Best bets for Waste Management Phoenix Open

By Wes Reynolds  ( 


Patrick Reed is often the center of rules controversy on the PGA Tour and found himself there once again in Saturday's third round of the Farmers Insurance Open. Reed had picked up his ball from what was believed to be an embedded lie in the rough on the 10th hole. A rules official was called in and a free drop was awarded. The controversy had no bearing on the final result as Reed, priced as high as 25-1, earned his ninth career PGA Tour victory with a five-stroke win over Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele, Viktor Hovland, Ryan Palmer and Henrik Norlander. 

Reed and several other Americans will travel to Saudi Arabia to play in this week’s European Tour event. Despite all the talent going to the Middle East, plenty remains stateside to play another desert event, the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale. 

Scottsdale resident and OWGR No. 2 Jon Rahm, off a tie for seventh at Torrey Pines, is once again the tournament favorite at 7-1. Justin Thomas, a week removed from a rare missed cut in Abu Dhabi, has finished third here the last two years and is the second choice at 9-1. Schauffele (10-1) finally put together a good finish at his hometown event in San Diego with a tie for second at the Farmers Insurance Open. Rory McIlroy (12/-1) had his own rules controversy Saturday, similar to Reed's but with a lot less fanfare, and finished T-16. McIlroy makes his first appearance in the Phoenix event this week. 

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