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Sergio Garcia uses putter that even most equipment junkies won’t have heard of before



Over the weekend, Sergio Garcia kicked off his 2024 season at LIV Mayakoba, and put in a solid performance. The Spaniard started off the week hot and ended up losing on the 4th playoff hole when it was nearly pitch black out to Chilean Joaquin Niemann. Sergio’s strong performance wasn’t due to his typically impeccable ball striking. Instead, it was the usually inconsistent putter that propelled the 44-year-old up the leaderboard.

Perhaps what spurred the strong performance on the greens was a new putter, which Garcia put in the bag for the first time at El Camaleon. As posted by @sms_on_tour on Instagram, he was using a Golfyr putter.


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The Golfyr putter Sergio was using is the model ‘The Maker Premier – CHF 625″.

The company uses “Carbonics Fundamentals” in their putters, which makes the putter quite unique.

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Vincenzi’s 2024 WM Phoenix Open betting preview: Star names to shine in the desert



After a windy week at Pebble Beach, golf fans will be treated to an outstanding field at one of the best tournaments for viewing of the season. The raucous crowd at the famous 16th hole followed by a memorable finishing stretch of holes has turned into a Super Bowl Sunday staple leading up to the big game.

The Waste Management Phoenix Open is no longer a “signature event”, as it was last year, but it has still attracted a very solid group of players. The field will feature plenty of stars including Matt Fitzpatrick, Rickie Fowler, Viktor Hovland, Sungjae Im, Jordan Spieth, Cameron Young, Xander Schauffele, Scottie Scheffler, Justin Thomas, Sahith Theegala and Adam Scott. 

TPC Scottsdale is a par-71 that measures 7,261 yards and features Bermudagrass greens (although they are much more of a blend rather than pure Bermudagrass).

Past Winners at the Waste Management Phoenix Open

  • 2023: Scottie Scheffler (-19)
  • 2022: Scottie Scheffler (-22)
  • 2021: Brooks Koepka (-19)
  • 2020: Webb Simpson (-17)
  • 2019: Rickie Fowler (-17)
  • 2018: Gary Woodland (-18)
  • 2017: Hideki Matsuyama (-17)
  • 2016: Hideki Matsuyama (-14)
  • 2015: Brooks Koepka (-15)

Let’s take a look at several metrics for TPC Scottsdale to determine which golfers boast top marks in each category over their last 24 rounds:

Going forward, I’ll be using the brand-new Bet The Number data engine to develop my custom model. All statistics listed come directly from the PGA Tour. If you want to build your own model or check out all of the detailed stats, you can sign up using promo code: MATT for $5 off the Monthly and $50 off the Annual Subscription. 

Strokes Gained: Approach

Approach will once again be very important this week.

Last year, Scottie Scheffler gained 9.1 strokes on approach on his way to victory. In 2021, Brooks Koepka was second in the field in Strokes Gained: Approach, trailing only Jordan Spieth, who finished fourth. In 2020, Webb Simpson ranked first in the field in the category en route to a playoff victory over Tony Finau.

The greens are relatively flat, and pins should be accessible.

Total Strokes Gained: Approach in Past 24 Rounds (per round):

  1. Xander Schauffele (+1.1)
  2. Mark Hubbard (+.91)
  3. Taylor Montgomery (+.90)
  4. Scottie Scheffler (+.89)
  5. Beau Hossler (+.86)

SG: Off the Tee

TPC Scottsdale is not an overly long golf course. Distance off the tee is not absolutely essential, but it is a definite asset. A good combination of distance and accuracy should be the recipe this week, with distance still being a bit more important.

SG: OTT in Past 24 Rounds (per round):

  1. Kevin Yu (+1.0)
  2. Scottie Scheffler (+.95) 
  3. Keith Mitchell (+.91)
  4. Byeong Hun An (+.86)
  5. Jhonnatan Vegas (+.81)

Strokes Gained: Putting

Greens tend to get really firm and fast in the Arizona desert. Statistically, players will have to putt well to contend. 

Strokes Gained: Putting in last 24 rounds:

  1. Min Woo Lee (+1.3)
  2. Sam Ryder (+1.3)
  3. Chad Ramey (+1.2)
  4. Taylor Montgomery (+1.1)
  5. Matt Kuchar (+1.0)

Greens in Regulation Percentage

Statistics from previous years at TPC Scottsdale say Greens in Regulation: Gained at the course is much more indicative of the winner at this tournament than TOUR average.

With many bunkers and firm dry areas around the greens, missing the putting surface can be consequential.

Total Greens in Regulation Gained: Gained in Past 24 Rounds

  1. Scottie Scheffler (+82.8%) 
  2. Andrew Putnam (+82.6%) 
  3. Corey Conners (+80.7%)
  4. Lucas Glover (+80.3%)
  5. Erik Van Rooyen (+80.2%)

Bogey Avoidance

With the winner in the high teens under par on average, making a lot of bogeys will make it incredibly difficult to contend. 

Bogey Avoidance: Past 24 Rounds

  1. Ryan Moore (+7.1)
  2. Andrew Putnam (+7.9)
  3. Scottie Scheffler (+8.3)
  4. Alex Noren (+8.3)
  5. Viktor Hovland (+8.4)

Statistical Model

Below, I’ve reported overall model rankings using a combination of the five key statistical categories previously discussed.

These rankings are comprised of SG: App (28%), SG: OTT (25%), SG: Putting (17%), GIR %(18%) and Bogey Avoidance (12%).

  1. Scottie Scheffler (+550)
  2. Xander Schauffele (+1100)
  3. Corey Conners (+7000)
  4. Sam Ryder (+18000)
  5. Adam Svensson (+13000)
  6. Erik Van Rooyen (+11000)
  7. Viktor Hovland (+1100)
  8. Chesson Hadley (+10000)
  9. Taylor Montgomery (+8000)
  10. Max Homa (+1600)

2024 Waste Management Phoenix Open Picks

Justin Thomas +1400 (DraftKings)

Justin Thomas has been on fire to kick off his 2024 season. He finished 3rd at the American Express and put another great week together at Pebble Beach, finishing in a tie for 6th. Now he will be heading to a course that he absolutely loves in search of his first victory since the 2022 PGA Championship.

Thomas has played some great golf at TPC Scottsdale. He finished 4th at the course last year and 8th in 2022, gaining 7.1 strokes on approach, which was second in the field behind only Bubba Watson. Additionally, Thomas has third place finishes in both 2019 and 2020 as well as a 13th place finish in 2021.  

The Waste Management Phoenix Open is an event I’ve always thought Justin Thomas was destined to win. As we’ve seen at both the Ryder Cup and the President’s Cup, “JT” is a player who thrives off of energy from the crowd, and he’ll certainly get his fair share of that this week in Scottsdale.

Jordan Spieth +2200 (DraftKings)

Spieth hit the ball pretty well at Pebble Beach but just couldn’t get many putts to fall. The former Masters champion has played well at TPC Scottsdale throughout his career, and this should be another event where he has a chance to contend, especially with the field a bit weaker this week.

Last year at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Spieth finished in 6th place and gained 11.5 strokes from tee to green including an incredible 8.4 of those strokes on approach, which was second only to the winner Scottie Scheffler. He also has past finishes of 4th in 2021 and 9th in 2017.

Spieth has had a strong start to his season, finishing 3rd at The Sentry prior to a mediocre week at Pebble Beach. Spieth in contention would be a great scene on Super Bowl Sunday.

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Bryson DeChambeau using irons from unique brand that offers clubs that nobody else does



Bryson DeChambeau has never been afraid to mix things up in his bag, and the 30-year-old is now playing irons from a company claiming to have created the “world’s first combo-length iron set.”

  • Join the discussion on Bryson’s new irons here.

The company is Avoda Golf, who sell both combo length and same length irons on their website.

Avoda’s como length irons sees the lob wedge to 8-iron in the same length of 36 inches, which is the same as a 9-iron length. The 4, 5, 6, and 7 irons then each come in variable length which are slightly shorter than you would usually expect.

Per their website, Avoda Golf champions the world’s first combo length irons, saying:

“Both variable and same-length irons offer advantages and drawbacks. We’ve designed a set that eliminates the downsides while leveraging the strengths of both for superior accuracy into and around the green.”

Bryson finished T25 in LIV Mayakoba over the weekend.

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Wyndham Clark hails one big equipment alteration after Pebble Beach win



Wyndham Clark came away from the Pebble Beach AT&T Pro-Am with an unexpected victory. The tournament was shortened to 54 holes with horrible weather on Sunday and Monday preventing play from continuing.

On Saturday, the reigning U.S. Open champion stormed up the leaderboard and shot a course record-60. The scorching hot round was in large part due to the putter, as Clark made over 150 feet of putts on the front-9 alone.

Prior to the event starting, Clark felt unsure putting and decided to test out numerous putters on the practice greens. Ultimately, he decided to use Odyssey’s Jailbird, which players like Keegan Bradley and Rickie Fowler rode to victory last season.

Following his win on Sunday, Clark talked about the putter switch to, saying:

“A lot of big changes, but when you were as — when you’re in a spot where I was mentally in putting, you kind of needed a change, just something totally different so you couldn’t complain or have those same feels that I had in previous tournaments.

“So yeah, a lot changed, but I think not having the line on the putter’s been the biggest thing for me.”

The 30-year-old also said talking with his sports psychologist, Julie Elion, helped him decide it was time to switch putters as well.

“Yeah, the brunt of our work has been on the putting recently,” he said. “We’ve been so focused on it, and she kind of told me — she told me this week, she said let’s stop having goals for putting and let’s just move on. We’re putting too much emphasis on the putting. We were trying to have the best attitude we could possibly have, especially coming into greens like this where they are really bumpy, so slopey and it makes it really hard to make putts.”

The changes certainly worked, as a rain-shortened event created a situation where Clark didn’t have to go back out on Sunday to back up a Saturday 60 where he gained 5.3 strokes putting on the field.

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