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Waste Management Open Picks and Preview - TPC Scottsdale

Professional Caddy, Mark Huber previews the Phoenix Open

Posted Feb 03, 2011 by Mark's Kaddy Korner

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My Torrey Pines picks looked pretty good going into the weekend and not bad entering the last round but Haas floundered, Tiger was beat by a high-school kid, both letting one of my second foursome picks, Bubba Watson, the other lefty, sneak in for a win. He was in my fantasy league don’t know why I didn’t carry him along here. Anyway it wasn’t a bad week for Kaddy Korner, poor Tiger has a long way to go though.

There heading east from the coast to the desert, from a laid back, sedate tournament to a party extravaganza and a crowd who cares nothing about etiquette. You need to have your nerves about you, ignore the raucous gallery and just try to play golf. Some of the big names avoid the Waste Management Open at TPC of Scottsdale but some of the giants call the Phoenix area home. Look for a local boy or a slightly unknown long hitter to claim the crown.

TPC of Scottsdale used to be in the middle of nowhere but Scottsdale has grown up around it. The Thunderbirds have moved Duck Soup, the nightly entertainment band of the PGA Tour, from next to the practice green across the street to a massive quadruple football field sized tent. The tour record crowds may not see a lot of golf but they do some partying. There have been some risqué trysts encountered in and around the golf TPC compound, the golf has always been secondary but very exciting coming down the stretch.


You can make 3-2-2-3 on fifteen through eighteen when on top of your game but if you flounder a bit 6-4-5-6 is also a definite possibly. Weiskopf created quite a masterpiece in the late 80’s. You’ll never hear a bigger roar in golf than 16 and players can come up aces or nines at the short 17th par 4. The crowd is warming up while you’re tuning up on the practice tee.

I’m going with some very obvious picks this week, some home town veterans who can launch the ball a bit. Golf is a streaky game and Bill Hass is winding down, “Johnny Vegas” may get caught up in the party atmosphere, but I think Bubba and Phil are ready to roll.
Phil – he’ll do fine as long as the crowd doesn’t entice too much gambling from him.
Bubba – may not win but he’ll be right there till the end.
 
Pat Perez – local boy ready to break out. Brian Wilson, the SF Giants wacky closer warmed him up Tuesday, watch out for anything.

My second bomber foursome includes Geoff Ogilvy, who should be recovered from beach accident, Boo Weekly, he’ll embrace the crowd and feed off them, John Senden, nothing bothers robo-pro plus he’s long and J. J. Henry/Robert Garrigus for no particular reason. The long hitters will tear up the par fives and usually there’s no rough to speak of so they can let go off the tee.

J. B. Holmes – first win here a few years ago and always plays well. Haven’t heard from him in awhile, has new club contract which could be the hindrance.

If you want a behind the scenes history of the tournament check out Mark's Kaddy Korner for a look at it and more golf through the caddy’s eye.

- Mark Huber

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