30th Jan 2018 | Phoenix Open
Phoenix Open Golf Trends
There are numerous ways to win at TPC Scottsdale; we look at the most successful trends of the past ten years.
The PGA Tour travels to Arizona this week for one of the most popular tournaments on the circuit. The four-day attendance regularly tops 500,000 creating a unique atmosphere at the event.
TPC Scottsdale provides the venue for the Waste Management Phoenix Open, an iconic venue for many golf fans. The par-3 16th generates a raucous atmosphere and the modern day amphitheatre can be a daunting arena for golfers not used to cheers or boos after their shots.
Let’s look at the previous eleven winners to see if they offer any clues:
Top-70 for par-5 scoring average
The three par-5s all average around the 550-yard mark and all are reachable in two. Ten of the last eleven winners ranked inside the top-70 for par-5 scoring average.
Top-70 for rough proximity
A slightly spurious trend because missing fairways brings desert into play not just rough. Nevertheless, eight of the last eleven winners ranked in the top-70 for approach shot accuracy when playing from the rough.
Top-70 for all-around ranking
A solid all-round game is desirable. Nine of the last eleven winners ranked inside the top-70 for the PGA Tour’s all-around ranking.
Top-70 for strokes gained tee-to-green
TPC Scottsdale has always been a ball-striker’s course and Tom Weiskopf’s renovations have furthered their cause. Ten of the last eleven winners ranked inside the top-70 in strokes gained tee-to-green.
Players that fit all three trends:
Tyrone Van Aswegen
Odds correct at time of publishing: 19:13 30th Jan, 2018 but subject to change