The most unique event on the PGA Tour schedule, the Waste Management Phoenix Open will be played in front of a raucous, crazed crowd in an astonishingly brilliant atmosphere for golf.
Justin Thomas looks to be returning to his best form and on a course he has thrived on, he gets a wonderful opportunity to post his first win since his 2022 PGA Championship success nearly two years back. Thomas has posted five straight Top 12 finishes and on a ball striker’s course he has three top four finishes in his last six starts. Leads the Tour in Ball Striking and Strokes Gained: Tee To Green.
US Open winner Wyndham Clark could not have been luckier last week when claiming the Pebble Beach Pro Am by shooting an incredible 60 but then seeing the final round washed out to win by a stroke. He tends to hold his form though and this is a nice setup with Clark ranking 2nd in Par 4 Scoring, 2nd in Birdie or Better, 6th in GIR and 7th in Ball Striking.
The key to Kitayama’s chances here are his form on the top correlation course – Bay Hill. Kitayama won the Arnold Palmer Invitational last year. Ranks Top 15 in Proximity and Strokes Gained: Tee To Green. Finished Top 40 in his last four starts.
Longshot Carl Yuan can mix his form but he does have three Top 6 finishes in his last PGA Tour events so that cannot be ignored. Ranks Top 11 in Driving Distance, Proximity, Strokes Gained: Tee To Green and Par 4 Scoring. Huge price. A great Top 20 bet.