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Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Twofer Tuesday: WM Phoenix Open

Twofer Tuesday braces for the madness of the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale on Super Bowl Sunday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Defending champion Brooks Koepka

Yes, the madness at the stadium 16th is what we all want at the Phoenix Open, carefully timed to end so we can all watch the Super Bowl. It's the careful timing of the event that has made it one of the most popular events on Tour, and it's always a great show.

Especially with that wild finish. The stadium 16th, the driveable 17th with that ball-swallowing lake hugging the left side of the long narrow green, and the "church pews" lined up along the 18th fairway. Maybe they'll never be considered three of the greatest holes on the Tour but they certainly provide some of the greatest drama.

Last year Brooks Koepka squeaked out a single-shot win over K.H. Lee and Xander Schauffele to grab his second WMPO title. Can he do it again? For the sake of my picks I hope not!

  • I'm taking Jordan Spieth for the second week in a row. Last year he staggered down the back nine to finish T4. After this past week at Pebble I'm hoping he figured out how to avoid that problem this time around.
  • And my other pick is Viktor Hovland. Viktor doesn't have the history at TPC Scottsdale that others have, but his game seems to be in good enough shape to handle the challenge.

GC's coverage begins Thursday at 3pm ET. And as it has the last few weeks, PGA TOUR LIVE will be doing extra broadcasts on the main feed early and on featured holes late. You can find the schedule at the bottom of this page at The Phoenix Open is always fun, and this week's prelude to the Super Bowl promises to be no different.

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