’s co-runner-ups with 2.61 SG: Putting per round. A poor performance with the flat stick caused him to miss the cut last year, as he gained strokes off-the-tee and from tee-to-green.
9. Harris English (+3000)
Hasn’t finished in the top 10 here since a third-place finish in 2016. He missed the cut last week with 4.07 strokes lost per round from tee-to-green three weeks removed from his Tournament of Champions victory.
8. Sungjae Im (+3300)
Struggling to string together a complete four rounds following a T-5 at the Tournament of Champions. Tied for 34th last year and won The Honda Classic just four weeks later.
7. Hideki Matsuyama (+2500)
Won here twice during a dominant stretch spanning 2016 and 2017. He withdrew in 2018 due to injury but finished T-15 in 2019 and T-16 last year.
6. Daniel Berger (+2200)
Three top-10 finishes in six appearances in this event, including a T-9 early in his resurgent 2020 campaign. He relied on his putting last year, but he’s also a premier ball-striker.
5. Xander Schauffele (+1100)
Three appearances here with no finish worse than his T-17 in 2018. He shared second place last week with 2.06 SG: Tee-to-Green per round.
4. Webb Simpson (+1600)
The defending champ hasn’t played since tying for fourth at the Sony Open. He followed the same schedule last year with a third-place finish in Hawaii.
3. Justin Thomas (+800)
Returns to the USA following a missed cut at the European Tour’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on the heels of a third-place finish at the Tournament of Champions. He finished third in Phoenix each of the last two years.
2. Jon Rahm (+650)
No. 3 in the Golfweek rankings following a T-7 result last week. Three top-10 finishes in five career appearances at TPC Scottsdale.
1. Rory McIlroy (+1100)
No. 1 in the field and No. 2 on Tour in SG: Off-the-Tee through 18 measured rounds on the 2020-21 season. He makes his debut at this event, but he’s a natural fit for the desert-style course.
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