Shotgun Start: Previewing the Waste Management Open

Jonathan Wall

It's tournament time! We continue the season at the Waste Management Open, a tournament that's known for having one of the rowdiest crowds on the PGA Tour. Here's a tournament primer to get you

prepared for the week.

The course: TPC Scottsdale has been hosting the Phoenix Open since 1987, just one year after the course officially opened to the public. At 7,216 yards, the course isn't long by tour standards -- it's currently ranked as the 42nd easiest course on tour (out of 51) -- but the lack of length usually ends up adding to the drama -- especially on Sunday afternoon. Only 558 yards, the reachable par-5 15th hole starts a four-hole finish that's one of the best on tour. The 162-yard par-3 16th is known as the loudest hole on the PGA Tour, and with the addition of new grandstands that encompass the hole, it can sometimes feel like you're in pressure cooker. Throw in the drivable 17th and difficult 18th and you have a fantastic risk-reward finish.

The schedule: The tournament runs Thursday-Sunday. It'll be broadcast on the Golf Channel from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET on Thursday and Friday, and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday on CBS.

The field: Webb Simpson (6) and Dustin Johnson (9) may be the only OWGR top 10 players in the field this week, but that doesn't mean the Waste Management Open is without top-tier talent. Phil Mickelson, Fred Couples, and Rickie Fowler are three fan favorites in the field this week, and the addition of Bill Haas, Keegan Bradley, Matt Kuchar and Brandt Snedeker round out a solid tournament field.

The video: Check out this PGA Tour recap of some of the Waste Management Open's most memorable moments.

Your turn. Who are your picks for this week? Swing away!