• Eric Cohen

By Eric Cohen



As some of you loyal readers know, I live in Arizona, right down

the street from TPC Scottsdale, where this week’s PGA

Tournament, the Waste Management Phoenix Open is played.

I’ve been to the WMPO all 7 days each of the last two years,

coincidentally I’ve also had money on both tournament champions

those years, Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson (who I got at 100-

1 after the 1 st round in 2020).

Unfortunately with limited attendance measures intact, my streak

of attending the Open might be out the window come this

weekend…but I still have a strong feeling as to who will win.

In previous years, more often than not, the tournament champion

is a bigger name in the world of golf. This isn’t The American

Express where your best bet is to pick a longshot. The chalk or

thereabouts isn’t a bad play…and while I’m not picking Jon Rahm,

the second choice, Justin Thomas, seems due after finishing in 3 rd

in 2019 AND 2020. Don’t sleep on Xander Schauffele, another big

hitter who can take advantage of the wide fairways at TPC

Scottsdale and the favorable scoring holes on the back nine.

Congratulations to The Parlay Kid for hitting our first collective

winner of the 2021 season with Patrick Reed at the Farmers

Insurance Open. He and the rest of our panelists seem to be

relying on past champions at this event but in this case, it’s time

to deviate.

Once again the rules: each picker will get a simulated $200 to bet;

$100 of which will be on win bets and another $100 on top-5, top-

10, and top-20 bets only. The kicker this time is that the money


can only be spent on a maximum of three golfers in each

category. Picking winners has never been so difficult.

Here are this week’s plays for the Waste Management Phoenix

Open:

(Odds courtesy of Draft Kings Sportsbook)

The Parlay Kid

Last Week’s Results: +$840 (Patrick Reed win)

Total ROI: +$792.50

Winners Picked in 2021: 1

$40 to WIN: Webb Simpson (+1500)

$40 to WIN: Hideki Matsuyama (+2300)

$20 to WIN: Gary Woodland (+7500)

$100 on Top-10: Hideki Matsuyama (+250)

Harry

Last Week’s Results: -$12.50

Total ROI: -$87.50

Winners Picked in 2021: 0

$40 to WIN: Gary Woodland (+7500)

$35 to WIN: Webb Simpson (+1500)

$25 to WIN: Louis Oosthuizen (+4500)

$50 on Top-20: Gary Woodland (+225)

$25 on Top-20: Kevin Streelman (+350)

$25 on Top-10: Brendan Steele (+800)

Producer Michael

Last Week’s Results: -$25

Total ROI: -$250

Winners Picked in 2021: 0

$50 to WIN: Webb Simpson (+1500)

$25 to WIN: Hideki Matsuyama (+2300)

$25 to WIN: Sungjae Im (+3500)

$50 on Top-10: Hideki Matsuyama (+250)


$50 on Top-10: Sungjae Im (+350)

Eric:

Last Week’s Results: $100

Total ROI: -$300

Winners Picked in 2021: 0

$50 to WIN: Justin Thomas (+775)

$30 to WIN: Xander Schauffele (+850)

$20 to WIN: Daniel Berger (+1700)

$100 on Top-10: Daniel Berger (+200)

Brother Bri

Last Week’s Results: +$18.75

Total ROI: -$325

Winners Picked in 2021: 0

$50 to WIN: Justin Thomas (+775)

$25 to WIN: Webb Simpson (+1500)

$25 to WIN: Hideki Matsuyama (+2300)

$50 on Top-5: Justin Thomas (+200)

$25 on Top-10: Russell Henley (+550)

$25 on Top-10: Max Homa (+600)


Find more of Eric’s sports opinions and predictions on Twitter at

@CohensCornerAZ.