Golf Rankings for Waste Management Phoenix Open
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1. Charles Howell III [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #56

Howell also owns a pair of podium finishes this season, in addition to a T9 last week at Torrey Pines. CH3 has been a mixed bag at Scottsdale over the years, however, finishing a career-best T4 in 2010. Following a rocky 2012 season, Howell regrouped during the Fall Series and remains hot heading into the desert.

2. Brandt Snedeker [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #19

Snedeker already owns two podium finishes in 2013 and now sits fifth in FedExCup points. He's played Scottsdale each of the last six years with two top-10s, but also three finishes outside the top 40. On the season Snedeker ranks second in greens in regulation percentage and eighth in birdie average.

3. Jason Dufner [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #16

This week is just the second start of the season for Dufner. While he finished near of the bottom of the leaderboard at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Dufner has performed well the last two years at Scottsdale. In 2011 Dufner finished as the runner-up in this event and placed inside the top 10 last year.

4. Nick Watney [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #47

Watney finished a career-best T5 at Scottsdale in 2011 and placed T12 back in 2009, but skipped this event last year. After a midpack finish in the season opener, Watney came back with a T4 last week at Torrey Pines.

5. Rickie Fowler [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #39

After a rough opening round last week at Torrey Pines, Fowler caught fire in the final three to finish with a T6 for the second time in as many starts this year. Fowler finished as the runner-up in the 2010 edition of the Phoenix Open, then T13 and T26 the last two years.

6. Bubba Watson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #12

This will be Watson’s first start since finishing inside the top five at the season opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Watson was scheduled to play last week at Torrey Pines, but withdrew right before tee time with an illness. He’s made four straight cuts at Scottsdale and finished a career-best T5 last year.

7. Hunter Mahan [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #32

After winning this event in 2010, Mahan finished T29 in 2011, yet skipped Scottsdale over last year. Mahan struggled at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, but returned to action last week with a T15 at Torrey Pines.

8. Webb Simpson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #25 - Not Entered

Simpson started the year with T11 and T20 finishes then missed the cut at the Humana Challenge, his most recent outing. At Scottsdale he has finished T8 each of the last two years.

9. Steve Stricker [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #15 - Not Entered

Stricker finished as the runner-up in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, but hasn't competed on Tour since. He'll now head to Scottsdale for the first time since missing the cut in 2008 and 2009. Stricker has been very consistent since, almost never missing another cut.

10. Brian Gay [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #166

Gay has made all six starts at Scottsdale since 2007, including four finishes inside the top 25. Even though he missed the cut in this event last year, Gay won most his most recent start of 2013 at the Humana Challenge.

11. Keegan Bradley [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #18

Last year, Bradley finished T15 in his Scottsdale debut. He opened this year with a T4 in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, but missed last week’s cut. Bradley has been a streaky player and is perhaps a bit overvalued right now given the sudden slide.

12. Bo Van Pelt [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #104

A disastrous final round of 81 caused Van Pelt to lose 56 spots and finish T78 last week at Torrey Pines. BVP has finished T8 and T18 the last two years at Scottsdale. He’s typically a very solid player week in and week out, expect a quick rebound.
 
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