Waste Management Phoenix Open: Hadwin can hit back in round one

Canadian Adam Hadwin
Adam Hadwin can rack up the early birdies

Dave Tindall looks at the opening round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open and has three picks to make a fast start...

"Hadwin has started with rounds of 65 in two of his last three PGA Tour events, ending those opening laps in fourth spot."

Back Adam Hadwin each-way @ 55/1

Each-way terms: 1/5 odds, 7 places

Weather forecast for Scottsdale, Arizona: The usual deal in the desert is that the mornings are very chilly and hence the ball doesn't fly as far. Then the sun comes out later. That would help explain the advantage afternoon starters have enjoyed in this market. Looking at Thursday's forecast, temps are just 55 degrees at 9am but 75 degrees at 4pm.

R1 leader history:

2018 64 Bill Haas (pm)
2017 64 Matt Kuchar (pm)
2016 65 Rickie Fowler (am), Shane Lowry (am), Hideki Matsuyama (pm)
2015 64 Ryan Palmer (pm)

Summary: History + weather = advantage for the afternoon wave.

Hadwin can shine early again

We last saw Adam Hadwin on our screens somehow failing to win the Desert Classic in California when it looked for all the world that he'd come to win his race on the back nine.

While it was disappointing, the Canadian took the week off at Torrey Pines and now should be raring to go again.

Hadwin has started with rounds of 65 in two of his last three PGA Tour events, ending those opening laps in fourth spot.

While he hasn't made fast starts here in Phoenix, Hadwin has thrown in low rounds at the par 71, shooting a Friday 65 last year and two 66s in 2017 when T12.

And he'll certainly feel at home as he's one of the notable Scottsdale residents in the field.

He's been grouped with Adam Long, the man who pipped him in the Desert Classic, so that might just fire him up a bit and hopefully he can go low again from what looks an ideal 12:25pm start.

Back Bubba to find a spark

One man who definitely comes out of the blocks fast in Phoenix is Bubba Watson.

He's shot in the 60s on day one for the last seven years and was the first-round leader in 2014.

The left-hander was also camped in the top eight after R1 on five other occasions so quick starts are the norm here for Watson.

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We all know that he's one of the game's most extreme course horses and this is a venue where he's finished runner-up twice. That may override his slow start to 2019.

Take Bubba (12:05) for FRL at 50/1.

Look out for Laird

Meet Martin Laird.

He has the ideal 12:55 tee-time, is a local Scottsdale resident and has finished in the top 10 at his local event three times in the last four years.

Laird was also third in 2011 so he really does love this set-up.

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The Scotsman opened with a 65 in the recent Desert Classic to sit T4 after Thursday's play and also went low with a 66 on day two of the Farmers Insurance Open last week.

He didn't actually do that well in either event but this is a great chance to get on the leaderboard and hopefully straight out of the gate.

Laird seems a nice price at 75/1.

Dave's 2019 R1 leader P/L (based on £5 ew per selection)

Staked: £120
Returned: £0
P/L: -£120

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