By News Team
Last Updated: 29th January 2020
Once again golf fans are in for a real treat this week with great action on both the European and PGA Tours. The fields for both the Saudi International and Waste Management Phoenix Open are stacked with quality and it promises to be quite a few days in the golfing world. Here’s our look ahead to both tournaments.
Lewis can go two better than last year in Saudi
The Saudi International betting is headed by two Americans in the form of Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka. Both are superb players in their own right but of the two, Johnson is preferred given he was victorious last year and has a knack of winning events on multiple occasions. He played OK at the Tournament of Champions, but needed six penalty drops because of some abysmal driving. Long-driving is a real asset at the Royal Greens Golf & Country Club with several short par-fours encouraging the bigger hitters to flex their muscles.
Koepka looked rusty in Abu Dhabi after his injury lay-off and the 10/1 looks short enough. As such, they’ll be plenty getting involved in the 7/1 about Johnson, but at four times the price, Tom Lewis looks the much better bet.
He comes into this having played really well in Dubai last week, where he finished third. He had to suffer with the worst of the conditions there and in playing well he enhanced a strong record in the desert. He also seems to take well to resort courses where driving accuracy isn’t paramount. He finished third last year and with four top-eight finishes in last seven starts, he looks set for another big week. Take the 28/1.
Bubba to go well at course he excels at
Given he’s twice a Masters winner, it’s pretty surprising to see Bubba Watson ranked at a lowly 55th in the world heading into this week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open. He endured a pretty miserable 2019, but there have been signs in recent outings that he might have turned the corner. Most notably was last week’s tie for sixth, where a poor round on the easier North Course cost him a proper challenge at the title.
He has 12 PGA Tour victories and eight of those have come at three courses, showing he comes alive at certain tracks including TPC Scottsdale. Though he hasn’t won there yet, his form at this tournament is eye-catching with four top-five finishes since 2012. Third for strokes-gained off the tee, sixth for strokes-gained on approach, second for greens in regulation and first for strokes-gained tee to green in La Jolla shows the game is in fine fettle and he looks a more than worthwhile bet at 30/1.
It’s also worth giving a mention to Brandt Snedeker at 35/1. He’s another who has plenty of good course form here and a third-place finish last week shows he’s coming into form nicely. We all know how good he is with the putter, so if he can give himself enough looks at birdie, he will surely be there or thereabouts come Sunday evening.
Have a listen to our latest golf podcast where we preview both of this week’s tournaments.