The PGA Tour heads to the Arizona desert for the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the 11th event of the wraparound season. A full field of 132 players will tackle TPC Scottsdale in what is typically the most boisterous event of the year.
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Kevin Stadler won this event a year ago by one shot over Bubba Watson and Graham DeLaet, but he won't defend his title because of injury. Here are 10 players to watch in Scottsdale:
1. Jordan Spieth: When we last saw him, Spieth was lapping many of the game's best last month at Isleworth. While he is making his maiden trip to TPC Scottsdale, Spieth certainly has the game - and the confidence - to beat another world-class field this time around.
2. Bubba Watson: Watson led after each of the first three rounds last year before finishing T-2, his fourth top-10 finish in eight trips to TPC Scottsdale. The southpaw certainly embraces the party atmosphere at this week's stop, and he hasn't finished outside the top 25 since the Deutsche Bank Championship in September.
3. Patrick Reed: Reed is playing with plenty of confidence following a win in Maui, and he contended into the final round in defense of his Humana title. He tied for 19th last year in his Phoenix debut after opening with rounds of 67-67.
4. Matt Kuchar: Kuchar finished T-3 at the Sony Open, then chased it with a T-2 finish last week in Palm Springs. He remains one of the game's most consistent players and while he's making just his second trip to Phoenix since 2010, he did finish T-6 in 2009 at TPC Scottsdale.
5. Rickie Fowler: Fowler was one of the Tour's biggest success stories in 2014, and now he looks to validate the praise with another victory. It could come in Phoenix, where he was a surprise runner-up in 2010, but Fowler has missed the cut here each of the last two years.
6. Phil Mickelson: Mickelson won at TPC Scottsdale in 2013 after nearly shooting a 59, and he remains the tournament's all-time money winner. While he didn't contend last week at the Humana Challenge, he did lead the field in birdies - certainly a positive sign.
7. Hideki Matsuyama: Matsuyama's T-3 at Kapalua was his third top-10 finish of the wraparound season, and the Japanese phenom appears poised for another successful year. He tied for fourth in his TPC Scottsdale debut last year, breaking 70 in each round.
8. Brooks Koepka: Another of the game's rising stars returns to action this week in Phoenix. Koepka capped off a successful year with a win in Turkey in November, and he finished T-4 and T-8 in his first two starts of the wraparound season. His length off the tee and aggressive approach should suit him well at TPC Scottsdale.
9. Brendan Steele: Steele rallied for a runner-up finish last week in Palm Springs, and he carries that momentum to a course where he has had great success in the past. He has finished T-6 or better each of the last three years at TPC Scottsdale with four rounds of 65 or better during that span, including a third-round 62 last year.
10. Hunter Mahan: Mahan won this event in 2010, the highlight in a strong run of recent results at TPC Scottsdale. The veteran also finished T-4 last year and has cracked the top 35 in each of his last five trips to the desert, compiling a 68.1 stroke average in that time.