Justin Thomas can return to winning ways at the Phoenix Open

Justin Thomas is running into form and can flourish at the Phoenix Open (Picture: Reuters)

Amen Corner at Augusta, the Road Hole at St Andrews and Calamity Corner at Royal Portrush rank among the most famous and fearsome holes in the golfing world.

But there’s nothing quite like the 16th at Scottsdale on Super Bowl Sunday when the Phoenix Open is drawing to a close.

Thousands of fans gather in the amphitheatre surrounding the par three, many wearing replica jerseys in support of their favourite NFL team and they are the most raucous supporters on the PGA circuit.

The crowd went crazy when Tiger Woods sank a hole-in-one there a few years ago and the green was covered in hundreds of beers cans as the rowdy hordes launched them onto the playing surface after Harry Higgs sank a ten-footer for par and whipped off his shirt to celebrate in 2022.

Authorities have tried to dampen the over-enthusiasm since then, but you can bet your bottom dollar there will hectic scenes this weekend as the tournament draws to a climax before the big game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers in Las Vegas.

Scottie Scheffler is the defending champion but he is short at a best price 6/1 with bet365.

Instead, we will stick with Justin Thomas, who was a solo fourth 12 months ago and drew for us each-way at Pebble Beach along with Justin Day when the final round was abandoned on Sunday because of bad weather and safety concerns. 

Thomas is 16/1 with Sky Bet and Sam Burns, tied six at the Arizona course last year, also appeals as he is also in good shape after finishing tenth in the shortened AT&T Pro-Am. He’s 22/1 with the same firm.

Our final each-way bets this week start with Eric Cole, who continues to intrigue. He has been tantalisingly close to cashing in with a big finish at a whopping price this year and was tied 14th at Pebble Beach so we’ll take the 40/1 with Sky Bet. The other guy to follow is Beau Hossler, also tied 14th at the weekend, who is 60/1 with bet365.

Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift will be celebrating at the Super Bowl

Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift will be celebrating at the Super Bowl (Picture: Getty)

• Taylor Swift won a record-breaking fourth album of the year award at the Grammys and will be the biggest star at the Super Bowl on Sunday even though Usher is performing the half-time entertainment.

She will be cheering on her sweetheart, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, and it’s a shame bookmakers are not offering odds for him to propose on the pitch in Las Vegas if his side win the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Still, you can’t miss with Kelce scoring the game’s first touchdown at 17/2 with William Hill and celebrating a TD in the endzone at any time at evens with the same firm.

• Bolton, Stevenage and Walsall form Tuesday’s Football League treble.


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