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The Phoenix Open this year might be sponsored by Waste Management, yet it's anything but a load of rubbish.

For golf fans in the western USA, Phoenix is one of the highlights of the entire year: this is the best-attended golf tournament anywhere in the world, with almost half a million people coming through the gates during the week - roughly double the number that attend The Open.

And of those half million people, some 90 per cent are likely to be very, very drunk, because as well as being the busiest week in golf it's also the rowdiest.

It's an event that sees inebriated fans abuse players, beer cans litter the rough and TV viewers complain about the atmopshere of debauchery.

Quite why the organisers feel the need to apologise for making a golf tournament so much fun to attend is a mystery, but nonetheless the Thunderbirds - a local rotary club-style organisation who own the event - are always at pains to point out that they raise a huge amount of money for charity.

Most famous of all is the astonishing 16th hole, a birdie opportunity par-3 that always draws the unbelievable screams from 20,000 fans packed around it - and never more so than when Tiger Woods made an ace here back in 1997:

 

Some players love the atmosphere, others absolutely hate it - making selecting your team a little bit easier than normal.

And top of your list should be Ian Poulter. There's nothing Poulter likes more than being the centre of attention at a big tournament, and his confidence will be sky high after his win at the WGC Accenture Match Play - so make him your man in group C.

Former champion JB Holmes is a the obvious shout in group B. He missed the cut last year, but won the tournament in 2006 and 2008 and is a solid bet to add another title in 2010.

We've picked out Geoff Ogilvy alongside Holmes, partly on the back of a solid T17 last year, but more for his good form in 2010 so far. Briny Baird and Sean O'Hair are the back-ups.

Also playing well this year is Ryan Moore, who narrowly gets the nod in group A ahead of big-hitting Bubba Watson. Both will thrive on the TPC Scottsdale layout, and both are in top form with Watson unlucky not to break his victory duck in Arizona a few weeks ago.

The current Road to Ireland group leaders are:

Group 1: Sidgolfer - 1,257 points

Group 2: Sergioforthopen - 1,232

Group 3: tigers9iron - 1,306

Group 4: Killarney GC - 1,247

Group 5: FC GYTO Chubsters - 1,277

Group 6: tigersUSdbillionBJ's - 1,315

Remember, the player who tops the Road to Ireland standings for each group at the end of the season will be put in a draw to win our great prize which includes:

- 3 nights bed and breakfast at the Dundrum House Hotel in Tipperary for 2 people
- 2 rounds of golf at Dundrum House Golf Resort for 2 people
- Return flights to Cork from a selection of UK airports

The prize is donated by the fabulous Dundrum House Hotel as part of the new Club Choice Ireland golf alliance! Visit Club Choice Ireland for more details or e-mail for more information.

If you missed the deadline you can still join, and remember all group leaders at the end of the year will be eligible for the overall prize. Just CLICK HERE and enter the Group 6 id: 11786 and password: bunkermentality.

The deadline to select or edit your active round 1 players for this tournament is 12:35 GMT on Thursday.

There are more research tools here to help you pick the right squad, while this week's experts selections are in the table below. 

 

THE EXPERTS A LIST B LIST C LIST

     
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Eurosport

  1. Ryan Moore
  2. Bubba Watson
  1. J.B. Holmes
  2. Geoff Ogilvy
  3. Briny Baird
  4. Sean O'Hair
  1. Ian Poulter
  2. Matt Kuchar

     
Greg Vara

Greg Vara


Greg Vara

RotoWire.com

  1. Zach Johnson
  2. Phil Mickelson
  1. Camillo Villegas
  2. Geoff Ogilvy
  3. J.B. Holmes
  4. David Toms
  1. Brandt Snedeker
  2. Ian Poulter

     
Erik Planer

Erik Planer


Erik Planer

Yahoo! Sports

  1. Phil Mickelson
  2. Anthony Kim 
  1. Robert Allenby 

  2. Camillo Villegas

  3. Kevin Na 

  4. Geoff Ogilvy

  1. Ben Crane
  2. Ricky Barnes

     
Matt Romig

Matt Romig


Matt Romig

Yahoo! Sports

  1. Zach Johnson
  2. Kenny Perry
  1. Camillo Villegas
  2. Geoff Ogilvy
  3. Y.E. Yang
  4. Charles Howell III
  1. Ian Poulter
  2. Skip Kendall

     
Michael Arkush

Michael Arkush


Michael Arkush

Yahoo! Sports

  1. Kenny Perry
  2. Zach Johnson 
  1. Geoff Ogilvy 
  2. J. B. Holmes 
  3. Robert Allenby 
  4. Sean O'Hair
  1. Matt Kuchar
  2. Brandt Snedeker

 

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