The 2016 fantasy golf season is off and running, as the PGA Tour heads to Arizona this week for the Waste Managemen Phoenix Open. A field of 132 players will tackle TPC Scottsdale, whose raucuous finishing stretch annually makes it one of the rowdiest Tour stops of the year.
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Brooks Koepka won this event last year by one shot over a quartet of players. Here are 10 players to watch in Phoenix:
1. Brandt Snedeker: The hottest player on Tour, Snedeker rolls into Phoenix right off his improbable win at Torrey Pines. Snedeker now has finished T-3 or better in each of his first three starts of the year, and his record at TPC Scottsdale includes three top-10 finishes in the last five years, highlighted by a runner-up showing in 2013.
2. Bubba Watson: Watson has finished second here each of the last two years, including a playoff loss in 2014. He was also T-5 in 2012 and his game appears ideally suited for TPC Scottsdale, a bomber's paradise where birdies are expected in bunches. Will be making his first start since a T-10 showing in Maui.
3. Hideki Matsuyama: The Japanese phenom finished T-4 in his Phoenix debut in 2014, then followed that with a runner-up finish last year. Matsuyama typically hits plenty of greens, a strong trait to lean on this week, but he seems to get an often-balky putter to cooperate in the desert.
4. Kevin Na: He has to get a win at some point, right? Na finished T-3 in Palm Springs, his fourth top-3 finish in six starts this season, and now returns to Phoenix where he has been a regular contender in recent years. Na's record at this event includes four top-5 finishes and no result worse than T-36 since 2012.
5. Brooks Koepka: The defending champ had no trouble adjusting to his new Nike equipment in Hawaii, where he finished T-3 at Kapalua. Koepka won last year in his debut appearance, and displays all of the attributes - length off the tee, accurate approaches and strong putting - that make him a threat to repeat.
6. J.B. Holmes: Holmes earned his first win here in 2006, then hoisted the trophy again in 2008. While his record since has been somewhat spotty - a T-5 finish in 2011 is his only top-40 result since his second win - Holmes has transformed his game over the last two years and finished T-6 last week in San Diego.
7. Martin Laird: The Scottsdale resident lives only a few minutes from this week's venue and often practices on the TPC Scottsdale range. He finished T-5 last year after holding the 54-hole lead, and Laird now returns on the heels of a T-8 finish amid difficult conditions this past weekend at Torrey Pines.
8. Ryan Palmer: Palmer has a penchant for going low, and he came up one shot short behind Koepka here a year ago. He also finished T-5 in 2013, and Palmer typically does much of his damage on the west coast. That remains the case this season, as he followed a T-13 finish at Sony with a T-17 finish in Palm Springs.
9. Rickie Fowler: Fowler's early exit in San Diego was understandable given the jet lag after his win in Abu Dhabi, and he remains a name to watch this week. But his WMPO record outside of a runner-up in 2010 isn't exactly dazzling: T-26, T-46 and a pair of missed cuts over the last four years.
10. Charles Howell III: Still rolling right along. Howell's T-16 finish at Torrey Pines was his seventh top-20 finish in eight starts to begin the wraparound season. He'll look to remain hot in Phoenix, where his past results include a T-4 finish in 2010 and a T-6 finish in 2014.