I say it every year, but the WMPO is a fantastic appetizer for the Super Bowl. It’ll be nice to see 5,000 fans per day at TPC Scottsdale as we begin to return to some normalcy on TOUR. A tremendous field is set for the week, and plenty of great wagering opportunities are present for us to enjoy before we bet on a coin being tossed in Tampa Bay. Take a look and see who my money is on this week in Phoenix!
Daniel Berger ($25 to win $500): One of my first clicks on Monday, like Daniel Berger, this week. I feel like he still wants to be recognized with the biggest names in golf. A win here Sunday, and he’ll be talked about more for MAJORS.
Bubba Watson ($25 to win $875): Yep, get ready to see BUBBA WATSON’s name littered throughout this article….I hope he can recycle his past success here and bag a trophy Sunday.
Brooks Koepka ($25 to win $875): His form isn’t great, but this number is….Not many more times, we’ll see numbers like this for the MAJOR slayer. I look for BK to contend this weekend.
Gary Woodland ($25 to win $1,000): Gotta love the story with Gary and Amy Bockerstette…The Golf Gods help him last Sunday at Scottsdale.
Bubba Watson ($25 to win $75): I’ve got BUBBA everywhere this week….Not a significant number here, but his CH is too good to ignore.
Ryan Palmer ($25 to win $88): He’s playing great and ranks high in all the models. The guy can’t win, so might as well grab a TOP 10
Matt Kuchar ($25 to win $138): He loves the desert, and CH here is good. It’s not much recent form to go off, so it’s a little tough to pull the trigger here, but I’m in on KUCH.
Max Homa ($25 to win $138): A home game for HOMA, and his game is rounding into form. Easy play for me this week.
Benny An ($25 to win $175): His form is solid, and CH is nice. Benny An for a TOP 10 easy!!!
Head 2 Head:
GARY WOODLAND ($50 to win $58) vs. Rickie Fowler: I like Woodland to contend this week, so this play makes a lot of sense. Rickie likes the place for sure, but I’m not sold on backing him yet!
BUBBA WATSON ($63 to win $50) vs. Jason Day: It’s a BUBBA week, and man, it’s a tilting event before we tee it up. J Day looked lost last week, and he could always have a back issue if he gets off to a rough start. Gimmie the guy who is #1 in my model for WMPO.
MAX HOMA ($60 to win $50) vs. Adam Long: Like where HOMA’s game is headed. Good enough for me to pull the trigger.
First Round Leader (FRL):
$100 in play and love this group….Guys who can take it deep, but we don’t need to worry about them after Thursday.
I took the last two weeks off after hitting Kokrak at SONY, looking forward to seeing how these FRL plays pan out.
Brendan Steele ($25 to win $1,125) Love this play as Steele has some excellent success here, mostly when he was on top of his game. 2 straight missed cuts here, but he’s a much better player now. Don’t be surprised to see a 63 out of BS Thursday.
Sebastian Munoz ($25 to win $1,250) Mentioned at TOC that Munoz is nearly an auto FRL play. I’m on him here!
Keegan Bradley ($25 to win $1,250) Another guy who likes to go low Thursday then toy with the CUT LINE come Friday afternoon. His ball-striking stats lend to him going low soon. These flatter greens can certainly help him here!
Henrik Norlander ($25 to win $1,250) Had a nice week in San Diego and typically gets hot for a few weeks at a time. Let’s hope he catches fire starting Thursday.
I hope you’ve been able to tail the plays to start to 2021 as we are up to $2,073 after TOC, SONY, AmEx, and Farmers. Harris English began the year with a W at Tournament of Champions, Jason Kokrak got us a 3-way chop for FRL at SONY, and Si Woo Kim brought us a nice payday of $1,375 at AmEx. After a wash in San Diego, we look forward to getting back to winning some cash!
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