Matsuyama Tipped For Successive Phoenix Open Wins
- 31 Jan 2017
2017 Phoenix Open Betting Preview
The PGA Tour moves on to Arizona for the Phoenix Open this week and we've got four tips for Scottsdale, including the defending champion, Hideki Matsuyama, who has won four of his past nine starts worldwide...
- Hideki Matsuyama's results at the Phoenix Open read: 4-2-1
- Brendan Steele has recorded three top-six finishes at the Phoenix Open since 2012
|2nd February - 5th February||Odds||Won/Lost||Bet|
| Hideki Matsuyama (each way)
|@ 11 / 1|
|Ryan Moore (each way)||@ 28 / 1|
|Brendan Steele (each way)||@ 40 / 1|
|Pat Perez (each way)||@ 55 / 1|
It is Jordan Spieth who is the bookmakers' favourite (10/1 with Betfair) and he has been in good touch since winning the Australian Open, going 6-3-3 in his past three tournaments. The American tied 7th on his debut at Scottsdale in 2015 and he is joined towards the head of the market by the in-form Justin Thomas, who has won three of his past five starts.
Thomas secured back-to-back titles in Hawaii and he is a 12/1 shot in Arizona, where he tied for 17th in 2015, although it is Hideki Matsuyama who tops our shortlist.
Matsuyama's record in this tournament is quite superb as his three appearances have yielded finishes of 4-2-1 and the defending champion knows what it takes to win one of the most vociferously supported and attended tournaments on the tour. The Japanese star held his nerve to beat Rickie Fowler at the fourth extra hole of a play-off twelve months ago and those memories will serve him well as he bids to build on an electric recent run that has seen him win four times and secure three other top-fives in his last nine outings.
Yes, Matsuyama's form may have cooled in recent weeks but a return to a course that clearly suits should see the 11/1 shot back in contention.
Tip #1: Hideki Matsuyama (each way) @ 11/1 with Bet Victor.
Moore Of The Same From Ryan And Brendan
Meanwhile, Ryan Moore is another player with a decent record at this venue as he has racked up six top-20s in eight starts and the man who started 2017 with a tie for 3rd at Kapalua earlier this month looks decent value at 28/1.
Tip #2: Ryan Moore (each way) @ 28/1 with Bet Victor.
Likewise, Brendan Steele has course and recent form to call upon this week and he looks great value at 40/1. Steele has never missed a cut in Scottsdale, securing three top-six finishes since 2012, and he can build on a couple of top-ten finishes in three starts during 2017 (6-6-20).
Tip #3: Brendan Steele (each way) @ 40/1 with BetVictor.com.
Finally, there are plenty of players returning to Arizona this week as three-time Phoenix Open winner, Phil Mickelson, went to Arizona State University and he is priced 28/1. Jon Rahm (22/1) won eleven events while at Arizona State and the 22-year-old Spaniard will be full of confidence after securing his maiden PGA Tour win at the Farmers Insurance Open on Sunday, while it bodes well that he tied for 5th as an amateur at Scottsdale in 2015.
However, it can be so difficult to win back-to-back events and we prefer to side with another player with local knowledge. Pat Perez went to Arizona State and now resides in Scottsdale, where he has finished in the top-26 in five of his last seven appearances. Perez is yet to break the top-20 at the Phoenix Open but he is playing the best golf of his career at the moment and his victory at the OHL Classic to end 2016 has been followed by a fine start to 2017 that has seen him go 3-69-4 this year.
Tip #4: Pat Perez (each way) @ 55/1 with Bet 365.