The 2011 Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale 6-Pack

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The 2011 Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale 6-Pack
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Last years winner Hunter Mahan

It’s an adage that may be as old as the hills but will always ring true. “Drive for show and putt for dough…”


Just ask last week’s winner Bubba Watson. He demonstrably schooled last week’s field at Torrey Pines on exactly what that means by hitting his classic sweeping hooks and slicing drives that seemingly went on for miles. I think his birdie putt on the 72nd hole epitomized what a, “putt for dough” really looks like.


I love to see guys like Bubba Watson winning on tour. He truly seems like a guy you would love to play a round of golf with. He has heart. His first name is Bubba and let’s face it, he’s really fun to watch. Great job this weekend Mr. Watson!


This week we are off to Phoenix for the greatest show on turf at TPC Scottsdale for the Waste Management Phoenix Open. What can we expect this week? Well, hardcore golf fans who sound like they should be at a hockey game for one. Lots of them. I mean lots. This is the largest attended golf event in the world each year drawing total numbers exceeding 525,000 over four days. As many as 20,000 rabid ASU golf fans gather around the 16th hole known affectionately as, “The Big Party.”


Beers, cheers, booze and boos will all be present on this hole as they are every year, making it one of the most fun events to watch on TV each year. As expected the fan favorite year after year is ASU alum Phil Mickelson. People love this guy from coast to coast but Phil’s love-o-meter gets kicked up a few notches each time he shows his face at this famed event.


The course itself ranks in the lower half of difficulty on tour. This Weiskopf/Marrish creation usually translates into fairly low scores with the winner coming in at anywhere from -11 to -26.  I expect with the set up and conditions this year that the winner will be right around -15. The generous fairways tend to invite long-ballers to swing away with reckless abandon. Often that risk translates into reward as many eagles are seen here each year.


Let’s review my Yahoo Fantasy picks and standings before we jump into the six-pack.


Currently I have 630 points on the year and I am exceeding all Yahoo experts however I have dropped in the standings. I am down six points in my Fans of Hunter Mahan group ranking in the 79th percentile. Overall I dropped three points into the 85th percentile. As mentioned I am trumping all Yahoo experts at this point in the young season.  I am edging out Greg Vara by only ten points, Eric Planer is down by 65 points, Matt Romig is lacking by 32 points, and Mike Arkush is down by a competitive 40 points.


Here’s who I like this week in my Start ‘em / Sit ‘em section:




Phil Mickelson


Nick Watney



David Toms


Kevin Na

Rickie Fowler

Bill Haas



Jhonattan Vegas


Anthony Kim


Ladies and gents, let’s see if we can nail down a winner this week and earn some serious coin in the process with the six-pack.

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