2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open - Predictions, TV Schedule

Who will win the 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open? The defending champion is Hideki Matsuyama. This page provides TV schedule and predictions. The 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open is set for February 1-4 at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona.

TV Schedule
*Subject to change, error

February 1 - First Round - Golf Channel (3 PM ET)
February 2 - Second Round - Golf Channel (3 PM ET)
February 3 - Third Found - CBS (4 PM ET) *Bonus coverage on Golf (2 PM ET)
February 4 - Final Round - CBS (3 PM ET) *Bonus coverage on Golf (1 PM ET)

Trends / Predictions

✪ Hideki Matsuyama is one player who should be on everyone's fantasy team this week. Some courses just fit a player's eye and TPC Scottsdale is just that for the Japanese star. In four career starts at the Phoenix Open, he won twice and has two other top-5 finishes. The fact he putted uncharacteristically well last week should make the rest of field a little nervous.

Former champions (in field): Hideki Matsuyama (2), Phil Mickelson (2), J.B. Holmes (2), Kyle Stanley (1), Hunter Mahan (1), Aaron Baddeley (1)
Best records for non-champion: Bubba Watson (2 runner-ups), Rickie Fowler (2 runner-ups), Ryan Palmer (2 runner-ups)

✪ The TPC of Scottsdale is a risk-reward course that favors ball strikers with strong scrambling skills. A good shot will lead to an excellent birdie opportunity, but a bad shot will likely end up in one of the course's many hazards. The prerequisite for success on this course is a strong tee-to-green game. Matsuyama won twice here almost exclusively due to his marvelous tee-to-green game, though his scrambling skills are underrated. The same goes for 2015 winner Brooks Koepka. On the other hand, Phil Mickelson won his two titles thanks to superior scrambling skills and course knowledge.

SG Tee-to-Green: Kevin Chappell, Chez Reavie, Lucas Glover, Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama
Scrambling: Rickie Fowler, Brandt Snedeker, Kevin Streelman, Webb Simpson, Ryan Palmer
Proximity to Hole: Ryan Palmer, Keegan Bradley, Chez Reavie, Matt Kuchar, John Peterson

✪ The Phoenix Open is the tour's most attended event (by a big margin). The crowds here can be noisy & rowdy and not every player handles this type of party environment well. Typically, higher ranked or more experienced players fare better in this environment because they tend to be razor-focused and are used to pressure. Current form is still a key factor, but it matters less here.

Elite Players: Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Hideki Matsuyama, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Zach Johnson
Wily Veterans: Matt Kuchar, J.B. Holmes, Charley Hoffman, Ryan Palmer, Bill Haas, Webb Simpson, Charles Howell III, Lucas Glover

Staff's Prediction: Hideki Matsuyama wins 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open

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