Rory McIlroy is back in action this week and will join a loaded PGA Tour field for the 2023 WM Phoenix Open. The event tees off Thursday at TPC Scottsdale, and the star-studded event will present a challenge when making WM Phoenix Open 2023 fantasy golf picks. McIlroy will be joined by 21 others who rank in the world’s top 25, including Jon Rahm, defending champion Scottie Scheffler and Collin Morikawa. You can’t afford them all, so you’ll need to find some bargains for your fantasy golf rankings. McIlroy (8-1) and Rahm (17-2) are the favorites in the latest 2023 WM Phoenix Open odds from Caesars Sportsbook.
Scheffler used his victory last year – his first on tour – as a springboard to a massive season. Will the good vibes make him a strong anchor for your 2023 WM Phoenix Open fantasy golf picks? Or would Hideki Matsuyama, who has won this event twice and has 28-1 odds, provide better value? Before setting your fantasy golf rankings or making any 2023 WM Phoenix Open picks, you need to see the fantasy golf projections and lineup advice from SportsLine fantasy expert Jim Holliman.
Holliman has been a writer and editor for nearly 25 years and has been playing and following the game closely for more than three decades. The Florida-based writer knows what it takes to win on the PGA Tour and how the players’ games fit the courses. The golf expert has been on a roll on his picks since last season. At the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, six of the expert’s picks finished in the top 15, including winner Justin Rose and top-five finishers Denny McCarthy and Keith Mitchell. At the Farmers Insurance Open, every player in his predictions made the cut, and four finished in the top 15, including winner Max Homa.
Last season, he nailed the Tour Championship, saying Rory McIlroy was the only player capable of making up a six-stroke deficit to get past Scheffler. “He has a lot of ground to make up,” Holliman said, “but he is the most well-rounded player in this field, so if anyone can do it, he can.” The Northern Irishman was actually down by 10 through two holes Sunday but stormed back to claim the title. Anyone who has followed Holliman’s predictions is way up on their golf picks.
Now, Holliman has ranked his top golfers from the 2023 WM Phoenix Open field. You can only see his fantasy golf rankings and WM Phoenix Open picks at SportsLine.
2023 WM Phoenix Open fantasy golf picks
Holliman isn’t hesitating to back McIlroy this week, and why would he? The Northern Irishman has blitzed every course he has played since storming to victory at East Lake in August. He made his PGA Tour season debut at the CJ Cup, where he won again. Then he dominated in five DP World Tour events, following up four top-10 finishes with a victory in his most recent tournament – the Hero Dubai Desert Classic two weeks ago. McIlroy isn’t likely to slow down at least until the Masters, where he will once again try to finish off his career Grand Slam in April.
On the flip side, the expert saw some chinks in Rahm’s armor at the Farmers Insurance Open and is slightly fading him. The Spaniard barely cracks the expert’s top five, because Holliman knows his talent will keep in contention but he is unlikely to finish atop the leaderboard. The 28-year-old shot rounds of 73 and 74 at Torrey Pines, but he still managed a tie for seventh place. He had his worst greens in regulation performance of the season there (73.6%), and he lost strokes on the green the previous week. Rahm “might be coming back to the pack a bit,” Holliman says. You can see who else to back this week at SportsLine.
How to set your 2023 WM Phoenix Open golf rankings
For the WM Phoenix Open 2023, Holliman is backing several longshots, including one higher than 25-1 who comes off an excellent finish. This golfer has also never missed the cut at this event. You can find out who it is, and check out all of Holliman’s PGA picks, only at SportsLine.
Who wins the 2023 WM Phoenix Open? Who are the top PGA Tour players to target for your WM Phoenix Open fantasy picks? And which overlooked players can help you win your league this week? Visit SportsLine now to get Jim Holliman’s Fantasy golf rankings for the 2023 WM Phoenix Open, all from the fantasy expert with his finger on the pulse of the game, and find out.