One of the most popular events on the PGA Tour takes place at TPC Scottsdale, Arizona this week, the Phoenix Open.

Recent winners include Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka and three-time champion Phil Mickelson, who is set to play the event for a staggering 30th time.

The event gave Gary Woodland his third PGA Tour win in 2018 as he defeated compatriot Chez Reavie in a playoff.

Woodland returns to defend his crown this year and is likely to face a strong challenge from FedEx Cup points leader Xander Schauffele and Spain’s Jon Rahm who resides in Phoenix, Arizona.

The story this week though could be around Mickelson, who was denied a possible 44th PGA Tour victory by Adam Long’s closing birdie at the California Desert Classic.

He is bidding to become the first four-time winner of the event, as he is currently tied on three wins with Arnold Palmer, Gene Littler and Mark Calcavecchia. A victory for Mickelson would also see him hold the record for the most PGA Tour wins in Arizona.

Meanwhile, Matsuyama is targeting a third victory in four years after a wrist injury derailed his bid for a third consecutive triumph in 2018. He was victorious in 2016 and 2017 playoffs against Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson respectively, on a run that saw him reach number two in the world rankings.

American Bryson DeChambeau arrives in Arizona as the man in form after claiming a fourth title in nine events at the Dubai Desert Classic last weekend.

He produced a superb display to win by seven shots with a tournament-record 24 under par, beating the likes of Matt Wallace, Ian Poulter and Sergio Garcia.

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