Adam Hadwin in contention in Phoenix Open

Posted on February 5, 2021

Canadian professional golfer Adam Hadwin is just four shots off the lead after the first round of this weekend’s Waste Management Phoenix Open this weekend at TPC Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona. Hadwin shot a -4 in Round 1 and is one of three Canadians competing at the latest PGA Tour event. The two others include Corey Conners and Nick Taylor.

Through the first round, Conners is shooting a -2 with Taylor at -1 heading into Friday’s second round. There is a two-way tie at the top of the leaderboard with Matthew NeSmith and Mark Hubbard at eight under par. The tournament also features some of the top golfers in the world including Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele, Rory McIlroy as well as the defending champ Webb Simpson.

The second round is set to get started at 9:20 a.m. ET on Friday morning. Here’s an overview of the Canadian golfers heading into Round 2.

Adam Hadwin

The leader of the group, Hadwin shot a -4 and comes into Friday in a tie for 12th place along with eight other golfers. He successfully completed a bogey-free round on Thursday and sunk four birdies.

Hadwin is set to tee off at 9:20 a.m. ET on Friday morning as part of the first group on the first tee and will play with Charl Schwartzel and Denny McCarthy.

Corey Conners

Conners is tied for 37th place along with 12 other players and six strokes down from the two leaders at -2 after Thursday’s first round. He shot a 69 with a bogey on hole No. 8 but birdied three holes to get under par.

Conners will tee off at hole No. 1 at 10:20 a.m. ET to start his second round and will be playing alongside Ted Potter Jr. and Martin Laird.

Nick Taylor

Taylor finished the first day third among the three Canadians, but he’s just one stroke behind Conners at -1. He is tied for 50th place with 19 other players heading to Friday. Taylor was all over the board in the first round, carding five bogeys but made up for them with six birdies throughout the day for a score of 70.

Taylor will begin his day at 3 p.m. ET on Friday afternoon alongside Brian Harman and Kevin Stadler.

Updated Phoenix Open Betting Odds

After the first round of action, oddsmakers have adjusted the numbers heading into Friday, so let’s take a look at where things stand at the Phoenix Open. All betting odds are via a popular United States sportsbook.

Outright Winner

Oddsmakers are not too optimistic any of the Canadians will be the last man standing when the winner is announced on Sunday. Hadwin has the best odds at +5000, which is tied for 17th. Connors is looking at +6500 odds, which is a tie for 19th, and Taylor’s +50000 odds has him in a tie for 73rd best odds along with 10 other golfers.

After Thursday’s first round, Schauffele is the betting favorite at +430. He shot a -5 and is in a tie for sixth place going into Round 2.

Finishing Position

While winning the Phoenix Open outright isn’t too likely according to oddsmakers, they set odds for where golfers may finish in a certain range. This particular sportsbook is offering odds on whether players will finish inside the top 20 or the top 10.

Hadwin is getting +490 odds to finish inside the top 10 and +170 for a top-20 finish. As for Conners, he has the same odds for top 10 at +490 but slightly lower in terms of a top 20 finish compared to Hadwin at +190. Taylor has far worse odds to reach either range at +2100 for top 10 and +900 for top 20.

Round Matchups

The sportsbook placed the golfers along with their playing partners on Friday, and bettors can choose which competitor will have a better score in Round 2.

In Hadwin’s group, he is the favorite at +125 with Schwartzel at +200 and McCarthy having slightly worse odds at +220. Conners is the favorite in his group at +110 with Laird right behind him at +185 and Potter trailing at +270. Taylor has the second best odds to come out on top Friday in his group at +130, behind Harman at +120 with Stadler checking in at +450.

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