It’s party time on the PGA Tour, also known as the Waste Management Phoenix Open, an annual stop where watching golf only occasionally interrupts the good times that start early and end late.
There’s nothing else like it on the PGA Tour and that’s a good thing. It makes Phoenix special. You have to love a place where fans have been known to say, “I love going to the golf tournament on Friday night.”
With that in mind, here are five players to keep an eye on this Super Bowl weekend:
5. Martin Laird: He hung near the top of the board at Torrey Pines, earning a tie for eighth and he finished tied for fifth in Phoenix last year. Those are encouraging signs.
4. Aaron Baddeley: Watch out for him. He’s always been able to putt and now that he seems to have straightened out his long game, Baddeley seems due for a breakout week.
3. Jason Dufner: He won two weeks ago in Palm Springs so it’s obvious he’s playing well. He’s back to being the old Dufner which is a good thing. The Phoenix crowd would love him winning in the desert.
2. Bubba Watson: You might think the noise and the distractions at TPC Scottsdale wouldn’t work for Bubba but think again. He’s finished second there the past two years. Something clicks.
1. Brandt Snedeker: His 3-under-par 69 in wicked Sunday conditions at Torrey Pines not only won the Farmers Insurance Open for him, it continued Snedeker’s brilliant 2016 season. In three starts, he’s tied for third, finished second in a playoff and won. That’s 3-2-1.