2024 Waste Management Phoenix Open Power Rankings: Top 10 Golfers To Watch

Welcome to the highly anticipated Waste Management Phoenix Open! This year's field is stacked with talented golfers ready to conquer the TPC Scottsdale course. Despite a short prep week after the Pebble Beach event, these...

Welcome to the highly anticipated Waste Management Phoenix Open! This year's field is stacked with talented golfers ready to conquer the TPC Scottsdale course. Despite a short prep week after the Pebble Beach event, these players are geared up and ready to showcase their skills in front of massive crowds in the desert.

In this article, I present to you my TourPicks Top 10 Power Rankings for the Waste Management Phoenix Open. These rankings provide a first look at the players who I believe have what it takes to make a significant impact and excel in the upcoming tournament. While some of these players may already be favorites, I've put careful thought into determining who I believe is best suited for the course based on statistics, historical performance, and compelling narratives.

By referring to these rankings, I hope to become a valuable resource for your weekly preparation and research. I've thoroughly evaluated each player in the field, considering their compatibility with the course and expected results. This insight will provide you with a glimpse into my thought processes when it comes to handicapping professional golf. Additionally, I'll provide a brief summary for each player, offering reasoning behind their rankings. Your support is greatly appreciated, and I hope you find these rankings valuable for The Farmers Insurance Open.

Now, let's dive into the Top 10 Power Rankings for the Waste Management Phoenix Open:

#10. Byeong Hun An

Benny An makes his first appearance in the TourPicks Top 10 this season, defying the odds. His exceptional Off-The-Tee performance in the past 12 months places him among the best in the field. Although his recent performance at Pebble Beach was decent, it failed to match his scorching start in Hawaii, where he finished fourth at the Sentry and lost in a playoff at the Sony Open. An's outstanding Off-The-Tee abilities, along with his strong track record in previous years, make him a player to watch in this event.

#9. JT Poston

James Tyree Poston's incredible run continues, with another top-20 finish at Pebble Beach. His consistent putting skills have propelled him to eight top-20 finishes in his last 11 starts on the PGA Tour. Poston's experience at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, combined with his strong approach play and putting, positions him as a serious contender this year.

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#8. Max Homa

Max Homa, despite disappointing performances in his home state of California, remains a force to be reckoned with. While his recent play has been shaky, his past consistency at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, where he has made every cut in the last five years, is worth noting. Homa's strong Off-The-Tee game and ability to gain strokes in that category make him a contender if he can resolve his issues with the putter and short irons.

#7. Wyndham Clark

Don't overlook Wyndham Clark. After switching to a new putter at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, his putting performance improved significantly. Clark displayed exceptional skill and focus during his historic round at Pebble Beach, narrowly missing out on a coveted 59. His previous best round as a professional also occurred at TPC Scottsdale. With his recent form and newfound confidence, Clark has the potential to exceed expectations.

#6. Sam Burns

Sam Burns has been remarkably consistent in recent months, with eight top-20 finishes in his last eleven starts on the PGA Tour. Burns' ability to mitigate bogeys, coupled with his impressive eagle rates, positions him as a strong contender at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. With three reachable par 5s on the course, Burns has a real advantage and is likely to make a significant impact this week.

#5. Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth's iron play has been outstanding lately, and when he's dialed in, success is usually just around the corner. His impressive approach play in recent tournaments hints at a solid performance to come. While his putting hasn't been exceptional in past editions of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the lightning-fast greens at TPC Scottsdale play to his strengths. If Spieth can maintain his efficient ball striking, he will be a strong contender throughout the tournament.

#4. Justin Thomas

Justin Thomas has regained his consistency and reliability in iron play, positioning himself as a top contender for the 2024 season. His previous performances at TPC Scottsdale, with a tie for 8th place in 2022 and a solo 4th place finish in 2023, highlight his prowess on this course. With improved iron shots and a confident short game, Thomas has the skills to recover from any occasional misfires and avoid bogeys at an impressive rate.

#3. Viktor Hovland

Despite a slight stumble at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Viktor Hovland's course record at Monterey Peninsula suggests that he is in great form. While struggling to find his groove at TPC Scottsdale in recent years, Hovland's exceptional preparation and strong form leading up to the tournament could make a significant difference. We'll see if he can start the year with a bang in Arizona.

#2. Xander Schauffele

Xander Schauffele has been consistently impressive in 2024, with top-10 finishes in every tournament he has played so far. His exceptional performance at TPC Scottsdale, with top-20 finishes since 2018, showcases his mastery of the course. Schauffele's improvement in approach play, paralleling his game's overall trend this season, sets him up for success in the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

#1. Scottie Scheffler

Scottie Scheffler aims for a three-peat at TPC Scottsdale, having secured two consecutive victories at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. With his exceptional putting performances in the past two years, Scheffler has a distinct advantage on the familiar greens at this event. TPC Scottsdale caters to Scheffler's strengths, allowing him to rely on his superior Off-The-Tee and iron play. A phenomenal chance at a three-peat awaits him, and he remains one of the best players on the Tour.

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