Golf Rankings for Waste Management Phoenix Open
The Stadium Course at TPC of Scottsdale hosts the Waste Management Phoenix Open, among top events on Tour in terms of attendance. The 16th hole is an easy par-3 for those that don't get psyched out. It is among the most popular holes in the game, and one of the only holes that is fully enclosed, due to the unique stadium seating and party atmosphere that ensues.
Brandt Snedeker [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #23
A stunning collapse by Kyle Stanley allowed Snedeker to capture last week's Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, giving him a pair of top-10 finishes in each of his two starts this year. Snedeker finished a career best T8 at Scottsdale last year and has everything going for him right now. So far, he ranks second in scoring average, third in birdie average and sixth in All-Around Ranking.
Bill Haas [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #42
Last year at Scottsdale, Haas entered Sunday in third place but an ugly 5-over round of 76 dropped him to T29. In three starts this year, he ranks fifth in greens in regulation percentage and finished a season-high T4 in the Farmers Insurance Open. The defending FedExCup Champion finished T9 on this course in 2008 and should challenge for a similar result once again.
The early portion of the schedule has been great for Wilson over the last two years. Wilson won this event last year -- his third top-15 at Scottsdale in four career starts -- and is coming off a victory at the Humana Challenge. Wilson currently ranks fourth in greens in regulation percentage, seventh in driving accuracy percentage and 16th in All-Around Ranking.
Webb Simpson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #70
Last year Simpson recorded the first of a dozen top-10s in his breakout 2011 campaign at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. While he finished T3 in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Simpson finished with a disappointing T38 in the Sony Open. The defending leader in All-Around Ranking figures to bounce back very quickly on a course where he finished T2 in greens hit last year.
Nick Watney [Yahoo Class C] - Not Entered
After climbing to T12 in last week's Farmers Insurance Open, Watney struggled mightily during the weekend, tumbling to a T60 finish. At Scottsdale in 2011, he finished a career-best T5 -- giving him three straight top-25s at the site. Watney finished fifth in birdie average, scoring average and All-Around Ranking last year, so a quick turnaround should be order.
Rickie Fowler [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #10
With a runner-up performance at Scottsdale in 2010 and a T13 last year, Fowler appears to have this course nailed down. He made his season debut last week in the Farmers Insurance Open and finished T13. Last year, Fowler ranked sixth in birdie average and 17th in All-Around Ranking.
Johnson Wagner [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #162
While Wagner has done nothing of note at Scottsdale, he’s been a house of fire this season. He opened with a T9 at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, won the Sony Open and finished with a share of second at the Humana Challenge. Wagner ranks fourth in strokes gained – putting, fifth in scoring average, 11th in birdie average and 18th in All-Around Ranking.
Martin Laird [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #148
After missing two straight cuts at Scottsdale, Laird finished T3 last year. The native of Scotland is off to a hot start this season with a runner-up performance at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and a T14 at the Humana Challenge. Laird is currently first in greens in regulation percentage, second in birdie average, and 13th in All-Around Ranking.
Matt Kuchar [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #17
After finishing T6 at Scottsdale in 2009, Kuchar finished T43 the following year and skipped the event in 2011. Kuchar's debut this season came at the Humana Challenge, where he finished T22 after firing a 7-under round of 65 on Sunday. Last year, Kuchar ranked fourth in scoring average and sixth in All-Around Ranking.
Phil Mickelson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #15
It has been a rough start to 2012 for Mickelson. After finishing T49 in the Humana Challenge, Lefty missed the cut in last week's Farmers Insurance Open. Mickelson won this event in 1996 and once again in 2005 and added a runner-up performance in 2008. However, he's finished outside the top-20 in three straight. For the cost that comes with an elite player, Mickelson does not appear to be worth the asking price for the time being.
Points has finished 12th or better in all three of his starts this season and has shot all 12 of his combined rounds under par. In four starts at Scottsdale since 2005, Points missed three cuts until finishing T18 last year. Coming off a pair of top-10s, Points is certainly worth a start.
While Yang missed the cut last week at Torrey Pines, he's been a strong competitor at Scottsdale over the last two years. Yang finished third in 2010 and T8 last year, shooting 14-under each time out. The South Korean played well overseas to end his 2011 schedule, so last week's performance shouldn't devalue him too much.