Doc’s top-5 best bets – Phoenix Open

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2020 Phoenix Open Betting Preview and Tips
January 30th – February 2nd, 2020
TPC Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Arizona
Par: 71 / Yardage: 7,261
Purse: $7.3 million with $1,314,000 to the winner
Defending Champion: Rickie Fowler

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Jon Rahm is the bookies favourite at 6/1 after another runner-up finish at The Farmers last week. That’s two wins and two seconds in his last five starts. Never worse than 16th in four starts in Phoenix and has a best of T5 from 2015. Unbackable at those odds. Defending champ Rickie Fowler is listed at 16/1 after a missed cut last week but may tempt the big win only punters.

Doc’s Top-5 Each Way Bets

Branden Grace 55/1

Way overpriced so get on before this drops. Grace was solo second here last year and comes in off a win at the South Africa Open and a T17 in Abu Dhabi. There he went a cumulative -3 on the par-3’s, always a sign of a good iron game.

Bryson DeChambeau 28/1

Might be glad to be back in the relative security of the Tour that ignores slow play after being warned on the back nine Sunday in Dubai last week before promptly dropping four shots for a T8 finish. If travel induced tiredness isn’t a factor, DeChambeau has the stats to handle Phoenix and a T5 finish on his only appearance here in 2018.

Gary Woodland 28/1

Missed the cut last week at Torrey Pines and slips to 28/1 in the betting for Scottsdale.  That represents great each value for the 2018 Champion who came T7 in his defence last year. T7 at the Tournament of Champions to start of 2020 and 5th at the Zozo/ T3 at the CJ Cup to end 2019 and I’m giving Gary the benefit of the doubt to get up and running again this week.

Bubba Watson 33/1

Great to see Bubba show some form at Torrey Pines last week with a T6 finish and that was in large part due to a T2 clip in greens in regulation. That sets him up nicely for Phoenix where he has 5 top-10 finishes from 13 starts. T4 here last year, he’ll thrive on the crowds and can place.

Sungjae Im 33/1

Sungjae Im fell to T36 at The Farmers last week after a 71, 73 weekend but the 2019 “Rookie Of The Year” looks the real deal. The South Korean notched up seven top-10’s including a T7 here in Phoenix and surely a win is coming in 2020.

Long Odds Glory Shots

Brendan Steele 110/1 has four top-10’s from nine starts in Phoenix and finished solo second at the Sony Open a couple of weeks ago. What a sting this would be!

Chez Reavie 80/1 comes in off a pair of missed cuts but has a T4 and solo 2nd in Phoenix in his last two visits. When you love a place, confidence starts flowing, form goes out the window, and you perform.

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