Top DFS Picks for the 2022 WM Phoenix Open
I had a bit of a nice run with my DFS lineup, but that came to an end last week. Jordan Spieth nearly won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, but he was my only gofer in contention. It didn’t help that Daniel Berger withdrew the day before.
This week, we head to Arizona for the WM Phoenix Open. Which golfers will excel at TPC Scottsdale? Let’s check out my favorite DFS lineup.
Jordan Spieth ($9,900)
Last week, I was all over Jordan Spieth in DFS. He didn’t do much in the first two rounds, but he made a run with a nine-under 63 in the third round. Spieth came up two shots short, but we’ll take a second-place finish in DFS.
After looking at his stats at TPC Scottsdale, I’m looking to run it back with Spieth. He has two missed cuts in this tournament, but check out his other three finishes.
- 2015: -11 (7th)
- 2017: -12 (9th)
- 2021: -17 (4th)
In 2015 and 2017, Spieth had a slow start, but a weekend surge moved him into the top 10. However, it was a different story last year. He was in the driver’s seat after a 10-under 61 in the third round. Spieth wound up losing by two shots after shooting a 72 in the final round.
We should see another top 10 this year.
Xander Schauffele ($9,700)
Xander Schauffele has been solid this season, but we’re still waiting for him to compete for wins. He has three top 20 finishes but no top 10s. Will we see that change this week in the WM Phoenix Open?
This season is similar to his history in the tournament. He finished between 10th and 17th in his first three starts. Then, we saw this performance in 2021.
- First Round: 66 (-5)
- Second Round: 64 (-7)
- Third Round: 65 (-6)
- Fourth Round: 71 (E)
It looked promising, but like Jordan Spieth, a poor final round doomed his hopes. He finished second, one-shot behind Brooks Koepka. Speaking of Koepka, he is one of my top sleeper picks for the 2022 WM Phoenix Open.
I think this will be the week Schauffele breaks out in 2022.
Webb Simpson ($8,600)
Webb Simpson is in a similar situation to Xander Schauffele. We’ve seen him produce good results this season, but we’re waiting for him to contend for the win. Something tells me we’ll see that at TPC Scottsdale.
Early in the 2010s, Simpson was in contention nearly every year. He didn’t play in 2013 or 2015, but Simpson finished 14th or better in every WM Phoenix Open from 2011 to 2017. Then, we saw this performance in 2020.
- First Round: 71 (E)
- Second Round: 63 (-8)
- Third Round: 64 (-7)
- Fourth Round: 69 (-2)
Simpson vaulted to the top with a big second and third round. He went on to defeat Tony Finau in a playoff. He hasn’t won in a year and a half, so this is his chance to score another victory.
Rickie Fowler ($7,600)
It’s been a rough 2021-22 season for Rickie Fowler. He scored a third-place finish in the CJ Cup @ Summit, but that’s his only finish better than 40th. Thankfully, he heads to a course that has treated him well.
Fowler’s first big performance of his career came in this tournament in 2010. He shot 15-under, finishing one shot behind winner Hunter Mahan. Later in the 2010s, we saw Fowler go on an impressive run.
- 2016: -14 (2nd)
- 2017: -15 (4th)
- 2018: -12 (11th)
- 2019: -17 (1st)
Fowler lost in a playoff in 2016 but avenged his defeat with a victory in 2019. Fowler had a big enough gap, despite shooting over par in the final round. That’s his most recent win on the PGA Tour, so he’s due for a win.
Branden Grace ($7,100)
Like most players we’ve talked about, Branden Grace hasn’t done much this season. He finished seventh in the ZoZo Championship, but that’s his only finish in the top 30. Now, we’ll see if Grace can kick start his season in the WM Phoenix Open.
Grace has only played in the event twice. Both times, we’ve seen him in contention.
- 2019: -15 (2nd)
- 2020: -11 (9th)
In his first start, Grace played four consistent rounds of golf. He shot all four rounds in the 60s, but he couldn’t run down Rickie Fowler. In 2020, he played consistently, but he didn’t have a low round. Still, it was a solid top 10 finish.
Grace has only won twice on the PGA Tour. He is a long shot to win the WM Phoenix Open, but we’d take a solid top 10 finish.
Chez Reavie ($6,800)
Chez Reavie was in my DFS lineup last week, but it didn’t work out as he missed the cut. He is a boom or bust option, but I’m willing to take his upside at the bottom of my DFS lineup.
In his last seven starts in the tournament, Reavie has missed the cut five times. However, check out his finishes in the other two years.
- 2018: -18 (2nd)
- 2019: -12 (4th)
Reavie shot four rounds of 68 or better in 2018. Gary Woodland shot a seven-under 64 in the final round to force a playoff. Reavie lost the playoff on the first hole. In 2019, a slow start left him too far back to make a run.
Hopefully, he’ll have a boom performance in the 2022 WM Phoenix Open.
My DFS Lineup for The WM Phoenix Open
- Jordan Spieth ($9,900)
- Xander Schauffele ($9,700)
- Webb Simpson ($8,600)
- Rickie Fowler ($7,600)
- Brendan Grace ($7,100)
- Chez Reavie ($6,800)
I like what we have for the 2022 WM Phoenix Open. Jordan Spieth, Xander Schauffele, and Webb Simpson could outright win the tournament. It’d be surprising for the other three golfers, but I’m expecting them to contend for a top 10 finish.
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