TPC Scottsdale, 7,266 yards, par 71
Defending champion: Hideki Matsuyama
TV: Thursday-Friday, Golf Channel, 2-6 PM CT/3-7 PM CT/3-7 PM ET; Saturday-Sunday, Golf, 12-1:30 PM CT/1-2:30 PM ET; CBS 2-5 PM CT/3-6 PM ET.
Weather: Sunny and perfect, 72-78 all 4 days. Wind minimal Thursday, Friday, 4-9 MPH Saturday, Sunday, so maybe a slight factor Sat and Sun.
Key Hole: No 16 par 3 163 yards: One of the most famous and without a doubt the loudest hole in golf. There will be 20,000 raucous, rowdy fans filling this fully enclosed stadium hole. They are pumped, energized and are ready to let a player know if they hit a good shot or a bad shot. Plus it's Super Bowl Sunday so everybody's pumped. The patrons cheer loudly for a shot on the green that is 25 feet and in for birdie, but boo without remorse for a shot that misses the green. The players have a blast with it as some of them put on the jersey of their favorite football team and with Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium Sunday, there may be players donning a Patriots or Falcons jersey, or for the local guys, like Pat Perez and Phil, maybe an Arizona State jersey. It's loud, it's fun and it's pressure filled on Sunday. It's a key, nerve wrecking hole for the players with trouble to the right and a trap in front on the left. A par here is a good score on Sunday and a birdie is a huge bonus with the 323 yard par 4 17th coming up in which players can reach the green off the tee and have a putt at eagle. Though it's pretty challenging to stay on the green and make eagle and even birdie on the huge, lengthy green. Then the players finish at 18, a difficult 438 yard, par 4, that requires a 280 yard carry over water on the player's left.The longer hitters really have an advantage on TPC Scottsdale.
Going with the 23 year old gunslinger from Dallas. It's time the young stud wins again. Justin Thomas can't steal all the thunder this year.