Live on SS3: Thu 20.00: Angus Loughran previews this week’s Phoenix Open on the USPGA, live from TPC Scottsdale.
I have not seen many crueller things in sport than Kyle Stanley’s defeat at Torrey Pines last week when holding a 3 shot lead at the last to take 8 and lose in a playoff. It might be crazy but Stanley did little wrong till the death last week and looks worth taking another chance with at 60/1 with Blue Square for the quick bounce back at the Phoenix Open – it would be some story if he could achieve it. Stanley led by 7 halfway through Sunday’s final round and had played some superb golf all week. He needs to start well and then I believe he has a great chance.
Webb Simpson heads the market here with William Hill at 16/1 while the other two I like at the prices are Scott Piercy at 45/1 (Stan James) and Bud Cauley at 50/1 (Ladbrokes) – a rookie who looks destined to be a real star on the PGA Tour.
The Americans have won the first 4 PGA tour events for the first time since 2001 and it is a short price it will be 5 in a row come Sunday night in Arizona.