Phoenix Open Preview: Look No Further than Matsuyama
Phoenix Open Preview: Look No Further than Matsuyama

This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.

The PGA Tour leaves the comfy confines of La Jolla this week and travels to the frat party known as the Phoenix Open. Unfortunately, most of the high-end talent that played the Farmers will not be present this week, but there's still plenty to get excited about. If nothing else, the scene on the 17th hole is must-see TV, even if the guys who are "only golfers" are playing half a world away.

This week:
Phoenix Open - TPC Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Last Year:
Gary Woodland shot a final-round 64 on his way to a playoff victory over Chez Reavie.

FAVORITES

Jon Rahm (7-1)

Rahm was the betting favorite last week, took the 18-hole lead and hung around until mid-round Sunday, but he never seriously threatened eventual winner Justin Rose. Rahm has three starts here, and his worst finish was a T16 in 2017. His form has also been good lately, which means he should again be in the mix come Sunday. Should he be the favorite? No, but I'll get to that in a bit.

Justin Thomas (9-1)

We've yet to see J.T. at his best this season, but we know he's always just one shot away from turning on the after-burners, and when he's at his best few can keep up with him. That said, it's a little curious that he's the second favorite this week as he's missed the cut in two of his four starts here and has never cracked the top 10. Anytime Thomas tees

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Greg Vara
Vara is the lead golf writer at RotoWire. He was named the 2013 FSWA Golf Writer of the Year. In addition to producing the weekly preview and the bulk of the draft kit content, Vara participates in Yahoo!'s "Experts Picks" where he routinely dominates. He also picks college football games against the spread in his "College Capper" article.
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