The PGA Tour stops off in Scottsdale this week for the Phoenix Open and world number one Jon Rahm, who went college at nearby Arizona State, is hoping he can clinch his seventh title on the US circuit as he enters this week as the 13/2 favourite.
Rahm started 2022 with a second-place finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions before going on to record a tied-14th at The American Express and then a T3 at the Farmers Insurance Open.
The Spaniard had last week off, opting to swerve the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, so he should be fully refreshed and ready to have a crack at TPC Scottsdale for the sixth time as a professional.
His last five appearances in this event have produced finishes of T16, T11, T10, T9 and T13 and the 27-year-old, who is 8/1 to win the Masters for the first time in April, is hoping he can start to move through the gears.
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“I’m playing good golf and hopefully starting this week things start clicking a little bit better,” he said, as quoted by www.iol.co.za. “It’s always a week I look forward to.
“Spent a lot of my time in Arizona. I have a lot of support this week. It’s a home week. It’s a special event. It’s an event like any other. Hopefully I add a first place this week.”
A star-studded line-up will be teeing it up at TPC Scottsdale and American Justin Thomas, priced at 11/1 to claim the spoils, is one of those expected to put in a strong challenge for glory.
Defending champion Brooks Koepka is aiming to become just the fifth player to win this tournament three times and he is 30/1 to achieve this feat, while fellow two-time champion Hideki Matsuyama is 16/1 to triumph.
Reigning FedEx Cup champion Patrick Cantlay is another tipped to do well and he is available at 12/1, while recently-crowned Dubai Desert Classic winner Viktor Hovland is a 16/1 chance.
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