Expert picks: Phoenix Open

Keegan Bradley is a popular pick for the PGA Tour's 2014 Waste Management Phoenix Open (shown here during the WGC-HSBC Champions).

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Take a look at our picks this week for the Phoenix Open:

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Jeff Rude, Senior Writer

Favorite: Webb Simpson.

Don’t forget about: Graham DeLaet.

Keep an eye on: Phil Mickelson.

Sleeper: Brian Stuard.

Comments: Simpson has three top-7 finishes in his four Tour starts this season, including a victory in Vegas. In his only miss, shot 64 in Humana final round. Also, Simpson T-8 in his last two starts in Phoenix. . . . DeLaet has picked up where he left off last season, in strong form. Has three top-7 finishes in his last three starts. . . . As for Mickelson, it depends on how his back holds up. The defending champion has three victories and 10 top 10s in Phoenix. . . . Stuard had three consecutive top-6 finishes before a T-28 at Farmers last week..

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Adam Schupak, Senior Writer

Favorite: Keegan Bradley.

Don’t forget about: Brandt Snedeker, J.B. Holmes.

Keep an eye on: Robert Garrigus, Gary Woodland.

Sleeper: Michael Putnam, Brendan Steele.

Comments: During his rookie year, Keegan Bradley attempted to Monday qualify in Phoenix. Those days are long over. He went winless in 2013 and that’s got to be gnawing at him. . . . Most of my other picks here are bombers, who typically fare well at TPC Scottsdale. None seems in better form than Woodland, who nearly won last week. Holmes, winner in ’06 and ’08, looked sharp at Torrey Pines in his first start back after missing time due to injury. Steele has finished T-5 and T-6 the last two years and has a knack for taking advantage of par 5s. He also has Bobby Brown, Dustin Johnson's former caddie, on the bag, which could give him a spark.

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Jim McCabe, Senior Writer

Favorite: Keegan Bradley.

Don’t forget about: Ryan Moore.

Keep an eye on: Ryan Palmer.

Sleeper: Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

Comments: Bradley's got a hunger and a look about him early this season that bodes well. . . . Both Moore (a win, two other top 10s) and Palmer (T-8, 2nd last two starts) have played well this season. . . . Something tells me the creative folks out at the 16th will have fun with young Mr. Aphibarnrat.

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Alex Miceli, Senior Writer

Favorite: Bubba Watson.

Don’t forget about: Harris English, Keegan Bradley.

Keep an eye on: Phil Mickelson.

Sleeper: Kevin Streelman.

Comments: Bubba Watson blew a chance to win in 2013 at Travelers, he lives in the desert, he is long and he is hungry. Let’s just see if that equals a win. . . . English has already had a pretty solid 2014 season and Bradley got his feet wet over the last two weeks with top 20 finishes, this week could be better. . . . Mickelson is a wild card and would be the favorite if his back issue status was clearer. . . . Streelman played well at Maui and then went home to the wife and newborn. Expect him to be well rested and hungry.

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Lance Ringler, Senior Writer

Favorite: Graham DeLaet.

Don’t forget about: Gary Woodland, Charley Hoffman.

Keep an eye on: Matt Every.

Sleeper: Brian Stuard.

Comments: DeLaet has quietly been playing as well as anyone. DeLaet has posted four consecutive top eight finishes including a runner-up last week at Torrey Pines. . . . Woodland and Hoffman have also started the year well and should do well for you in any fantasy format. Stuard has three top-six finishes in his last four starts.

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Nick Masuda, Director of Digital Content

Favorite: Keegan Bradley.

Don’t forget about: Graham DeLaet, Jimmy Walker.

Keep an eye on: Gary Woodland, Rickie Fowler.

Sleeper: Nicolas Colsaerts.

Comments: You'll see a theme here, outside of Fowler: Bombers. Bradley is someone I'll have my eye on all season, as he's going to have a huge season. DeLaet had a great finish at Farmers, and Walker has won twice in the wraparound season. Woodland had one bad swing that cost him on Sunday, while I believe Fowler is going to show signs this season due to his work with Butch Harmon. Colsaerts is the longest of this group, and he's due for a victory.

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The Waste Management Open field according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index

  • 8. Webb Simpson
  • 11. Phil Mickelson
  • 13. Hideki Matsuyama
  • 15. Keegan Bradley
  • 16. Lee Westwood
  • 17. Bubba Watson
  • 18. Chris Kirk
  • 19. Hunter Mahan
  • 20. Graham DeLaet
  • 23. Bill Haas
  • 25. Charley Hoffman
  • 26. K.J. Choi
  • 28. Harris English
  • 29. Ian Poulter
  • 31. Billy Horschel
  • 32. Martin Kaymer
  • 34. Gary Woodland
  • 35. Charles Howell III
  • 36. Brendon de Jonge
  • 40. Ryan Palmer
  • 41. Matt Jones
  • 42. Ryan Moore
  • 45. Brandt Snedeker
  • 46. Rickie Fowler
  • 48. Justin Leonard
  • 51. Marc Leishman
  • 52. George McNeill
  • 53. Chris Stroud
  • 58. Nick Watney
  • 59. Michael Putnam
  • 64. Pat Perez
  • 67. John Merrick
  • 68. Kevin Stadler
  • 69. Jeff Overton
  • 71. Angel Cabrera
  • 73. John Peterson
  • 74. Kevin Chappell
  • 75. Bryce Molder
  • 76. Camilo Villegas
  • 81. Bo Van Pelt
  • 82. Brian Davis
  • 87. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
  • 89. Matt Every
  • 91. David Hearn
  • 92. Martin Laird
  • 93. Daniel Summerhays
  • 94. Roberto Castro
  • 95. Josh Teater
  • 97. James Driscoll
  • 102. Carl Pettersson
  • 106. Jason Kokrak
  • 107. Robert Garrigus
  • 110. Morgan Hoffmann
  • 111. Cameron Tringale
  • 113. Rory Sabbatini
  • 116. Justin Hicks
  • 118. Brendan Steele
  • 120. Spencer Levin
  • 121. Retief Goosen
  • 122. Martin Flores
  • 123. Russell Henley
  • 125. Richard H. Lee
  • 126. Patrick Reed
  • 127. Kevin Na
  • 128. J.J. Henry
  • 129. David Lynn
  • 131. Nicolas Colsaerts
  • 132. Luke Guthrie
  • 133. Jonas Blixt
  • 139. Brian Stuard
  • 141. John Huh
  • 147. Ben Crane
  • 148. Brian Gay
  • 150. Kiradech Aphibarnrat
  • 151. D.A. Points
  • 153. Jason Bohn
  • 155. Ken Duke
  • 156. Brian Harman
  • 158. William McGirt
  • 166. Scott Piercy
  • 168. Charlie Wi
  • 170. Greg Chalmers
  • 173. Andres Romero
  • 176. Sang-Moon Bae
  • 177. Nicholas Thompson
  • 186. Ted Potter, Jr.
  • 188. Erik Compton
  • 190. Padraig Harrington
  • 193. Vijay Singh
  • 199. Mark Wilson
  • 205. David Toms
  • 212. Kyle Stanley
  • 213. D.H. Lee
  • 214. Scott Stallings
  • 215. Y.E. Yang
  • 227. John Rollins
  • 228. David Lingmerth
  • 234. Danny Lee
  • 240. Kevin Tway
  • 263. Geoff Ogilvy
  • 264. James Hahn
  • 275. Michael Thompson
  • 280. Jeff Maggert
  • 293. Scott Langley
  • 295. Steven Bowditch
  • 300. Ben Curtis
  • 313. Aaron Baddeley
  • 314. Charlie Beljan
  • 330. Kevin Streelman
  • 350. Ricky Barnes
  • 381. Lucas Glover
  • 385. Tommy Gainey
  • 387. Robert Allenby
  • 412. Mike Weir
  • 436. Jonathan Byrd
  • 463. Woody Austin
  • 517. Stephen Ames
  • 549. Joe Ogilvie
  • 565. Chris Smith
  • 599. Scott Verplank
  • 603. Derek Ernst
  • 661. Joey Snyder III
  • N/R. Mark Calcavecchia
  • N/R. J.B. Holmes
  • N/R. Ki Taek Lee
  • N/R. John Mallinger
  • N/R. Paul Trittler
  • N/R. Jhonattan Vegas
  • N/R. Kris Blanks
  • N/R. Fred Funk
  • N/R. Paul Goydos
  • N/R. Dudley Hart
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